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    September 28, 2018 1:56 AM PDT

    CHICAGO -- Dan Haren showed speed isnt always the most important factor to having success on the mound. Cal Ripken Jersey . Despite throwing every pitch under 90 miles per hour, Haren allowed just five hits and one run in six strong innings to lead the Washington Nationals to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night. "In the beginning of the year, I was throwing harder and my stuff was nasty," Haren said, "but I was getting burned by the homers and the one mistake I would make would kill me." Since being activated from the disabled list on July 8, Haren (8-11) is 4-2 with a 2.20 earned run average in eight starts. "Its been unbelievable," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "Hes been really pitching good. Hes shown hes a quality pitcher and hes bounced back and pitched great." Asked for his take on the secret to Harens success against the Cubs while topping out at 89 mph, Johnson said: "He locates, changes speeds, hits his spots. Velocity is way overrated." Ryan Zimmerman had two hits and drove in a run, and Bryce Harper also had two hits and scored a crucial ninth-inning run for Washington. Zimmerman had two doubles and could have had two more hits as he lined out to third base in the third inning to start a double play and hit a hard shot at the centre fielder in the seventh. Harper doubled leading off the ninth and scored on Ian Desmonds RBI single to right field. Denard Span, a late-inning defensive replacement, added a run-scoring single for the Nationals final run. Rafael Soriano gave up a leadoff homer to Donnie Murphy in the bottom of the ninth before getting the last three outs for his 32nd save in 38 chances. Cubs starter Chris Rusin (2-3) gave up two runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings, managing to work out of jam after jam with minimal damage. "Just made a couple mistakes that cost me, but I was able to get out of jams, so I helped myself out there," he said. Last September, Rusin was roughed up for five runs on eight hits in one inning against the Nationals. "It was better than last year against these guys," Rusin said. "We didnt get the win. Thats the bad part about it. Just got to learn from a couple mistakes." The Cubs offence -- which scored just 12 runs in eight home games before an 11-run outburst on Monday -- went back into its Wrigley Field struggles. "It is what it is right now," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "We score on home runs. Today, both solo home runs." For Haren, the last week has been a whirlwind. He pitched six innings in a start against San Francisco last Thursday, and then made a relief appearance on Saturday, pitching one inning to earn the save in the Nats 15-inning win over Atlanta. There was some concern about how Haren would bounce back. "I felt fine physically, but warming up, it was just a little tougher to get loose," he said. "The first inning or two was a battle, but as the game progressed my stuff got better. "I didnt have my best stuff, especially in the beginning like I said. My cutter was real good. I worked that in on lefties a lot. I didnt throw quite as many splits and my fastball got better as the game went along." The Nationals took a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning as Zimmerman opened with a double, moved to third on Jayson Werths single and scored one out later on Tyler Moores run-scoring infield single. Washington went ahead in the top of the first. Ian Desmond reached on a fielders chose when the Cubs failed to turn a seemingly routine double play, and then scored on Zimmermans double to left field. The Cubs tied it in the bottom of the fourth on Brian Bogusevics first homer of the season, a two-out shot to right field that landed in the first row of the bleachers. NOTES: After the game, the Nationals optioned LHP Ian Krol to Class AAA Syracuse to make room for RHP Ross Ohlendorf. "Hes still learning up here," Johnson said of Krol, "but hes got a heck of a future." ... Cubs SS Starlin Castro batted eighth for the first time this season. He went 0 for 4 to extend his slump to 1 for 27. ... After being sent to the minors earlier in the season, Nationals reliever Drew Storen is back and throwing the ball more effectively, coming off three scoreless appearances in Atlanta during the weekend. ... The four-game series continues Wednesday night with the Ohlendorf (2-0) facing the Cubs Jake Arrieta (1-0). Custom Baltimore Orioles Jerseys . Robredo, ranked No. 16, bounced back from an upset loss to Leonardo Mayer in the second round of the Royal Guard Open in Chile last week to down Carreno Busta in 1 hour, 25 minutes. On a day filled mostly with qualifying matches, fifth-seeded Marcel Granollers of Spain also entered the second with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win over Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, while Guido Pella of Argentina defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 7-6 (6), 6-4 to advance. Chris Davis Jersey .5 seconds to play in the game, Kevin Love never stopped believing that they would come out of there with a win. .ca. Hey Kerry, big fan of yours, just finished reading your book. I think that we all saw the Canucks/Flames line brawl just after puck drop. It was obvious that something was about to happen, even to the referees because the fourth lines were on to start. Some things to watch in the Big Ten on Saturday:GAME OF THE WEEKMaryland at Penn State. Maryland has built its 4-0 record against the 80th-toughest schedule, according to the NCAA, so a Big Ten road game on homecoming in Happy Valley should provide a better assessment of the Terrapins. The Nittany Lions have won nine of their last 10 at home and are coming off an overtime win against Minnesota. The Terps blew out Purdue and bring in one of the best rushing offenses in the country. Each of the last two meetings has been decided by one point.BEST MATCHUPIowa at Minnesota. Floyd of Rosedale isnt all thats at stake. The loser will have virtually no room for error the rest of the way if it hopes to be a factor in the West. The defending division champion Hawkeyes, whose two losses came at home, would match the program record with an eighth straight road win. The Gophers are rushing for 228 yards a game, and Iowa has struggled to stop the run. Minnesotas defense has been vulnerable to the big play , and the Hawkeyes are among the conference leaders with 13 plays of 30 yards or longer. The teams have split the last six meetings.INSIDE THE NUMBERSPenn State safety Marcus Allen made a career-high 22 tackles in last weeks overtime win over Minnesota, the most stops by a PSU player since Paul Posluszny in 2005 and the most by a Big Ten player since 2011. ... Illinois has played the toughest schedule in the nation based on winning percentage against FBS teams. The Illinis tthree FBS opponents are a combined 14-1. Brooks Robinson Jersey. ... Purdues offense is converting 50.7 percent of its third downs to rank 15th nationally. Purdues defense is giving up first downs on 54.4 percent of third downs to rank 127th. ... Michigan has had 16 players carry the ball and 17 players catch passes. ... Rutgers, which hosts No. 4 Michigan, hasnt beaten a top-five opponent since then-No. 2 USF in 2007.LONG SHOTIndiana at No. 2 Ohio State. The Hoosiers go to the Horseshoe as 29-point underdogs , and theyre 0-28 all-time against teams ranked Nos. 1 or 2 and havent beaten a team in the top three since 1967. Indiana can draw confidence from last years meeting, when the Buckeyes won 34-27 after Eli Apple batted down a pass in the end zone as time expired. The Hoosiers are as confident as ever, having knocked off Michigan State in overtime last week. Indiana RB Devine Redding has three 100-yard games, but hell be going against the only FBS defense that has yet to allow a rushing touchdown.PLAYER TO WATCHMichigan State QB Tyler OConnor. The Spartans have lost back-to-back games , and the first-year starter is taking heat from the fans for the overtime loss to Indiana. OConnor needs to bounce back at home against BYU. 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