Mark Reynolds

Bote's grand slam in 9th lifts Cubs over Nationals 4-3

The celebration was under way by the time David Bote flung his helmet high into the air on his way home.

Teammates were already jumping up and down, ready to mob him at the plate. The fans were in a frenzy, too.

Nothing like a game-ending grand slam to get the festivities started.

A pinch-hitting Bote smashed one against Ryan Madson with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday night.

Bote's long drive to center field came after dominant starts by Washington's Max Scherzer and Chicago's Cole Hamels.

Madson (2-5) entered with a 3-0 lead to start the ninth and quickly ran into...