felt some love from the ones who matter to him most.
Bradley had a homer and three RBIs as the Cubs beat the
9-4 on Wednesday night, only their sixth win in the last 19 games.
After Tuesday night's 15-6 loss in which he went 4 for 4, Bradley said he had felt hatred on a daily basis during his first
disappointing season in Chicago.
How about one night later?
''I feel love for me. I love me,'' Bradley said. ''I look in the mirror and I go out there and play. I feel the love from
my teammates. I feel the love from the coaching staff and from myself. I go out there and try to do things. That's all I do.''
With the score tied at 2, reliever
(2-3) gave up singles to
in the seventh. With runners at the corners, Bradley hit a slow roller to third baseman
, whose throw home was high and late, giving the Cubs the lead.
had two-run doubles and
added an RBI double off
in the eighth when the Cubs batted around and scored six times.
Bradley's homer was his 11th and he has 35 RBIs this season. On his way back to the dugout after his homer, Bradley moved
his fingers up and down in apparent response to those who had been talking about him.
''What I do? People always got something to say. Keep talking,'' Bradley said.
''They ain't stopping nothing. What are you trying to prove? You're not proving anything, but you're an idiot.''
(3-3) got the win with an inning of relief after replacing starter
, who allowed five hits and two runs in six innings.
New Cubs closer
came in to pitch the top of the ninth and walked the first three batters before giving up
' RBI grounder and a run-scoring double to
''We'll continue to give him the ball,'' Cubs manager
said. ''But boy he makes it tough on himself.''
pitched solid six innings in his return to the Nationals, giving up two runs and five hits.
Hernandez, who was 24-18 in 59 starts with the Nationals in 2005 and 2006, was released by the Mets last week following three
shaky starts in which he yielded 26 hits and 18 earned runs in 14 1-3 innings. He was signed by the Nationals after their
15-6 win Tuesday night.
''It's nice. I want to come back and pitch in the city. I love the city and playing there,'' Hernandez said of his return
to D.C. ''Always the Nationals are my first option and it's something I want to do a long time.''
Nationals interim manager Jim Riggleman said Hernandez can be an example for the team's younger pitchers.
''Livan did a real good job. It was kind of vintage Livan, mixing his pitches up. You know we use that phrase a lot 'changing
speeds,' but he really does,'' Riggleman said.
''He's a complete guy out there. He can handle the bat and I'm glad we got him.''
The Nationals tied it in the fifth on
's two-out RBI single on a 3-2 pitch from Harden.
Harris led off the game with a single, and a hit batsman and a walk loaded the bases before
, who had six RBIs Tuesday night, delivered a sacrifice fly.
NOTES: Hernandez entered the game 10-6 in his career against the Cubs. While with Arizona, he beat them in clinching Game
3 of the 2007 NLDS. .... Harris started a second straight game in center field as
recovered from flu-like symptoms.