Cubs rally past Scherzer, Nationals 2-1, lead NLDS 2-1

Max Scherzer loses no-hit bid against Cubs in seventh inning of NLDS Game 3

Max Scherzer loses no-hit bid against Cubs in seventh inning of NLDS Game 3

Tanner Roark is still slated to pitch Game 4, which is Tuesday night in Chicago. But Quintana showed once again Monday the Cubs can count on him.

"Being around this team for long enough, this is where we expect to be", ace Clayton Kershaw said. Almora and Schwarber were both visibly pumped up after Almora hit his game-tying single, Carl Edwards was sacked up leaving the mound after he struck out Bryce Harper to end the top of the eighth inning, and after driving in the go ahead run in the bottom of the eighth Rizzo was chest pounding and keeping the fire under the team going. Rizzo, upset by the decision to pitch to him in that situation, added insult to injury by screaming "Respect me!"

"That's the mentality I take always with the base open", Rizzo said. I've just been an under-the-radar kind of guy.

Cody Bellinger homered, drove in two runs and flipped over a dugout railing to steal an out for a dominant Yu Darvish, helping the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 Monday night to finish a three-game sweep in their NL Division Series. The two-out shot barely cleared the right-field fence over Yasiel Puig's glove to cut the lead to 2-1.

First pitch for Game 3 of the National League Division Series matchup is at 4:08 p.m. Monday at Wrigley Field in Chicago. After Willson Contreras struck out to lead things off, Ben Zobrist delivered a double into the left-center field gap to break up the no-no.

Of course, if the game is rained out, the extra day of rest could also benefit the Cubs pitching staff.

Brandon Kintzler got Kris Bryant to chase a fastball down and away for the second out in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Perhaps Dusty the manager wasn't as important as Dusty the symbol, which we didn't know then.

After Scherzer tweaked his right hamstring in his final regular season start, the Nationals opted to pitch him in Game 3 to give the injury time to heal. The Cubs will send #Jose Quintana to the mound to face reigning #Cy Young victor Max Scherzer.

But in the blink of an eye - or the time it took Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman to launch homers - the series is tied as the Nationals scored five times in the eighth inning for a pulsating 6-3 victory before a sellout crowd of 43,860. The Nationals are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago. He's only faced the Cubs once this season but has posted a 2.84 ERA while giving up two earned runs in 6.1 innings of work. He compiled seven strikeouts - two on fastballs, two on change-ups, two on sliders and one on a cutter - against a lineup saturated with five left-handed hitters.

The win in Washington puts the Nationals behind the eight ball. After Michael A. Taylor singled and advanced to second on a throwing error, Washington extended the inning when second baseman Zobrist booted a Harper ground ball. Jon Jay bunted Martin to second.

Chicago committed four errors, including two by left fielder Kyle Schwarber on one ugly play, and Jason Heyward also made an uncharacteristic baserunning mistake. We made a couple base running gaffs.

NOTES: Nationals SS Trea Turner continued to struggle in the leadoff spot.

If the Nationals are able to get this series to a potential Game 5 on Thursday, Scherzer's health and durability will be a major factor. "They have everything it took to make it happen", said Cubs fan Mark Anderson. Arrieta hasn't pitched since September 26, and he missed 2 1/2 weeks after straining the hamstring during a start on September 4.

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