WASHINGTON, D.C – When you lose 2-of-3 to the Marlins it can kinda dampen any hopes of a successful road trip.
Luckily the Cubs were able to redeem themselves before returning to Wrigley Field-and did so against one of the National League’s best teams.
The Cubs rallied from an early deficit to beat the Nationals’ 6-3 Sunday afternoon in Washington D.C. The victory at Nationals Park helped Joe Maddon’s team win 3-of-4 and helps them finish the week-long road trip with a 4-3 record.
Chris Coghlan and Starlin Castro provided a bulk of the offense as each drove in a pair of runs in the victory. Kyle Hendricks continued his strong pitching of late as he allowed just two runs while scattering 3 hits and striking out four over six innings to pick up his second win of the year.
Coughlan gave the Cubs the lead for good with a bases-loaded single in the fifth inning that put the Cubs up 4-2 and they never gave up the lead again.
Taking 3-of-4 from the Nationals could prove to be a confidence builder for a Cubs team that is on the cusp of being a major contender in the National League. With the victory the Cubs pick up their 30th win of the season and would be percentage points ahead of Washington in a Wild Card situation (The Nationals have 27 losses, the Cubs 25).
A quick two-game Interleague road trip awaits the Cubs on Tuesday and Wednesday in Detroit before they start a six-game homestand against the Reds and Indians starting Thursday.