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Cubs avoid star, sweep Nats

Javier Baez gives the Cubs a second straight series sweep and a seventh win in a row with a solo home run in the 13th inning.

Associated Press

Javier Baez gives the Cubs a second straight series sweep and a seventh win in a row with a solo home run in the 13th inning.

CHICAGO — Bryce Harper was drawing walks at such a ridiculous rate, he wound up tying a major-league record.

That's because the Cubs gave the Nationals star little to hit.

Chicago walked Harper a record-tying six times then beat Washington 4-3 when Javier Baez homered in the 13th inning Sunday for a four-game sweep.

The Cubs won their seventh in a row and improved the majors' best record to 24-6. Washington lost its fourth straight.

"They had a plan. They had a plan and unfortunately it worked," Harper said.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon insisted the walks were more a product of the circumstances than a concerted effort to avoid him. Yet the reigning NL MVP walked 13 times in this series.

"I know that he's not as hot as he can be coming into this series, but you don't want to get him hot," Maddon said. "I've been part of that in the past. We did what we thought we had to do today, and it happened to work."

Cubs 4

Nationals 3

13 INNINGS

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