Dodgers rally for 2-0 lead over D’backs:
By Sam Bush
Bryce Harper rose to the occasion like he has so many times in the past.
In the eighth inning of last night’s game 2, Harper launched a mammoth game-tying and series-changing two-run homer off Carl Edwards Jr., which sent the 43,860 fans at Nationals Park into a frenzy.
Ryan Zimmerman followed with a go-ahead three-run homer to punctuate a five-run eighth inning that led the Nationals to a 6-3 victory over the Cubs. Washington’s improbable comeback tied the NLDS presented by T-Mobile at a game apiece, with the series heading to Wrigley Field in Chicago on Monday.
“I couldn’t tell you anything about that run around the bases,” Zimmerman told MLB.com. “I think, obviously, this franchise over the past five years, has changed a lot. We used to lose 90 games every year, and now we’re expected to win 90 games, and if we’re not successful in the postseason, it’s a failed season.
“I think we all enjoy that pressure; we want it. … Tonight was a special game.”
Cubs starting pitchers had dominated for two games. Jon Lester followed Kyle Hendricks’ Game 1 gem by giving up just two hits in six innings. That performance, combined with home runs from Willson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo, gave Chicago a 3-1 advantage that put them in position to take command of this series.
Washington collected just four hits in two games against Cubs starters, one of which was a solo homer from Anthony Rendon in the first inning Saturday. Gio Gonzalez was solid for five innings of three-hit ball, but the Nationals found themselves staring at the brink of elimination until Harper and Zimmerman rescued them in the eighth.
“Bryce woke us up and Zim finished them off,” Nats outfielder Jayson Werth said.
The best-of-five series now shifts to Wrigley, where Games 3 and 4 will be played tomorrow and Tuesday.