Nationals Beat Cubs, Tie NLDS at 1-1

The Washington Nationals staged an epic comeback to beat the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday night. 

The Cubs held a 3-1 lead heading into the eighth inning, but things quickly unraveled. Bryce Harper hit a two-run home run to tie the game at 3-3, and then Ryan Zimmerman hit a three-run shot off of Mike Montgomery to give Washington a 6-3 lead. 

Jon Lester gave up one run in six innings, but got a no decision as the series heads back to Wrigley Field tied at a game apiece. 

After the Cubs were retired in order in the top of the first inning, Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon poked a solo home run over the right field fence to give the Nationals an early 1-0 lead. 

Undeterred, the Cubs got the run right back in the top of the second inning. Willson Contreras lofted a high fly ball to left field, and the wind helped push it over the fence, tying the game at 1-1. 

That score remained until the fourth inning, when the Cubs seized the lead. After Kris Bryant socked a double off the left field wall, Anthony Rizzo parked a two-run home run in the right field bleachers, giving the Cubs a 3-1 lead. 

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Nationals finally got to Lester, loading the bases with two outs and Trea Turner at the plate. On a 2-2 pitch, Lester got the young shortstop to strike out swinging, keeping the Cubs in front. 

Lester ended up surrendering just one run and two hits in six innings of work for the Cubs. 

Unfortunately for Lester, he would not get his 10th postseason win. With a runner on first in the eighth inning, Bryce Harper unloaded on a hanging curve ball from Carl Edwards Jr. to tie the game at 3-3. 

Mike Montgomery then came into the game, and he promptly gave up a three-run home run to Zimmerman, and Sean Doolittle finished the game off to leave the series tied at a game apiece. 

Game 3 will be played at Wrigley Field on Monday afternoon, with Jose Quintana facing Max Scherzer. 

Published at 4:09 PM CDT on Oct 7, 2017 | Updated 3 hours ago

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