He was 3-0 with a 2.60 ERA in three previous starts against St. Cardinals starter Lance Lynn allowed three runs and five hits, struck out five and walked four in four innings, tying his shortest outing of the season.
In 12 of his last 14 starts, he had allowed no more than two runs.
'' Obviously disappointed we didn't get the second, but I thought our guys played a really strong game.'' Brett Connolly also scored a power-play goal for Washington.'' It's working,'' Ovechkin said of the power play.
They also moved to six games ahead of third-place St.
The Capitals won 55 and 56 games the previous two seasons.'' We had high expectations.
We have expectations to do well every year, especially the last couple of years,'' Trotz said. Our expectations are higher than some other teams because we feel like we can get there.
Lynn hasn't won at Wrigley Field since July 27, 2012.
Ben Zobrist's grounder gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the third inning.
The lead did not last long, with Carl Gunnarson credited with a goal after his shot into pack of players evaded goaltender Braden Holtby with remaining.'' Kind of a weird game, back and forth,'' Gunnarson said.