Hoerner and Cubs beat Meneses and Nacionales

CHICAGO (AP) — Nico Hoerner hit a home run that ignited a four-run attack in the seventh inning as the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 Wednesday night and their rookie Joey Meneses, who has been on fire with the wood

Hoerner’s seventh homer ended a shutout attempt by Nationals starter Josiah Gray and allowed the Cubs to earn just their second win in 51 trailing games entering the seventh.

The Cubs have won four of six games and will face Cincinnati in the Field of Dreams Game in Iowa on Thursday.

Meneses homered in his third straight game for the Nationals, who have lost seven of eight.

The 30-year-old Mexican, who made his major league debut on Aug. 8, became the first player in Nationals franchise history to hit four home runs in his first seven games. Danny Espinosa and Geoff Blum each hit three home runs in their first seven games in the majors.

In the sixth inning, Meneses hit a solo home run. The first baseman and outfielder added a single and is hitting .348.

The win went to Michel Rucker (1-1) and the loss to Steve Cishek (1-3).

For the Nationals, the Venezuelans César Hernández 4-2 with an RBI, Ildemaro Vargas 4-1, Keibert Ruiz 1-0. The Mexican Meneses 3-2 with one scored and one produced. Cuban Yadiel Hernández 3-0. The Dominicans Nelson Cruz 1-1, Maikel Franco 4-1, Víctor Robles 4-0.

For the Cubs, the Venezuelan Rafael Ortega 3-0 with an RBI. Dominican Franmil Reyes 4-1.

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