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Bill Ladson

Espinosa ignites offense with three-run jack

Espinosa ignites offense with three-run jack

WASHINGTON -- Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa was the hitting hero in Friday's 7-5 victory over the Cubs. He went 2-for-4, including a three-run homer in the second inning to open the scoring.

Prior to Friday, the Nationals had problems scoring runs in their previous seven games. But Espinosa changed the momentum by hitting his blast off Cubs left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada and giving Washington a 3-0 lead.

"We jumped out fairly early getting the homer from Danny. The Cubs got within one, but we got a couple late," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "Nice job throughout the lineup tonight. Guys off the bench were good. Good win for us. We needed that one."

Espinosa thought he was going back on the bench with the return of Anthony Rendon, but that lasted only one inning Thursday, when Yunel Escobar injured his right wrist.

"It's not like I sat for two weeks and jumped back in there," Espinosa said. "I just kept playing. I stayed with my approach on what I wanted to do. I go out there and battle."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.