WASHINGTON — Patrick Wisdom kicked off the 11th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 7-5 on Tuesday night.
Wisdom started the inning with a brace down the left field line against Victor Arano (1-1), scoring auto-runner Willson Contreras. Wisdom then moved up to third on a wild pitch and scored on Seiya Suzuki’s single.
Brandon Hughes (2-1) pitched the 10th for Chicago and Mark Leiter Jr. worked the 11th for his first save.
Contreras gave the Cubs a 5-4 lead with a sacrificed fly in the 10th, but Nationals prospect CJ Abrams, called up Monday from Triple-A Rochester, picked Alex Call in the bottom half for his first hit with Washington . Abrams was acquired in the trade which sent Juan Soto and Josh Bell to San Diego.
Luke Voit and Lane Thomas beat Chicago’s Rowan Wick in the eighth inning to tie it at 4.
Franmil Reyes homered and singled for the Cubs.
Cubs starter Justin Steele allowed an unearned run on five hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out five.
Patrick Corbin allowed four runs on six hits in six innings for Washington. He was skipped last time in the rotation after throwing a 25.41 ERA on three starts, two of which saw him chased in the first inning.
César Hernández had two doubles and a single, and rookie outfielder Joey Meneses extended his hitting streak to 10 games for the Nationals.
Ildemaro Vargas’ RBI single in the seventh pulled Washington up 4-2.
The Cubs got two goals in the fourth on hits from Nico Hoerner and PJ Higgins to make it 3-0. Reyes homer made it 4-0 in the sixth.
Cubs: OF Ian Happ had a night off scheduled.
Nationals: C Keibert Ruiz, who was hit in the mask by two fouls and then fouled his right knee in Monday’s game, was not in the starting lineup but entered as a pinch hitter at the seventh.
Cubs: LHP Drew Smyly (5-6, 3.63 ERA) is 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA in five career appearances (four starts) at Nationals Park.
Nationals: RHP Corey Abbott (0-2, 5.94) makes his first start against his former team on Wednesday. He pitched seven games for the Cubs in 2021, including one start.
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