MLB Playoff Roundup: Barnes, Drury earn firsts and Nats come back

Bryce Harper (34) reacts after hitting a 2-RBI home run during the eighth inning in game two of the 2017 NLDS against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park. (Photo: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

CHICAGO CUBS (1-1) 3
WASHINGTON NATIONALS (1-1) 6

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Bryce Harper (two-run) and Ryan Zimmerman (three-run) smacked a home run apiece during a five-run eighth inning, helping the Nationals come back from down 3-1 to take a 6-3 lead. Gio Gonzalez lasted five innings for the Nationals, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out six.

Harper and Zimmerman are the only two players in Nationals’ franchise history to have more than two postseason home runs in their careers, Harper with five and Zimmerman now with three. Gonzalez delivered a first-pitch strike to 12 of the 19 batters he faced.

Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run home run for the Cubs, giving him four RBI over the first two games of the series. Jon Lester pitched six innings for the Cubs, giving up one run on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts. The start was Lester’s 20th of his postseason career.

The win brought the Nationals’ all-time, home playoff record to 3-7.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (0-2) 5
LOS ANGELES DODGERS (2-0) 8

LOS ANGELES, CA– Austin Barnes and Yasiel Puig combined for four RBI on five hits, contributing to the Dodgers’ stretch of seven unanswered runs between the second and fifth innings. Barnes’ two RBI were the first of his postseason career, while Puig’s two improves his series total to four through the first two games. Puig had not driven in an RBI in the playoffs since 2014 prior to the start of the series.

Brandon Drury hit a pinch-hit, three-run home run for the Diamondbacks. The home run and RBI marked the first in either category in Drury’s playoff career.

The Dodgers’ can now move on to the NLCS with a win in game three.

SUNDAY’S SCHEDULE:

HOUSTON ASTROS vs. BOSTON RED SOX (Game 3) 2:38 p.m.

CLEVELAND INDIANS vs. NEW YORK YANKEES (Game 3) 7:38 p.m.

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