The Cubs have 39 games left without popular outfielder David DeJesus, who was traded to the same Washington team they will try to beat Monday night.
“I think he was really close to a lot of guys,” second baseman Darwin Barney said. “He was a big part of a lot of guys’ routines. He was someone who, as a younger player, you lean on. He’s been around the block. He’s been in the game a long time.
“He’s had success. He’s been through this, so it’s hard to lose a guy like that. It’s part of the process, and you have to continue to move forward.’’
The Cubs showed no letdown against Jordan Zimmermann, thanks to home runs by Nate Schierholtz, Donnie Murphy and Dioner Navarro that have given them an 11-1 victory.
Schierholtz has a career-high six RBIs. Schierholtz hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first, an RBI double in the third and a two-run homer in the seventh to cap his fourth multi-home run game.
Junior Lake, who likely will bat leadoff exclusively with the trade of DeJesus, led off the bottom of the first with a double off the glove of third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.
Darwin Barney hit a single with one out in the third and scored all the way from first when Schierholtz hit a soft double that landed barely inside the right field line.
Donnie Murphy hit an opposite field solo shot down the right field line in the fourth, and Dioner Navarro ripped a three-run shot to right center, his 11th, in the fifth.
Murphy led off the eighth with a solo homer to center field off reliever Ian Krol.
Jeff Samardzija lost his shutout bid when Wilson Ramos hit a solo home run with two out in the seventh.
DeJesus appeared as a pinch hitter in the eighth but popped to short.