By The Associated Press
Nate Schierholtz homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs, powering Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs to an 11-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night in Chicago.
Schierholtz connected for a three-run shot in the first and a two-run drive in the seventh in his fourth career multihomer game. He also had an RBI double in the third in Chicago’s highest-scoring game since a 14-6 victory over Houston on June 23.
Donnie Murphy added a pair of solo homers, and Dioner Navarro had a three-run shot for the Cubs, who managed just 12 runs total in their previous eight home games. Junior Lake doubled twice and scored two runs.
It was more than enough for Samardzija (7-11), who pitched a six-hitter for his second complete game of the season. He struck out five and walked none in his first victory in a month.
Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (14-7) allowed a season-high eight runs in five innings in his first loss since July 26 against the New York Mets. The All-Star was 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his previous three starts.
The three home runs matched a season high for Zimmermann, who is tied with St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright for the NL lead with 14 wins.
The Nationals acquired outfielder David DeJesus in a pregame trade with the Cubs, but their fringe playoff hopes took a hit with their third loss in four games. They trail NL East-leading Atlanta by 16 games, but the most important number at this point is their 10½-game deficit compared to Cincinnati in the race for the second NL wild-card slot.
DeJesus gives Washington another veteran left-handed bat for their bench. The 33-year-old DeJesus hit .250 with six homers and 27 RBIs in 84 games with the Cubs.
DeJesus hit for Ryan Zimmerman in the eighth. He popped out to shortstop and remained in the game to play center field.
Cardinals 8, Brewers 5: Matt Carpenter hit an RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning, putting the St. Louis Cardinals ahead during a four-run rally in the win over the Brewers in Milwaukee.
The Cardinals got seven of their 16 hits in the big inning, capped by David Freese’s two-run double. St. Louis won for the ninth time in 11 games.
Aramis Ramirez snapped a 1-for-18 skid since returning from the disabled list Aug. 13 with a two-run homer off Michael Wacha (2-0) in the seventh to give the Brewers a 5-4 lead.
It didn’t last long. The Cardinals erupted in the eighth off reliever Brandon Kintzler (3-1).
Edward Mujica, who was unavailable during the weekend series at the Cubs because of a tired arm, pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 34 chances.