The Nationals might have started to turn things around on offense, and their best player might have had his most productive game in 10 months, but they were still in a one-run game. It seems to be what they’re destined to do.
Not that they mind. They beat the Cubs 5-4 on Wednesday, getting their sixth straight win by a run and moving back to a season-high two games over .500.
After a game where the Nationals and Cubs had traded a pair of two-run homers, Washington took the lead for good in the seventh inning, when Michael Morse came home on a suicide squeeze by Wilson Ramos. The Nationals had tried the play two pitches earlier, only Ramos missed the sign, swung away and nearly drilled Morse in the head with a foul ball. When manager Davey Johnson daringly tried it again, though, Ramos got the bunt down and Morse put the Nationals ahead for good.
Thirty-three of the Nationals’ 88 games have been decided by one run, and they’ve won 18 of them. Since June 1, they’re 13-3 in those games.
Drew Storen, working for the fifth time in six games, got his 22nd save.
More from the clubhouse in a little bit.