Chicago (16-18) at Washington (18-17)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat May 14, 2005
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The Chicago Cubs look to continue inching closer to respectability as they face the Washington Nationals in the middle game of their weekend series at RFK Stadium.

Aramis Ramirez’s tiebreaking homer and three Washington errors helped the Cubs beat the Nationals 6-3 Friday night for their third straight victory.

“They helped us out some,” Cubs manager Dusty Baker admitted. “They made some errors, and we needed some breaks, and we got some breaks tonight.”

After a seven-game losing streak dropped the Cubs to 12-17, they have won four of their last five.

Chicago second baseman Jerry Hairston didn’t feel the least big guilty about taking advantage of Washington’s mistakes.

“We’re due. We’re way overdue for that,” he said. “We have too good a team to keep going like this. We got the breaks tonight, and hopefully it’ll continue.”

Washington (18-17) lost for the fourth time in five games as its normally reliable defense and bullpen failed it after the teams were tied at 2 through seven innings.

After nine consecutive games without an error, Washington has five in its last two contest.

“We have to stop this little slide, playing this way. If you’re going to get beat, make the other team beat you—and we’re not doing that right now,” Nationals manager Frank Robinson said.

“We’re helping them beat us. We’re a better ballclub than this all the way around.”

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