CHICAGO (AP) — Jeff Samardzija thought he would dominate the way he often does. Instead, he walked away frustrated with another loss.
Samardzija struggled in a rare rough outing and the Chicago Cubs lost 7-2 to Washington, completing a day-night doubleheader sweep on a rainy Saturday night.
Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez pitched two-hit ball over seven innings in the opener for a 3-0 victory. In the night game, Washington tagged Samardzija (2-7) for six runs — five earned — and seven hits over five innings to salvage a four-game series split.
"I felt really good out there today, which usually means you're going to pitch deep into a game," said Samardzija, who has a 2.83 ERA. "When that doesn't happen, usually you get a little frustrated."
He gave up a leadoff homer to Adam LaRoche in the second on a long drive to right, and Wilson Ramos went deep to start the fifth, sparking a four-run rally that made it 6-2.
That sent Blake Treinen (1-3) to his first career win in his fifth major league start. The right-hander allowed two runs and four hits in five innings after being recalled from Triple-A Syracuse as the 26th man on the roster for the doubleheader.
"It means a lot," he said about the win. "I'm definitely excited, that's for sure."
Ross Detwiler pitched three perfect innings for his first career save.
The only runs for the Cubs came on a two-run homer by Luis Valbuena that tied it at 2 in the fourth, right about when the rain started falling.
With two outs in the inning and Nate Schierholtz batting, play was stopped for 55 minutes.
Once the game resumed, it didn't take long for the Nationals to regain the lead.
Ramos connected on the first pitch of the fifth for his second homer, and Washington sent up nine batters in the inning.
With two outs and a man on first, three straight singles by Anthony Rendon, Kevin Frandsen and Jayson Werth resulted in two more runs. First baseman Anthony Rizzo then let LaRoche's hard smash get by him for an error, bringing in Frandsen to make it 6-2.
"Coming out of the rain delay they jumped on me right off the bat, and then they hit some fastballs over the plate and hit them up the middle," Samardzija said. "Made me keep throwing pitches. Like I said, they did a good job. They were ready out of the break."