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    CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman had done little in his career against Cubs ace Jon Lester until Saturday.The veteran slugger turned around that matchup in a big way.Zimmerman hit two home runs off a shaky Lester and tied a career high with six RBIs http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-gattis-jersey , sending the Washington Nationals over Chicago 9-4.“I think he made some mistakes over the middle of the plate,” Zimmerman said. “Usually he’s really good, against righties at least, bringing that cutter in off the plate and working both sides of the plate.”“He just made a couple of mistakes over the middle. Other than that, he threw the ball pretty well. But I thought we did a good job of waiting. When he made those mistakes, we took advantage of it.”Zimmerman hit a two-run homer in the first inning, had a sacrifice fly to the warning track in the third and chased Lester with a three-run drive in the fourth that made it 9-1. He is batting .355 (16 for 45) with four homers and 16 RBIs in 14 games since returning from the disabled list last month.The righty-swinging Zimmerman had just two hits in 16 at-bats against the left-hander until breaking loose. Daniel Murphy also homered and had three hits, helping Tanner Roark (7-12) win his fourth straight start.Lester (12-5) was tagged for eight earned runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. He is winless in his last five starts for the NL Central leaders, going 0-3 with a 10.32 ERA during that span.Both manager Joe Maddon and Lester insist there’s nothing physically ailing the All-Star.“I gave up 10 hits today and nine were on my fastball, so I guess I’m just in this rut right now,” Lester said. “I probably felt like that was some of the better stuff I had in the last couple of starts, and that was the outcome.”After Lester retired the first two batters of the game, Bryce Harper singled and Zimmerman homered to center.Washington broke it open with six runs in the fourth. Murphy had a two-run homer, Trea Turner drove in a run with a single and Zimmerman capped the burst with his ninth home run.“If we can get him going, continuing to get him going the way he’s doing right now Carlos Correa Jersey ,” manager Dave Martinez said of Zimmerman, “that’s going to be a huge addition.”FRIENDLY CONFINESRoark allowed two runs on nine hits in 7 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking one. The right-hander has allowed four earned runs over 29 2/3 innings during the four-start winning streak.The native of Wilmington — about 60 miles south of Wrigley Field — is 4-0 with 2.74 ERA in his last five starts against the Cubs, and has a 1.80 ERA in his last three starts in Chicago.“I have a lot of family that come out and support me, which is great,” he said. “I hear people yelling my name when I walk on or walk off the field.”MR. 1,000Anthony Rizzo got his 1,000th career hit with a third-inning single. All but the first 18, which he got for San Diego, have come in a Cubs uniform.“I’m fortunate to pretty much have been healthy my entire career so far, so obviously it’s a nice milestone,” he said.TRAINER’S ROOMNationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (pinched nerve in neck) threw a 64-pitch bullpen on Saturday and said that he “felt really good.” He’s scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday. If all goes well in that, a rehab start likely will be the next step. “We want to make sure when he does get back, he’s going to pitch every five days,” Martinez said.Cubs: 3B Kris Bryant (left shoulder inflammation) took ground balls and a few swings on Saturday Dallas Keuchel Jersey , but there is no timetable for his return . RHP Yu Darvish (triceps and elbow injuries) likely will throw a live BP session on Sunday.UP NEXTNationals RHP Max Scherzer (15-5, 2.28 ERA) will try to become the majors’ first 16-game winner in the finale of the series on Sunday night. Scherzer also leads the majors in strikeouts with 216 in 161 2/3 innings. LHP Cole Hamels (7-9, 4.38) makes his third start with the Cubs. He has allowed just one earned in 11 innings during the first two starts. OAKLAND, Calif. — The Texas Rangers‘ hottest pitcher, Mike Minor, has the unenviable task of trying to slow down one of baseball’s hottest hitters, the Oakland Athletics‘ Khris Davis, when the two American League West clubs conclude a three-game series Wednesday afternoon.Davis doomed the Rangers for a second consecutive night Tuesday, smacking his 38th home run of the season, a two-run shot, as part of a three-RBI performance in a 6-0 victory.Davis also homered in Monday’s 9-0 romp, and now has nine home runs in 15 games against Texas this season.Article continues below …A’s manager Bob Melvin shrugged his shoulders when informed of Davis’ dominance of the Rangers after Tuesday’s win, insisting he was even more pleased with his clean-up hitter’s two-out, two-strike RBI single than his homer.“Just as impressive are his RBIs,” Melvin said. “He’s getting better. Now he’s driving in runs with two-out singles. That club wasn’t in his bag for a while.”Davis’ three RBIs raised his season total to 102 http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-jeff-bagwell-jersey , giving him three straight years with 100 or more. He established a career-high last year with 110.He has 36 more games in which to get the nine RBIs he needs to surpass his personal best. And he has four more shots at the Rangers, against whom he has hit nine homers with a whopping 24 RBIs in the clubs’ first 15 meetings.Davis will dig in Wednesday against Minor (9-6, 4.61 ERA), against whom he has one career home run and two other hits in eight at-bats.Minor collared Davis with an 0-for-2 in July when he pitched the first five innings of a 13-10 home loss to the A’s. One of the outs was a deep fly to left field.Minor left that game with a 4-2 lead after five innings, only to see the Rangers’ bullpen implode.The 30-year-old has pitched well in his last 11 starts, going 5-2 with a 3.53 ERA.He sees outings like Wednesday’s as a potential springboard to future success.“The first half of the season was pretty bad,” he said of a 4-4 start with a 5.76 ERA. “The last couple of weeks or month I think I’ve pitched better. But I’m actually looking forward to the offseason to get better and come back next year and have a complete, good full season.”Minor is 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA in five games, including two starts, against the A’s in his career.Oakland will sent right-hander Edwin Jackson (4-2, 2.58) to the mound in search of a three-game sweep.The veteran pitched his worst game of the season at Texas in July in his only previous start against the Rangers this year, failing to get out of the fifth inning after giving up five runs and seven hits.One of the hits was a three-run homer by Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos.The A’s rallied to win the game 6-5.Jackson has started eight games against the Rangers in his career, going 2-3 with a 4.56 ERA.

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