Hoerner, Cubs top power-hitting rookie Meneses, Nationals

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Chicago Cubs manager David Ross, right, greets Nico Hoerner after Horner's homer off Washington Nationals starting pitcher Josiah Gray during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Chicago.

    Chicago Cubs manager David Ross, right, greets Nico Hoerner after Horner's homer off Washington Nationals starting pitcher Josiah Gray during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Chicago. Associated Press

  • Washington Nationals' Joey Meneses celebrates his homer off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Justin Steele as catcher Yan Gomes and home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski watch during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Chicago.

    Washington Nationals' Joey Meneses celebrates his homer off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Justin Steele as catcher Yan Gomes and home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski watch during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Chicago. Associated Press

  • The Chicago Cubs from left, Nico Hoerner, Seiya Suzuki, Nick Madrigal and Rafael Ortega celebrate the team's 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals after a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Chicago.

    The Chicago Cubs from left, Nico Hoerner, Seiya Suzuki, Nick Madrigal and Rafael Ortega celebrate the team's 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals after a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Chicago. Associated Press

  • Chicago Cubs' Nico Hoerner rounds the bases after his homer off Washington Nationals starting pitcher Josiah Gray during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Chicago.

    Chicago Cubs' Nico Hoerner rounds the bases after his homer off Washington Nationals starting pitcher Josiah Gray during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Chicago. Associated Press

  • Chicago Cubs' Patrick Wisdom scores on Nick Madrigal's single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Chicago.

    Chicago Cubs' Patrick Wisdom scores on Nick Madrigal's single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Chicago. Associated Press

  • Washington Nationals' Joey Meneses watches his single off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Justin Steele during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Chicago.

    Washington Nationals' Joey Meneses watches his single off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Justin Steele during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Chicago. Associated Press

  • Chicago Cubs' Rafael Ortega watches his sacrifice fly scoring P.J. Higgins during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Chicago.

    Chicago Cubs' Rafael Ortega watches his sacrifice fly scoring P.J. Higgins during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Chicago. Associated Press

  • Chicago Cubs' Ian Happ watches his RBI single off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Chicago. Nick Madrigal scored on the play.

    Chicago Cubs' Ian Happ watches his RBI single off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Chicago. Nick Madrigal scored on the play. Associated Press

 
Updated 8/10/2022 5:23 PM

Nico Hoerner homered to ignite a 4-run rally in the seventh inning that sent the Cubs over power-hitting rookie Joey Meneses and the Washington Nationals 4-2 Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

Hoerner's seventh home run ended a shutout bid by Nationals starter Josiah Gray and enabled the Cubs to earn just their second win in 51 games in which they trailed entering the seventh.

 

The Cubs have won four of six and next play Thursday in the "Field of Dreams" game in Iowa against Cincinnati.

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

The 30-year-old Meneses, who made his major league debut on Aug. 2, became the first player in Nationals franchise history to homer four times in his first seven games. Danny Espinosa and Geoff Blum each hit three homers in their first seven career MLB games.

Meneses hit a solo home run in the sixth. The first baseman/outfielder also singled and is hitting .348 in the majors.

Gray had a 2-0 lead and had permitted 5 hits before Hoerner homered. Gray was pulled after Yan Gomes singled.

The Cubs' Nick Madrigal hit a single off reliever Steve Cishek (1-3), and a throwing error by center fielder Victor Robles enabled two runners to move into scoring position.

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Rafael Ortega followed with a sacrifice fly off Cishek, and Ian Happ capped the comeback with an RBI single off Carl Edwards Jr.

Michael Rucker (1-1) pitched a scoreless seventh for the Cubs to earn his first major league win. Rowan Wick struck out Maikel Franco with the tying run at first to end the eighth and earned his sixth save in eight opportunities.

A diving catch by Robles in the fifth helped keep the Nationals ahead.

The Nationals took a 1-0 lead with two out in the third when Ortega made an unsuccessful diving attempt of a line drive by Cesar Hernandez that skipped past him in center for a double to score Tres Barrera from first.

Cubs left-hander Justin Steele was victimized by the lack of support despite striking out nine and walking none in six innings. He has allowed 2 earned runs while striking out 25 and walking two in his last three starts.

Steele struck out Barrera with the bases loaded to end the fourth.

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