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Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija delivers the ball against the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field on April 8, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cubs Hold On After 9th Inning Scare, Beat Nats 4-3

Jeff Samardzija felt he had something to prove. He certainly made his point on the mound. Samardzija dominated into the ninth, outpitching Jordan Zimmermann, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 Sunday for their first win of the Theo Epstein era.

04/08/2012

Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto talks with pitcher Carlos Marmol after Marmol blew a 4-3 lead against the Washington Nationals in the 8th inning at Wrigley Field on April 7, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bullpen Blows Lead Again, Cubs Fall To Nats 7-4

Carlos Marmol insists it’s too soon for him to be frustrated. Cubs fans sure are, though. Adam LaRoche homered and matched a career-high with four hits, and the Washington Nationals again rallied late against Kerry Wood and Marmol, scoring five runs in the eighth to beat the Chicago Cubs 7-4 on Saturday.

04/07/2012