Corey Patterson drove in two runs and made it six out of his last seven games with a hit. Patterson was 4-for-13 with two homers during the Cubs' three-game winning streak prior to Saturday.
The bullpen was stellar in the final 4.2 innings, allowing just two hits as a whole. Todd Wellemeyer worked two scoreless innings and has not allowed a run since being brought back up from AAA-Iowa. Wellemeyer has thrown 6.2 scoreless innings since rejoining the team, notching seven strikeouts to only one walk.
The Cubs mounted rallies in their last three innings but left runners in scoring position each time. In the ninth, pinch-hitter Mike Fontenot was hit by a pitch from Nationals closer Chad Cordero to start the rally. He later scored on Patterson's RBI single to left, but the Cubs left the tying and go-ahead runs on base to end it.
The game was scheduled to start at 6:05 CDT. By the time Cordero recorded his eighth save and Livan Hernandez his sixth win, it was nearly midnight in Chicago; a rain delay barred play for almost three hours before the game finally started. Hernandez (6-2) also left the game early, the result of right knee soreness.