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Nationals' bullpen implodes again, turning series opener against Cubs into a laugher

The game seemed well within reach until the start of the eighth, when the Nationals called upon Kyle Barraclough, one of Manager Dave Martinez’s more trusted relievers.

The right-hander sandwiched the one out he got with a single and back-to-back home runs, the second of which was hit by the Cubs’ Kris Bryant, who finished with three homers off three different relievers in the final three innings.

The reliever after Barraclough, Dan Jennings, hit a batter, walked another and allowed two singles en route to two more runs that made it 10-4.

Turner’s return Friday after missing more than six weeks with a broken right index finger sustained in the team’s fourth game punctuated the optimism.

The injuries returned — Miller departed with a strained rotator cuff and outfielder Victor Robles, hit by a pitch, with a wrist contusion — and the bullpen registered more runs allowed (11) than outs (nine).

Anthony Rendon provided some help with his first home run since returning from the injured list May 7, a two-run shot in the third, but beyond that the lineup looked like it had before the Nationals healed up.

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