Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer in the third inning and a game-ending, three-run drive with two outs in the ninth, leading Washington over Philadelphia.
Seemingly gaining strength everywhere from newfound confidence, Hernandez continued to solidify his leadoff role Saturday by showing some varied prowess at the plate.
WHITE SOX 3, TWINS 1: Avisail Garcia had a career-high four hits, including an opposite-field, two-run homer in the 10th inning that led Chicago in Minneapolis.
NOTES: Phillies manager Pete Mackanin was drafted in the fourth round by the American League Washington Senators (now Texas Rangers) in 1969.
"We're playing hard", Mackanin said. "I'm a touch off right now".
Although it wasn't pretty, the Washington Nationals found a way to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies and earn their third series win of the year.
Strasburg will be looking for a stronger defense behind him after Washington made seven errors in a three-game series against the Cardinals and have nine this year.
Manager Dusty Baker, who had Koda Glover ready in the bullpen before Nava's at-bat but stuck with Gonzalez anyway, pulled the lefty after that. "It's been nearly everybody".
Matthew Boyd (2-1) allowed one run in six innings, and Alex Avila hit a two-run homer.
"He was really good", Mackanin. "We don't make any big deal out of it". What was a 3-1 lead with six outs to go turned into a 4-3 deficit in the blink of an eye (or a laborious forty minutes) and only the heroics of Harper, who crushed a full-count tater to walk-off in the ninth, salvaged a win.
The Pirates went 4-14 against the Cubs last season, including 1-8 in Chicago.
Starting pitching report Jerad Eickhoff gave up eight hits and three runs over six innings. He also singled and doubled. "I know he has confidence", Baker said. However, there is reason to believe they could beat San Diego on Friday night.
Nationals: Following an off day Thursday, Washington opens a three-game series against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies on Friday.
The Phillies broke out of a four-game losing skid after Cesar Hernandez's two-run homer propelled them to a victory Saturday afternoon. Obduel Herrera hit a run-scoring double and Maikel Franco had an RBI grounder.
Although Mackanin added, "I could have sent him back out for one more (inning)", he admitted, "I'm trying to be careful with him".
The Cubs have blown a save opportunity in three consecutive games for the first time since May 2000 against the Brewers. Harper and Murphy both hit from the left side. Scott recoiled after the ball struck the bottom of his mask and staggered backward before going down on one knee in the eighth inning.
Baker will be rooting for the NBA's Washington Wizards and NHL's Washington Capitals in the playoffs. The Nationals are 37-15 in their last 52 vs.
Toronto starter J.A. Happ (0-3) left the game with what the club said was a sore left elbow in the fifth inning after throwing ball one to Orioles center fielder Adam Jones. "Right now the city is kind of negative as far as playoff situations that I've heard".
"Other times, I pitched ineffectively".
Los Angeles starter Rich Hill (1-1) was activated from the disabled list before this start after missing time with a blister on his left middle finger, but he re-aggravated the blister and made it only three innings and 54 pitches before leaving. The left-hander will carry a shiny 1.33 ERA into his next start on the road against the Mets. Eickhoff was 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts against the Nationals last season. For his career he is 1/3 with a 4.93 ERA in seven starts against the Nationals, having allowed 31 hits and 16 walks with 29 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings.
Nola, 23, was 6-9 with a 4.78 ERA in 20 starts a year ago after he made his big league debut in 2015.