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August 22, 2013

Nationals power past Cubs 11-6

Nationals 11, Cubs 6:StrokeStyle/$ID/Japanese Dots Jayson Werth and Scott Hairston hit three-run homers to lead the Washington Nationals to an 11-6 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

Werth’s three-run homer in the third inning off Jake Arrieta gave the Nationals a 6-1 lead and was his eighth since the All-Star break.

Hairston, who was traded by the Cubs on July 8, was pinch-hitting for Tanner Roark and hit his off James Russell (1-4) with two outs in the seventh to give the Nationals a 9-6 lead after they had given up a 6-1 lead.

Anthony Rizzo, hitting second for the first time in his career as part of an altered Cubs lineup, hit his first two homers since Aug. 6 and had three RBIs, but couldn’t stop the Cubs from losing their 15th in their past 18 at home.

Ross Ohlendorf was activated off the disabled list before Wednesday’s game by Washington and allowed four runs and six hits and 4 1-3 innings.

Ohlendorf had been on the DL since Aug. 1 with right shoulder inflammation and was making only his third start of the season.

Roark (3-0) allowed two runs in the fifth, but pitched 1 2-3 innings for the win.

At 24, Rizzo became the second-youngest Cubs left-handed hitter to hit 20 home runs. Billy Williams has the mark, set in 1961.

Arrieta had been solid in two starts for the Cubs since coming from Baltimore on July 2 as part of the trade for Scott Feldman, allowing one earned run in 13 innings, but struggled Wednesday.

He went four innings and gave up six runs, including three in both the second and third innings.

Ohlendorf faced a Cubs team that hadn’t been scoring much at home. The Cubs shook up their lineup by moving Rizzo and Starlin Castro to different spots in the order.

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