Chicago Cubs 5 – Washington Nationals 4
Highlights: The Nationals scored four runs in the ninth before Wade Davis struck out big league batting leader Ryan Zimmerman with runners on second and third to blunt a comeback bid, and Cubs preserved a 5-4 victory in the opener of a four game series Monday night. With Washington down 5-3, Bryce Harper‘s single and third hit of the game loaded the bases with two outs. Davis threw a wild pitch that scored a run before striking out a swinging Zimmerman, who’s hitting .344. The final pitch bounced, and catcher Willson Contreras zipped a low throw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo to close out the victory. Contreras hit a leadoff home run in his first career game-opening at-bat and Eddie Butler (4-2) worked five scoreless innings to keep the Cubs ahead. Gio Gonzalez (7-2) allowed a run and two hits, striking out eight over six innings in his sixth start.
Chicago White Sox 5 – New York Yankees 6
Highlights: Jordan Montgomery matched his season high with seven solid innings and closer Aroldis Chapman shut down a ninth-inning rally just in time, lifting the Yankees over the Chicago White Sox 6-5 on Monday night. New York led 6-1 entering the ninth, but Yankees reliever Chasen Shreve gave up a three-run homer to Tim Anderson and Chapman allowed an RBI double to Jose Abreu. Chapman retired Avisail Garcia and Todd Frazier to finish his eighth save and first since returning from the disabled list a week ago. Chase Headley had three hits and an RBI. Tyler Austin lined a solo homer and had a sacrifice fly for New York. Austin Romine and Ronald Torreyes each drove in runs with sac flies.