Harden Throws Gem, Cubs Improve To 30 Over .500

Katelyn GrabarekSenior Analyst IAugust 24, 2008

Rich Harden continued his domination of the National League Sunday, helping the Cubs beat the Nationals 6-1 and earning their eighth consecutive series victory.

Harden only allowed two hits in seven innings of work, allowing one run and striking out eleven, a season high.

Harden won his fourth straight start and added his fifth double digit strikeout game since joining the Cubs.

On an even better note, the Cubs haven't been 30 games over .500 since 1984, when they finished the season 31 over.

Cubs fans are hoping Kosuke Fukudome has broken out of his slump after a talk with Lou Piniella Sunday morning.

Fukudome pinch hit in the game and came up with a two run homer.

Mark DeRosa continues to set career highs in both home runs and RBI's.

DeRosa hit a homer in his fourth straight game, and now has 18, and 77 RBI's.

The Cubs will go on the road for a short trip to Pittsburgh.  Ted Lilly (12-2) will start game one for the Cubs against Jeff Karstens (2-2).