- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CHICAGO — The moment Kris Bryant made contact, just about everyone in the Cubs‘ dugout rose to take a look.

It was hard to tell if the ball struck the top of the new videoboard in left or went over it. Either way, Bryant had the most impressive hit of the night.

The winning swing went to Addison Russell.

The rookie infielder hit a game-ending RBI double in the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the surging Washington Nationals, 3-2, on Tuesday night.

Russell’s hit made a winner of Hector Rondon (3-0), who worked a scoreless ninth. It also gave Chicago a major league-leading 13 one-run victories and sent the Nationals to their second loss in 10 games.

Bryant’s towering drive in the eighth inning tied it at 2-2 and helped set the stage for the big finish.

“I’ve hit some good home runs in my short time here on this Earth,” Bryant said. “That was a good one for me, and there was a little wind blowing out, too.”

Chris Coghlan started the winning rally with a one-out single against Matt Grace (2-1). The Cubs then caught a huge break when shortstop Ian Desmond threw wide to first while trying to turn a potential double play on pinch-hitter Jonathan Herrera’s grounder to second.

That extended the inning, and Russell lined a 1-0 pitch beyond center fielder Denard Span’s reach for his third hit of the game.

“It wasn’t a good pitch in that count,” Grace said. “It was up in the zone and that’s pretty much the gist of it.”

Chicago’s Kyle Hendricks and Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann each turned in dominant starts, allowing one run over seven innings.

Dexter Fowler put the Cubs in front with a leadoff home run in the first. It stayed that way until Bryce Harper led off the seventh with his National League-leading 17th home run, driving the ball to about the third row in left field.

The Nationals went ahead when Span connected against Pedro Strop with two out in the eighth, belting a drive to right for his second home run in as many games. But Bryant went deep in the bottom half.

Bryant’s seventh home run came on a full-count pitch from Aaron Barrett after he fell behind 0-2 in the count. The rookie also flied out twice to the warning track in center.

“Everyone just stood up to see how far it would go,” Russell said. “When he hits balls, they go far. Us as a team, we’re used to seeing it. But the whole world’s seeing it. It’s just a cool feeling. The world gets to see what he has to offer.”

The long balls overshadowed strong starts by Hendricks and Zimmermann.

Hendricks, coming off his first career shutout last week at San Diego, gave up four hits. Zimmermann allowed six hits, but the NL East-leading Nationals lost for just the sixth time in 26 games.

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