The Cubs notched win number 83. They have equaled their high water mark over .500, and it was the 44th time that the Cubs have come from behind. The Professor was very good early on and then some struggles in the middle. Still it was enough as the Cubs offense tacked on enough late to extend their division lead to 4.5 games.
Stephen Strasburg was strong very good as well. He retired the first two batters. Anthony Rizzo walked with two outs, and Ben Zobrist singled to extend the inning. Kris Bryant struck out to end the inning. Kyle Hendricks and Strasburg faced the minimum for the next inning and a half.
The Cubs struck first in the third inning. The rally began with two outs. Javier Báez singled and then scored from first on Anthony Rizzo's double. Ben Zobrist provided a clutch hit with runners in scoring position to double the Cubs lead.
Hendricks kept the score at 2-0 until the bottom of the fourth inning. Bryce Harper reached on Báez's error with one out. He scored on Anthony Rendon's double. Juan Soto struck out, but Mark Reynold launched a two run shot to put the Nats ahead. Wilmer Difo was another strike out victim to end the inning.
Daniel Murphy and the Cubs offense went back to work in the fifth inning. Murphy singled to left. Báez struck out swinging. Anthony Rizzo hit a groundball single to Anthony Rendon. His error allowed the pair to move up another 90 feet. Zobrist hit a flyball into center to drive in Murphy. The sacrifice fly tied the game at 3. Kris Bryant walked, but Albert Almora Jr. grounded out to end the inning.
Spencer Kieboom put the kiboosh on Hendricks chances on the win with a single to leadoff the fifth inning. Strasburg sacrificed Kieboom to second. Adam Eaton grounded out to second moving Kieboom to third base. Trea Turner bounced a groundball into left to put the Nationals back in the lead. Harper grounded out and that ended Hendricks evening. He struck out six and walked none in his five innings of work. He left trailing but was only charged a single earned run due to the Báez error.
Strasburg pitched deeper into the game by two outs, and the bullpens were able to put zeroes on the board until the top of the eighth inning. Kris Bryant delivered his only hit to start the eighth inning against Justin Miller. Almora singled and Bryant's aggressive base running drew the throw. Both runners were safe in scoring position with no outs. Willson Contreras bounced the ball to the shortstop. Bryant tied the game, but Almora was nabbed at third. Gore took over for Contreras and stole second despite everyone being aware of what was happening. Ian Happ struck out for the second out, but Miller couldn't finish the inning by hitting Tommy La Stella with a pitch. Tim Collins induced an inning ending flyball.
Carl Edwards Jr. wiggled into trouble by walking Bryce Harper to start the bottom of the eighth. Rendon flew out, but Juan Soto doubled to put two runners in the scoring position. Justin Wilson entered the game and struck out Mark Reynolds to keep the game level. Wilmer Difo flew out to end the inning. Greg Holland and Pedro Strop matched clean innings in the ninth.
Jimmy Cordero retired Bryant to start the tenth inning. Almora doubled to start the rally, and he scored on David Bote's double. Ian Happ was intentionally walked to face pinch hitter Taylor Davis. The Stare was able to shoot the ball the other way to drive in Bote for a much needed insurance tally. Cordero struck out Báez to limit the damage.
Jesse Chavez entered for the save opportunity with a 6-4 score in the tenth. Chavez walked Trea Turner to start the inning. Harper struck out to confirm that it was indeed Chavez on the mound. It was a little confusing with the leadoff walk. Rendon singled to put runners on the corners. Chavez struck out Soto for the second out. Mark Reynolds hit an easy fly ball for the final out. Almora squeezed the glove and the Cubs are just a game away from yet another winning streak in 2018.