Zimmerman homers twice, drives in six as Nationals beat Cubs
Ryan Zimmerman bombed Jon Lester for the 25th multi-home run game of his career Saturday afternoon, powering the Washington Nationals to a 9-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs in Chicago.
Zimmerman connected on a two-run shot in the first inning and a three-run homer in the fourth, mixing in a sacrifice fly in the third inning for a career-high-tying six RBIs.
He also totalled six RBIs in a game against Colorado in 2010.
Lester (12-5) was torched for nine runs (eight earned) in just 3 2/3 innings. He allowed 10 hits and one walk, striking out five.
The onslaught started early. After Bryce Harper singled with two outs in the top of the first, Zimmerman connected for his eighth homer of the season and a 2-0 lead.
The teams traded runs in the third before Daniel Murphy followed a leadoff single by Mark Reynolds in the fourth with his fifth home run of the season, a two-run blast that increased the Washington lead to 5-1.
Trea Turner made it a three-run inning with an RBI single with two outs, after which Harper singled and Zimmerman homered again, his ninth, for a 9-1 advantage.
Murphy and Matt Wieters had three hits apiece for the Nationals, who were beaten 3-2 in the series opener on Friday night.
Zimmerman, Harper and Turner had two hits and scored twice apiece, while Murphy had two RBIs for Washington, which won for the eighth time in its last 12 games.
Addison Russell collected three hits for the Cubs, who have allowed nine or more runs in three of their last six games.
The Nationals out-hit the Cubs 13-11.
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