Bryant gets 3 hits, Cubs hand Nationals 8th loss in 10 games

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Kris Bryant tripled, doubled, singled and scored twice as the Chicago Cubs sent the Washington Nationals to their eighth loss in 10 games, 6-3 Sunday.

Jason Motte pitched a perfect ninth for his first save since 2012, when he led the NL with 42 for St. Louis before getting hurt. Closer Hector Rondon threw a perfect eighth — a day earlier, manager Joe Maddon said he might put the right-hander in some lower-pressure situations to get settled.

Chris Coghlan and Starlin Castro both had two hits and two RBIs, helping the Cubs take three of four in the series. The Nationals fell out of the NL East lead, passed by the New York Mets.

Kyle Hendricks (2-2) went five innings, giving up three runs and six hits.

Jordan Zimmermann (5-3) had won his last four decisions. He began this game 1-4 lifetime against the Cubs, and ran into more trouble, giving up four runs on 10 hits in five innings.