Cubs catcher Willson Contreras batting leadoff against Nationals

The Chicago Cubs have had a hard time sustaining any positive momentum during their World Series title defense, and they'll face a tough task in trying to do so when they begin a four-game road series against the Washington Nationals on Monday.

In a dramatic finish, Davis survived giving up three hits, a walk and a wild pitch, striking out Ryan Zimmerman with a curveball to end a game that lasted 3 hours and 54 minutes.

In the 9th, the Nats staged more comeback heroics, and Zimmerman again represented the go-ahead and winning runs.

The young Cubs manufactured their next run in the eighth inning when Baez stole third base and scored on Albert Almora Jr.'s perfectly placed bunt into the no man's land between the pitcher's mound and the first-base line.

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The Cubs won five of seven meetings with the Nationals last season, sweeping a four-game series at Wrigley Field while dropping two of three at Nationals Park. "I am not putting a lot of stock into it", Maddon said of the series in Washington.

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Arizona, which entertains the Cardinals on Tuesday to open a three-game series, won for the 12th time in 14 games to extend the best start in team history (49-28). It was something I knew was going to take some time. But Chicago is hovering just above.500 this year, and the hole Dexter left was never replaced.

Contreras also had two hits for the Cubs, and Bryce Harper had three for the Nationals.

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The last word from Maddon, who keeps insisting the 39-37 Cubs have a hot streak in them and that he digs the youth movement: "If this was a spring training lineup, we might get a call".

Contreras said he wasn't fazed when he saw Maddon had inserted him into the leadoff spot. For some infield depth, Chicago recalled INF Jeimer Candelario (who started at third) from Triple-A Iowa and optioned RHP Dylan Floro there. Javier Baez is starting at shortstop as Addison Russell deals with a sore right (throwing) shoulder.

Nationals: LF Jayson Werth has been taking swings in BP and is getting closer to a rehab assignment.

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