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46-31, 1st in NL East
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6hEddie Matz

Nationals steal team-record 7 bases off Cubs

The Nationals stole seven bases Tuesday night off beleaguered Cubs catcher Miguel Montero, tying a franchise record most recently accomplished by the Montreal Expos in 1986.

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Nats, Scherzer beat Cubs, Arrieta in Cy Young showdown

Max Scherzer allowed one run and two hits as the Washington Nationals knocked Chicago Cubs starter Jake Arrieta out in the fifth inning on the way to a 6-1 victory Tuesday night in a showdown of the past two NL Cy Young Award winners.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals stole a team-record seven bases (including four by Trea Turner), and ace Max Scherzer tossed six innings of two-hit ball as Washington beat the Cubs 6-1 to even up their four-game series at 1-1.

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Nationals swipe 7 bases against Cubs (0:47)
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Scherzer brings in run with infield single (0:24)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

It's running bases here in DC, where the Nats have set a team record by stealing seven bases. And it's only the fourth inning. In case you're wondering, the modern-day record for steals in a game is 15, set by the 1911 Yankees.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Through Memorial Day, Nats speedster Trea Turner had 11 steals, which was 16 fewer than Billy Hamilton. With a franchise record four steals already tonight, Turner now has 32 to overtake Hamilton for the MLB lead.

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Cy Young winners meet Tuesday night

For just the third time in the past 10 years, Cy Young winners from the last two seasons will face off against each other, per Elias. Jake Arrieta had the stronger Cy Young campaign, but he enters Tuesday with a 4.36 ERA compared to Max Scherzer's 2.09.

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Cubs hold on to beat Nationals (1:47)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cubs didn't pitch around Bryce Harper - even when it mattered most. Harper went walkless in five plate appearances, including in the ninth, when he came up with two on and two outs and the Nats trailing 5-3. Harper (3-for-5) singled off closer Wade Davis to load the bases, but Ryan Zimmerman (0-for-5) fanned to end it.

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Baez makes a pair of web gems (0:43)
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Source: K-Rod agrees to deal with Nationals

According to ESPN's Buster Olney and multiple reports, recently released reliever Francisco Rodriguez has agreed to a minor league deal with the Nationals, whose bullpen has struggled this season.

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Nats signing Rodriguez a last-ditch effort? (1:06)
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Contreras homers in leadoff spot (0:24)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Among NL starters, only Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw have a lower ERA than Gio Gonzalez. The Nats lefty is down to 2.87 after allowing one run in six innings to the Cubs. Gonzalez yielded just two hits, while fanning eight and walking five.

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Nats fan's obituary takes 1 last zing at bullpen

The family of Nationals fan Pat Killebrew threw in a couple of good-natured zingers in his obituary, such as asking that donations be sent to the bullpen in lieu of flowers. Killebrew's son, Jake, said his father would have loved it.

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NL All-Star voting coming down to the wire

With four days of balloting remaining, Cubs 3B Kris Bryant, Marlins OF Marcell Ozuna, Reds SS Zack Cozart and Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman find themselves in tight races at their respective positions. Each league's starters will be announced on the Esurance All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, July 2 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Dusty Baker on the impact of possibly adding reliever Francisco Rodriguez, who's reportedly in talks with the Nats: "Depends if he's the same K-Rod. I'd take Sandy Koufax, but he might not be the same Sandy Koufax."

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Power Rankings: Nats down a spot

A big shakeup atop our rankings has pushed the Nationals out of the top three. Max Scherzer has a shot at breaking a franchise record Pedro Martinez holds in his first of two starts this week.

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2dEddie Matz and Jesse Rogers

Can the Cubs give Bryce Harper the Bryce Harper treatment again?

A season ago, Joe Maddon's team frustrated the Nationals star by issuing free passes for an entire series. But now Washington has an MVP candidate protecting Harper in the lineup. We debate Chicago's strategy as the Cubs and Nats meet again.

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Trea Turner joins HOF company

On Saturday, Turner became the second leadoff hitter in Nationals/Expos history to go 5-for-5 or better with 4 runs in a game. Tim Raines also accomplished the feat against the Pirates in August 1987. (Elias Sports Bureau)

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs4281st
Batting Average.2782nd
On Base Percentage.3433rd
Slugging Percentage.4772nd
Earned Run Average4.1510th
Quality Starts491st
WHIP1.289th
BAA.25011th

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