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Hammel goes out on high note

Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel throws during the third inning against the Nationals on Friday in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel throws during the third inning against the Nationals on Friday in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON – Justin Ruggiano homered for the second straight game for the Cubs, who used another solid outing from Jason Hammel to beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Friday.

It was widely reported after the game the Cubs had a deal in place to trade Hammel and fellow pitcher Jeff Samardzija to the Oakland Athletics. 

Ruggiano connected for a solo shot against Tanner Roark (7-6) in the third inning, and then added a run-scoring single in the Cubs’ three-run ninth. He has six hits and seven RBIs in his past two games.

Chris Coghlan had two hits and scored three times as the Cubs collected 14 hits in their fourth consecutive victory.

Hammel (8-5) gave up two runs in six-plus innings in his second consecutive victory against Washington. The 6-foot-6 right-hander allowed two runs in 61/3 innings in a 7-2 victory over Roark and the Nationals on June 27 in his previous start.

Hammel, who also had an RBI single in his latest victory, improved to 8-0 with a 3.11 ERA in 10 career starts against Washington.

Jayson Werth homered in his second straight game and added a double for the Nationals, who had won five in a row.

Roark was charged with four runs and nine hits in seven innings in his second straight loss after a personal four-game winning streak.

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