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

Published: Friday, April 12, 2013 12:10 a.m. CDT
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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