CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs walked Washington star Bryce Harper a record-tying six times, then beat the Nationals 4-3 when Javier Baez homered in the 13th inning Sunday for a four-game sweep.
The Cubs won their seventh in a row and improved the best record in the majors to 24-6. Washington lost its fourth straight.
Manager Joe Maddon and the Cubs simply showed no interest in pitching to Harper. The NL MVP walked 13 times in this series.
Harper matched the major league record for walks in a game, last done by Jeff Bagwell in 1999. Harper was hit by a pitch the other time he came to the plate.
Things almost became almost comical when Harper reached the batter’s box. In the 10th inning and again in the 12th, the Cubs intentionally walked him with runners on first and second and two outs. Both times, Ryan Zimmerman made the last out.
Baez homered with one out off Blake Treinen (2-1). Travis Wood (1-0) got the win.