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Nationals take out Cubs 3-1 behind strong night by Hernandez

CHICAGO (AP) -- Livan Hernandez pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on a chilly Tuesday night.

At 35, Hernandez continues to excel this season after struggling last year. And the Nationals are enjoying a bit of a renaissance, themselves, with an 11-10 record that matches their best start since 2005.

Ian Desmond delivered a pair of RBI singles -- one during a two-run first and one in the eighth that made it 3-1 -- and Cristian Guzman added a run-scoring triple to back another dominant outing by Hernandez (3-1).

He did not allow an extra-base hit while outpitching Tom Gorzelanny (0-3) and continued to put aside last year's misery, when he was 9-12 with a 5.44 ERA for the Mets and Nationals.

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