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Davey Martinez’s Nationals dropped 2 of 3 to the Cubs in D.C. in May, now they play three more in Wrigley Field...

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Heading into this weekend’s three-game set with the Chicago Cubs, Washington’s Nationals have won 9 of their last 11, 12 of 15, and 13 of 19 overall so far in August. Davey Martinez’s club’s 7-1 win in the series finale with the Pittsburgh Pirates last night left them with 81 runs scored in their last eight games, in which they’re 6-2, and they’ve now outscored their opponents 120-63 in the last 16 games.

“It’s just everybody contributing,” Martinez said after Wednesday’s win in PNC Park.

“Everybody working good at bats throughout the whole lineup, taking their walks.”

“‘Take your walks,’ you know,” he said he told both Victor Robles and Juan Soto recently, as he doled out advice to his club.

“When these guys all get on base and get on for the next guy, it’s like a chain reaction, it just keeps going on, keeps going on, all of a sudden you get that one big hit because we’ve got the guys on base, that’s how you drive in all those runs.”

Trea Turner went 2 for 5 with a run scored last night, extending his on-base streak to 29 in a row with the first of his two hits.

Anthony Rendon doubled (his 35th) and hit a home run late (No. 28), going 2 for 5 as well.

Asdrúbal Cabrera, who was signed after the Texas Rangers designated him for assignment and released him, finished the series with the Pirates 4 for 13 with a double, two homers, and 9 RBIs in the 4-game series.

Martinez talked after Wednesday’s game about the contributions from the veteran infielder in his short time with the Nationals this season.

“We knew just watching Asdrúbal over the years, I mean, he was not having a terrible year, he was still hitting his home runs and driving in runs,” the second-year skipper said. “When he became available, it was a conversation with [GM Mike Rizzo] that he would he a good piece to have and he fits, and we talked to him a little bit about playing first base as well, which he was all up for, and we ended up getting him and he’s been unbelievable since he’s been here, not only on the field, but off the field as well, just fits in perfectly with our chemistry.”

They’re firing on all cylinders heading into this weekend’s series with the Cubs. Will they keep it up in Wrigley?

NOTES: Brian Dozier starts at second today. Kurt Suzuki is doing the day game after a night game thing. Zuk is strong. I still don’t know about the nicknames.

HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR THE OPENER WITH THE CUBS:

In case you need a key to the Players’ Weekend nicknames: