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MLB roundup: Nats sweep Sox, Cubs blow big lead in loss to Giants

White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod throws in the first inning against the Nationals on Thursday in Washington. The Nationals wrapped up a three-game sweep with a 7-4 victory.
White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod throws in the first inning against the Nationals on Thursday in Washington. The Nationals wrapped up a three-game sweep with a 7-4 victory.

Ryan Zimmerman’s two-run double after Bryce Harper was intentionally walked sealed the Nationals’ three-game sweep with a 7-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday in Washington.

Dan Haren (1-1) got the win despite allowing 10 hits in five innings.

With the score tied at 3 in the fourth, Haren helped himself by doubling off Dylan Axelrod (0-1) and scoring on a wild pitch with two outs. Chicago put Harper on base, but cleanup hitter Zimmerman lined a double to right on Axelrod’s 103rd pitch of the evening.

That put Washington ahead 6-3, and relievers Ryan Mattheus, Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano made it hold up.

Chicago pulled even at 3 in the fourth. With a man on, Axelrod popped up a bunt that first baseman Adam LaRoche couldn’t reach. Alejandro De Aza and Jeff Keppinger hit RBI singles – ending Chicago’s 0-for-10 stretch with runners in scoring position.

Giants 7, Cubs 6: San Francisco rallied back from a 5-0 deficit at Wrigley Field.

Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run double in a four-run fourth inning. Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong (1-1) walked with the bases loaded to tie it in the fifth and Brandon Crawford hit a two-run single.

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro’s fielding error with two outs in the fourth allowed the first run to score. Scott Feldman (0-2) then gave up an RBI single to Angel Pagan and hit Crawford with a pitch.

Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the third to give Chicago a 5-0 lead. Brent Lillibridge broke an 0-for-17 start with a two-run single in the second.

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