Everyone knew it off the crack of the bat, as the ball cleared the wall in dead centerfield and handed Madson his fifth loss of the year. The Nats held a 3-0 lead heading in to the final frame, this after Scherzer dominated the Cubs through seven innings. The Nationals' right-hander allowed just three hits and struck out 11 while walking just one.
He was in line for the win, before Bote stepped up and continued his torrid stretch since coming up to the big leagues. He has a .329 average with three home runs in 34 games with the Cubs this season. Chicago started recently-acquired lefty Cole Hamels, who gave up one run over seven innings. He struck out nine and walked one in his third start with the team. Mark Reynolds' sacrifice fly was the lone run the Nats got off of the former Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher.
Former Nats reliever Brandon Kintzler gave up two runs in the ninth inning against this former team, digging the hole a little deeper Trea Turner's triple sparked the late run support, which was still not enough at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs now hold a three-game lead on the Milwaukee Brewers, whom they will play host to beginning on Tuesday. The Nationals fall to six games back in the NL East, as they move on to visit the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.