Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Blake DeWitt went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI, and Casey Coleman picked up his first major league win in Mike Quade's debut as interim manager for the Cubs, as Chicago thumped Washington, 9-1.
With Lou Piniella leaving his post as manager earlier than expected following Sunday's 16-5 loss to Atlanta, Quade stepped in and watched the Cubs record 15 hits to win for just the second time in their last eight games overall.
Ivan Rodriguez's run-scoring groundout in the seventh inning was the only offense mustered by the hosts, and by that time the Cubs had built a 9-0 lead.
DeWitt opened Chicago's five-run third with a homer to right, his fourth long ball of the season. Hernandez uncharacteristically lost his control later in the inning, hitting a pair of batters around a walk to load the bases for Colvin, who plated a pair with a base hit.
Soriano then blooped one down the right-field line that landed just out of Willie Harris' diving reach, scoring two more for a 5-0 edge.
The Cubs loaded the bases again in the fifth, and Coleman ended his counterpart's outing with an RBI single to left. DeWitt then added a sacrifice fly off Miguel Batista for a commanding 7-0 lead.
Quade is in his eighth season with the Cubs and served as both third base and outfield coach...Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd left the game early after getting hit by a pitch on his hand...Before the game, the Cubs activated Soto from the 15-day disabled list and recalled infielder Micah Hoffpauir from Triple-A Iowa...Xavier Nady had three hits for the Cubs, who stranded 12 runners.