Chicago Cubs

Bryant hits 3 HRs as Cubs punish Nats' bullpen in 14-6 win


Albert Almora Jr., Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras also homered to help the NL Central-leading Cubs (26-16) snap a two-game skid.


Bryant went deep in the seventh, eighth and ninth, making him the 12th player to homer in three straight innings.


He finished with four hits and extended his on-base streak to 26 games, a career best and the longest active run in the majors.


The left-hander tossed five effective innings, squirming out of two bases-loaded jams, as the Cubs improved to 7-2 in his nine starts this season.


Trea Turner went 2 for 5 in his return from a broken right index finger that kept the Nationals shortstop out of the lineup for 38 games.


Almora made a diving catch in center field to rob Juan Soto of a hit in the ninth inning.






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