WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 05: Drew Storen #22 of the Washington Nationals celebrates after the final out in a 3-2 victory against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park on July 5, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Cubs Vs. Nationals: Bullpen Closes Door On Cubs Leaving Nationals Victorious 3-2

Southpaw Ross Detwiler relied on his defense and bullpen to pull out a win in his 2011 debut. The Nationals offense got their scoring done all in the first inning, but it was just enough to clip the Cubs.

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Cubs Vs. Nationals Final: Scrappy Nationals Hold Off Hibernating Cubs For 3-2 Victory

There was a word that described the 2005 Washington Nationals: scrappy. Somehow, someway, against all odds the 2005 version of the team found ways to win. Fast forward to 2011 and the recent incarnation is doing the same. The Nats held off the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night and for the second night in a row beat the Cubs by one run by the final score of 3-2.

With the Nationals up 3-0 and recently called up pitcher Ross Detwiler cruising into his third look at the Cubs line-up when Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run home in the top of the sixth putting Chicago within one late in the game. That is all Nats manager Davey Johnson needed to see. He pulled Detwiler for reliever Todd Coffey and with him and the help of Sean Burnett and 2011 All-Star Tyler Clippard the Nats bullpen kept the Cubs guessing into the ninth. Closer Drew Storen took over and made it game over. Storen gave up only one single to Marlon Byrd (a former Nationals outfielder), but got the three outs necessary to end the game and earn his 21st save of the season.

Detwiler won his debut going 5.1 innings giving up two runs on four hits. He issued no walks and had one strikeout, relying heavily on ground outs, fly balls and the defense behind him. They did not let him down.

The Nationals are 12-3 in 1-run games since June 1. The Nationals move above .500 with a 44-43 record and will go for the series win against the Cubs on Wednesday night.


Cubs Vs. Nationals Score: Nationals Chase Cubs Into An Early Hole 3-0

The Washington Nationals came out swinging in their Tuesday night game against the Chicago Cubs and coupled with taking advantage of some Cubs errors they have jumped out in front early in support of pitcher Ross Detwiler who is making his 2011 season debut. The Nationals lead the Cubs 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth-inning.

In the first-inning the Nationals loaded the bases to start the game, the first three batters in Roger Bernadina, Danny Espinosa and Ryan Zimmerman all singled against Chicago pitcher Ramon Ortiz who is also making his 2011 debut. The next batter Laynce Nix reached base on a forced attempt and a errant throw by Jeff Baker allowed Bernadina and Espinosa to score. Later in the inning Zimmerman scored when Wilson Ramos hit a ground ball single that deflected off Aramis Ramirez.

Detwiler has only given up two hits to the Cubs and has not recorded a walk and only one strikeout. The young southpaw instead is relying on the defense behind him to make the outs. Both teams have only one error and the Nationals error did come on a Detwiler throw.


Cubs Vs. Nationals: Nationals Look To Keep The Cubs "Lovable" Losers

Two starting pitchers will get their 2011 season in the game between the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night at Nationals Park. The Nationals have tapped left-hander Ross Detwiler to take on Chicago Cubs pitcher (and former National) Ramon Ortiz.

Detwiler was called up early Tuesday for a spot start in the Nats rotation due to Saturday's doubleheader and lack of a day off. The southpaw has been up and down with the Nationals since 2007 and most recently comes from Triple-A Syracuse. Detwiler is 2-9 with a 4.74 ERA in his career with Washington. Ortiz takes the mound for Chicago instead of Carlos Zambrano who was put on the DL with back soreness. The 38-year old's name is not lost to Nationals fans. Ortiz pitched for Washington for the 2006 season and on September 4, 2006 he took a no-hitter into the ninth-inning as well hitting the first home run of his career against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Nationals are hoping that same luck is not with him Tuesday as the Nats hope to keep the Cubs the "loveable losers" they are seemingly proud of being. The Nats beat the Cubs on Monday in extra innings in the first game of the series. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman returns to the line-up after a day of rest, outfielder Laynce Nix will play first base for the injured Michael Morse and bat clean up and right fielder Jayson Werth hopes to keep "slaying the dragon" and fight his way out of one of the worst slumps of his career.

To make room for Detwiler on the roster, reliever Collin Balester was DFA'd, but there is no threat of him leaving the organization anytime soon.

First Lady Michelle Obama will be in attendance at Tuesday's game so it is recommended Nationals fans arrive an hour or two early to get through traffic and security in time for the game.

Nationals Line-Up

1. Roger Bernadina, LF

2. Danny Espinosa, 2B

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Laynce Nix, 1B

5. Jayson Werth, RF

6. Rick Ankiel, CF

7. Wilson Ramos, C

8. Ian Desmond, SS

9. Ross Detwiler, SP

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