8/23 Nationals 5, Cubs 4, 13 innings
Donnie Murphy hit a two-run homer in the ninth but the Cubs came up short in a 5-4, 13-inning loss to the Nationals on Thursday at Wrigley Field. The start of the game was delayed by two hours because of rain. Travis Wood gave up four runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. After walking Bryce Harper in the second, Wood retired 14 of the next 15 batters he faced. On the plus side, Brian Bogusevic had three hits, including a home run. Murphy tied the game with his homer in the ninth. He’s the first Cubs player since 1921 to hit eight home runs in his first 16 games with the team. The Cubs are 3-16 in their last 19 home games, and 6-18 in their last 24 games overall.