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Baez bunt single in 10tha leads Cubs past Nationals 4-2
Friday Sep 14, 2018 12:00am

Baez bunt single in 10tha leads Cubs past Nationals 4-2
(WASHINGTON) – The Chicago Cubs got nearly everything they wanted out of their day trip to Washington to face the Nationals, and Javier Baez was in the middle of nearly all of it. Baez delivered the go-ahead run with a bunt single in the 10th inning as Chicago beat Washington 4-3 in a makeup of a game postponed earlier in the week. Baez, an MVP candidate, also homered and drove in three runs. He has 31 homers and leads the NL with 103 RBI. Chicago stretched its lead in the NL Central to 1 1/2 games over idle Milwaukee. Washington fell 8 1/2 games behind Atlanta in the NL East. Pedro Strop got the win, pitching 1 2/3 scorelss innings. He was set to pitch the 10th after the Cubs took the lead and was allowed to bat with the bases loaded and one out. In his second at-bat of the season, he hit a sharp double-play grounder to third and pulled up while running to first. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Strop would undergo an MRI and was unlikely to be available Friday. Kris Bryant doubled with one out in the 10th against Sean Doolittle (3-3) and moved to third on ex-National Daniel Murphy's infield single. Baez bunted just to the right of first baseman Ryan Zimmermann to score Bryant, who did not anticipate Baez's choice. Mike Montgomery started for Chicago, allowing two runs on three hits in four innings for the Cubs, who used eight relievers.

OTHER N.L. SCORES
Colorado 10 – Arizona 3
NY Mets 4 – Miami 3 (game one)
NY Mets 5 – Miami 2 (game two)
LA Dodgers 9 – St. Louis 7

THURSDAY A.L. SCORES
Boston 4 – Toronto 3
Baltimore 5 – Oakland 3
Kansas City 6 – Minnesota 4
Seattle 8 – LA Angels 2

Javier Baez bunts against Washington in Thursday night play (photo courtesy Chicago Tribune)
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