Jeff Samardzija goes distance as Cubs beat Pirates – USATODAY.com

David DeJesus singled in Welington Castillo with two outs in the eighth for the go-ahead run after Pittsburgh had tied the game at 3 in the bottom of the seventh.

Samardzija (9-13) overcame a rocky first inning to allow two hits over his final 81/3 innings. With the 27-year-old in his first full season as a major league starter, the Cubs announced Friday their intention to shut him down for the season.

Batting in the No. 9 spot in the order, Chicago’s Tony Campana had two hits and scored two runs. Alfonso Soriano hit his 27th home run for the Cubs, who arrived in Pittsburgh having lost 17 of their previous 18 road games but won for the second consecutive night.

Washington Nationals 7, Miami Marlins 6

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pinch-hitter Corey Brown singled to drive in Ian Desmond for the Nationals’ winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

After Adam LaRoche singled off Chad Guadin (3-2) to open the inning, Desmond singled him to third and Danny Espinosa was intentionally walked to load the bases. After a forceout at home, Brown blooped a single to right.

Drew Storen (2-1) pitched a scoreless 10th inning for the win.

After a 2:33 rain delay, Jayson Werth led off the bottom of the ninth with home run off Heath Bell to tie it at 6.

Cincinnati Reds 5, Houston Astros 1

CINCINNATI (AP) — Bronson Arroyo extended his personal winning streak to five games and Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips hit solo home runs for Cincinnati.

Phillips and Joey Votto both had two hits to help Arroyo improve to 8-1 over his last nine starts and 9-2 since July 6.

Arroyo (12-7) had at least one baserunner in every inning except the seventh — his last — but allowed just a first-inning run. The Astros had seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

Sean Marshall allowed a walk in the eighth and Jonathan Broxton gave up two hits while finishing the game in the ninth.

Houston starter Bud Norris (5-12) saw his career-long losing streak stretch to 11 games, dating to May 31. He allowed six hits and…

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