Apr 7, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) is congratulated by right fielder Jayson Werth (28) after hitting a home run during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Nationals Rally In The Eighth Inning To Beat The Cubs 7-4

The Washington Nationals picked up their second win of the season over the Cubs on Saturday 7-4, thanks to a late rally in the eighth inning.

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Nationals Vs. Cubs Final Score: Washington Rallies Late To Win 7-4

The Washington Nationals gave up their shot lived lead over the Chicago Cubs in the fourth inning on a Reed Johnson triple. Fortunately for the Nationals, once they were able to get to the Cubs bullpen and Kerry Wood on the mound, they were able to get a run back with a Danny Espinosa solo home run. Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche were able to then pick up back to back singles, forcing the Cubs to make another call to the bullpen.

The Cubs replaced Wood with Carlos Marmol who immediately walked Jayson Werth to load the bases. The Nats then brought in Chad Tracy to pinch hit, and it paid off with a two RBI single putting Wert on third base. Marmol gave up another hit to Roger Bernadina letting the Nats plate another run and push their lead to 6-4.

The Nats added another run in the inning to get to the final score of 7-4 and pick up their second win of the season and now have a winning streak going. The Nationals will try to sweep their first series of the season on Sunday against the Cubs.

For more on the two teams, head over to Washington Nationals blog Federal Baseball and Chicago Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue. For more from around baseball, head over to Baseball Nation. To keep track of all rumors and happenings in the game, check out MLB Daily Dish.

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Nationals Vs. Cubs Update: Washington Takes Lead, Only To Surrender It Back

The Washington Nationals trailed the Chicago Cubs early, as the Cubs took a 1-0 lead on a wild pitch by Gio Gonzalez letting Joe Mather score. It was a short held lead by the Cubs however, as the Nationals took a 2-1 lead on one swing by Adam LaRoche, who homered to right field in the top of the fourth inning.

The Nationals lead was shorter lived than the Cubs lead, as the Cubs took the lead right back in the bottom of the fourth inning. Giovanni Soto singled to get on base and then Marlon Byrd walked. Two batters later, Reed Johnson tripled to right field plating two runs to give the Cubs the 3-2 lead. Joe Mather then singled to left, scoring Reed Johnson to give the Cubs the 4-2 lead heading into the fifth inning.

For more on the two teams, head over to Washington Nationals blog Federal Baseball and Chicago Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue. For more from around baseball, head over to Baseball Nation. To keep track of all rumors and happenings in the game, check out MLB Daily Dish.

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Michael Morse Injury Update: Washington Left Fielder May Return Tuesday

Washington Nationals outfielder Michael Morse, who missed much of spring training with a lat injury, may be returning to the club and lineup on Tuesday. Via Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider:

Already planning to take a day off from his rehab assignment with Class AA Harrisburg, Nationals left fielder Michael Morse is heading to New York today to receive treatment on his healing right lat muscle.

Manager Davey Johnson described the one-day trip to New York as strictly for treatment purposes and said the lat tear that sidelined Morse for much of March has completely healed. The club still anticipates to have its cleanup hitter back in the lineup as soon as Tuesday, the first day he's eligible to come off the disabled list.

With Morse's anticipated return next week, and Rick Ankiel's supposed return a few days later, the Nationals will soon be forced to drop some members of the roster, perhaps veterans Brett Carroll or Chad Tracy.

For more on the two teams, head over to Washington Nationals blog Federal Baseball and Chicago Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue. For more from around baseball, head over to Baseball Nation. To keep track of all rumors and happenings in the game, check out MLB Daily Dish.

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Nationals Vs. Cubs: Lineups, TV Schedule, Game Time And More

The Washington Nationals take the field Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field with new lefthander Gio Gonzalez on the mound, facing Matt Garza and the Chicago Cubs.

Washington won the season opener for both clubs 2-1 on Thursday, behind a dominant performance from Stephen Strasburg and some late inning Cubs bullpen struggles.

Here is all you need to know for today's game:

Gameday/Time: Saturday, April 7, 1:05 p.m. ET

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

Starting Pitchers: Gio Gonzalez (0-0) vs. Matt Garza (0-0)

TV: MASNHD, MLB Network

Streaming: MLB.tv

Cubs Lineup:

  1. Reed Johnson, RF
  2. Joe Mather, 3B
  3. Starlin Castro, SS
  4. Alfonso Soriano, LF
  5. Jeff Baker 1B,
  6. Geovany Soto, C
  7. Marlon Byrd, CF
  8. Darwin Barney, 2B
  9. Matt Garza, P

Nationals

    1. Ian Desmond, SS
    2. Danny Espinosa, 2B
    3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
    4. Adam LaRoche, 1B
    5. Jayson Werth, RF
    6. Mark DeRosa, LF
    7. Roger Bernadina, CF
    8. Wilson Ramos, C
    9. Gio Gonzalez, P

    For more on the two teams, head over to Washington Nationals blog Federal Baseball and Chicago Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue. For more from around baseball, head over to Baseball Nation. To keep track of all rumors and happenings in the game, check out MLB Daily Dish.

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Nationals Vs. Cubs: Gio Gonzalez Debuts As Washington Faces Chicago

The Washington Nationals, fresh off a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs in each team's season opener on Thursday, will unveil new lefty Gio Gonzalez on Saturday when the two teams square off again at Wrigley Field.

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