CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman had done little

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CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman had done little in his career against Cubs ace Jon Lester until Saturday.The veteran slugger turned around that matchup in a big way.Zimmerman hit two home runs off a shaky Lester and tied a career high with six RBIs Tommy Hunter Jersey , sending the Washington Nationals over Chicago 9-4.“I think he made some mistakes over the middle of the plate,” Zimmerman said. “Usually he’s really good, against righties at least, bringing that cutter in off the plate and working both sides of the plate.”“He just made a couple of mistakes over the middle. Other than that, he threw the ball pretty well. But I thought we did a good job of waiting. When he made those mistakes, we took advantage of it.”Zimmerman hit a two-run homer in the first inning, had a sacrifice fly to the warning track in the third and chased Lester with a three-run drive in the fourth that made it 9-1. He is batting .355 (16 for 45) with four homers and 16 RBIs in 14 games since returning from the disabled list last month.The righty-swinging Zimmerman had just two hits in 16 at-bats against the left-hander until breaking loose. Daniel Murphy also homered and had three hits, helping Tanner Roark (7-12) win his fourth straight start.Lester (12-5) was tagged for eight earned runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. He is winless in his last five starts for the NL Central leaders, going 0-3 with a 10.32 ERA during that span.Both manager Joe Maddon and Lester insist there’s nothing physically ailing the All-Star.“I gave up 10 hits today and nine were on my fastball, so I guess I’m just in this rut right now,” Lester said. “I probably felt like that was some of the better stuff I had in the last couple of starts, and that was the outcome.”After Lester retired the first two batters of the game Will Middlebrooks Jersey , Bryce Harper singled and Zimmerman homered to center.Washington broke it open with six runs in the fourth. Murphy had a two-run homer, Trea Turner drove in a run with a single and Zimmerman capped the burst with his ninth home run.“If we can get him going, continuing to get him going the way he’s doing right now,” manager Dave Martinez said of Zimmerman, “that’s going to be a huge addition.”FRIENDLY CONFINESRoark allowed two runs on nine hits in 7 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking one. The right-hander has allowed four earned runs over 29 2/3 innings during the four-start winning streak.The native of Wilmington — about 60 miles south of Wrigley Field — is 4-0 with 2.74 ERA in his last five starts against the Cubs, and has a 1.80 ERA in his last three starts in Chicago.“I have a lot of family that come out and support me, which is great,” he said. “I hear people yelling my name when I walk on or walk off the field.”MR. 1,000Anthony Rizzo got his 1,000th career hit with a third-inning single. All but the first 18, which he got for San Diego Francisco Rodriguez Jersey , have come in a Cubs uniform.“I’m fortunate to pretty much have been healthy my entire career so far, so obviously it’s a nice milestone,” he said.TRAINER’S ROOMNationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (pinched nerve in neck) threw a 64-pitch bullpen on Saturday and said that he “felt really good.” He’s scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday. If all goes well in that, a rehab start likely will be the next step. “We want to make sure when he does get back, he’s going to pitch every five days,” Martinez said.Cubs: 3B Kris Bryant (left shoulder inflammation) took ground balls and a few swings on Saturday, but there is no timetable for his return . RHP Yu Darvish (triceps and elbow injuries) likely will throw a live BP session on Sunday.UP NEXTNationals RHP Max Scherzer (15-5, 2.28 ERA) will try to become the majors’ first 16-game winner in the finale of the series on Sunday night. Scherzer also leads the majors in strikeouts with 216 in 161 2/3 innings. LHP Cole Hamels (7-9, 4.38) makes his third start with the Cubs. He has allowed just one earned in 11 innings during the first two starts. BOSTON (AP) — Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox clubhouse. But the Boston second baseman won’t be playing in any games for the rest of the season.Manager Alex Cora said Friday that Pedroia has been officially shut down for the remainder of 2018. Cora revealed the 35-year-old veteran had an additional arthroscopic surgery on his left knee while rehabbing in Arizona in July to cleanup some scar tissue. Pedroia had two initial procedures on the knee last October.The four-time All-Star returned to action in May for three games, but went just 1 for 11 with two walks. Still, Cora left open the possibly for the Boston fan favorite to make it back before season’s end. That changed after a conversation with Pedroia recently.“It’s tough not being able to help out the guys,” Pedroia said. “But it’s been great watching them and how great the year’s been. We’ve done a lot of great things. It’s that time of year where you’re pushing to win the World Series.“It’ll be great to here and watch the guys try to accomplish that Jake Arrieta Jersey ,” he said.The Red Sox have the best record in the majors and a big lead over the Yankees in the AL East.Cora said Pedroia has continued to make progress since the July procedure. He said the decision to sit him down had more to do with there not being enough time or rehab opportunities to get him ready to play.“We just ran out of time,” Cora said. “We went through the process the right way, it just didn’t happen.”Pedroia said his rehab program remains on schedule for him to be ready to go when spring training opens in 2019.“I’ll be ready — 100 percent.”In the meantime, he plans to keep working out in Boston to help his teammates out in whatever capacity he can. He has been texting with them after big wins and to give pep talks to a players struggling at the plate.“I watched every pitch. I didn’t miss anything,” Pedroia said.He said there are no regrets about trying to come back in May and he remains in agreement with the collective decision he made in consultation with his doctors and the team.“I knew all along it would be tough. It’s a surgery that requires time. And once you give it time you’ll be fine,” Pedroia said. “It’s been 10 months since the first big surgery. So a lot of rehab and hard work and time put in. That’s what I’m most upset about is you work that hard and you don’t get a chance to do it.“But looking at the big picture it’s the right thing to do.”Pedroia said the ordeal hasn’t been without mental ebbs and flows, however.He said it wasn’t until about “probably six weeks ago” that he felt like he would be in position to return as the type of player he was before the injury.“You play the hand you’re dealt and move on,” Pedroia said.

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