Bote, Bullpen lead Cubs past Nationals


Chicago Cubs’ David Bote watches his two-run home run off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Will Harris during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 18, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) — David Bote and Ian Happ homered, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Chicago slugger Anthony Rizzo left the game because of tightness in his lower back, but the Cubs got enough big hits to come away with another win after pounding Jon Lester the previous day in his return to Wrigley Field.

Bote broke a 3-all tie with a two-run homer against reliever Will Harris (0-1) in the sixth inning. Happ made it 6-3 with his drive to the basket in left-center against Wander Suero leading off the eighth.

Willson Contereras had two hits, including a two-run single in the third against new dad Patrick Corbin. Kris Bryant singled twice and drove in a run.

Keegan Thompson (2-1) tossed 1 1/3 innings after Zach Davies pitched into the sixth. Thompson also got his first major league hit when he singled in the sixth.

Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his eighth save in 10 chances as the Cubs won for the fourth time in five games.

Davies gave up three runs and seven hits. He exited after former Cubs infielder Starlin Castro homered leading off the sixth and Josh Harrison singled.

Corbin went five innings, allowing three runs and eight hits. The two-time All-Star rejoined the team following the birth of his first child, Weston Alan, last week.

Rizzo grounded out to end a two-run third against Corbin and did some stretches at first base prior to the fourth. Cubs manager David Ross and a trainer went out to check on him.

Rizzo remained in the game. But he couldn’t handle Kyle Schwarber’s grounder leading off the inning, resulting in an error.

He was replaced as a precaution in the fifth, with Bryant moving from right field to first base. Jason Heyward went in to play right and took Rizzo’s spot in the batting order.

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