CHICAGO — Ryan Zimmerman hit two home runs off a shaky Jon Lester and tied a career high with six RBIs, sending the Washington Nationals over the Chicago Cubs 9-4 on Saturday.
Zimmerman hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a sacrifice fly to the warning track in the third. He chased Lester with a three-run drive in the fourth that made it 9-1. He is batting .355 (16 for 45) with four homers and 16 RBIs in 14 games since returning from the disabled list last month.
Daniel Murphy also homered and had three hits, helping Tanner Roark (7-12) win his fourth straight start.
Lester (12-5) was tagged for eight earned runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. The left-hander is winless in his last five starts for the NL Central leaders, going 0-3 with a 10.32 ERA during that span.
Anthony Rizzo got his 1,000th career hit for the Cubs.
RED SOX 5, ORIOLES 0, GAME 1: David Price struck out 10 over six sparkling innings and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit two solo homers, leading the Red Sox to the win in the opener of a split doubleheader.
Eduardo Nunez also went deep for Boston and Xander Bogaerts had three hits and scored twice. Price (12-6) scattered five hits and walked none.
The Red Sox have won eight of their last nine games to improve their major league-best record to 83-35.
Adam Jones had two hits for the Orioles, who are 2-12 against Boston. Jimmy Yacabonis (0-1) gave up three runs over 4 2/3 innings.
RAYS 3, BLUE JAYS 1: Willy Adames had two hits and drove in the decisive run, helping Tampa Bay to its seventh win in eight meetings with Toronto this season.
Diego Castillo (3-2) pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. Sergio Romo worked a perfect ninth for his 15th save in 22 opportunities.
Aledmys Diaz homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost five of six.
Toronto's Sam Gaviglio (2-5) allowed two runs, one earned, and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. Gaviglio is winless in 14 starts since a May 25 victory at Philadelphia.
TWINS 4, TIGERS 3: Tyler Austin hit a two-run homer in his Minnesota debut, helping the Twins to the win.
Austin was acquired in the July 30 trade that sent Lance Lynn to the Yankees. He was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday.
Kyle Gibson (6-9) pitched seven effective innings as Minnesota improved to 2-4 on its seven-game trip.
Detroit lost for the seventh time in eight games. Francisco Liriano (3-7) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings.
Trevor Hildenberger yielded a two-run homer to Niko Goodrum in the ninth before finishing for his first save of the season.