Adam LaRoche went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer, to help the Nationals defeat the Cubs, 7-4. Danny Espinosa started a five-run, eighth-inning rally with a solo shot. Chad Tracy followed with a two-run single for Washington. Ryan Mattheus earned the win out of the bullpen and Henry Rodriguez notched the save. Leadoff man Reed Johnson scored once and drove in two runs for Chicago. Kerry Wood allowed three runs in two-thirds of an inning to suffer the loss.