Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Scott Hairston made the Chicago Cubs rue the
day they traded him to the Washington Nationals.
Hairston, who the Nats acquired from the Cubs back in July, came on as a
pinch-hitter in the seventh and stroked a tie-breaking, three-run homer to
vault Washington to an 11-6 victory over Chicago on Wednesday in the third
tilt of a four-game set at Wrigley Field.
Hairston's first homer as a National made a winner out of Tanner Roark (3-0),
who was charged with a pair of runs over 1 2/3 innings of relief work. Starter
Ross Ohlendorf was lifted after giving up four runs on six hits in just 4 1/3
Jayson Werth stroked a three-run homer and Kurt Suzuki added two hits, two
RBI and a run scored to help the Nats notch their second straight victory.
Anthony Rizzo clubbed a pair of homers among his three hits and finished with
three RBI and Donnie Murphy registered an RBI and a run scored in the setback,
Chicago's seventh in its last 10 games.
James Russell (1-4) was tagged with the loss after giving up Hairston's go-
ahead blast in the seventh.
With the score locked at 6-6, Russell took the mound to start the seventh and
retired the first two hitters he faced before Bryce Harper kept the frame
alive with a double to the warning track in right-center field.
Russell then intentionally walked Werth before Hairston turned on a 1-2
changeup and crushed it into the bleachers in left to make it 9-6.
Washington tacked on two more runs in the eighth, as Suzuki smacked a one-out
single and moved to second on a wild pitch with two outs.
Denard Span followed with a triple into the right-field corner to score Suzuki
before crossing the plate on Ryan Zimmerman's single to right to make it 11-6.
Early on, Rizzo got the home team on the board with a line-drive shot into the
seats in right-center to make it 1-0, but the Nationals responded with three
runs in each of the next two innings to seize control.
A pair of one-out walks around an Adam LaRoche single loaded the bases in the
second for Suzuki, who scorched a single to right to plate Ian Desmond and
LaRoche for a 2-1 lead.
Ohlendorf then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, allowing Steve Lombardozzi
to race home from third to make it 3-1.
After Zimmerman singled and Harper walked to start the third, Werth jumped on
a 3-0 fastball and belted it deep into the seats in left-center to give the
Nationals a 6-1 cushion.
The Cubs countered with a five-run fifth to even the score, as Rizzo launched
his second homer of the night, a two-run shot to right, to bring the home team
Junior Lake followed with a single to end Ohlendorf's outing, as Roark entered
and served up a single to Nate Schierholtz that put runners on the corners.
Murphy followed with a single to center to score Lake before Brian Bogusevic
ripped a single to left to load the bases for pinch-hitter Cole Gillespie, who
stroked a base hit of his own to left to score Schierholtz.
Welington Castillo then lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score Murphy and
tie the game at 6-6.
Hairston was acquired from the Cubs on July 8 in exchange for minor-league
pitcher Ivan Pineyro and a player to be named later ... Ohlendorf, who was
activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game, recorded his first
RBI since Sept. 27, 2011 for Pittsburgh ... Chicago starter Jake Arrieta gave
up six runs on five hits and four walks over four frames ... Chicago finished
4-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.
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