Wilson Ramos hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the fifth
inning for the Nationals, who took two of three in the series.
Strasburg (3-2) struck out six and gave up two runs and seven
hits while Denard Span and Jayson Werth each had two hits in a
game that started 1 hour, 45 minutes late due to rain.
Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig each had run-scoring singles for
the Dodgers. Carl Crawford had two hits and was 8-for-13 in the
The run-scoring hits by Gonzalez and Puig gave Los Angeles a 2-0
lead in the first before Strasburg settled down. LaRoche singled
in the bottom of the first with his tying hit to right and Span
beat Puig’s throw on Ramos’ run-scoring fly to right in the
fifth off Dan Haren (4-1), who allowed three runs and seven hits
in six innings.
Strasburg was removed with one out in the eighth and two men on
base and Jerry Blevins retired Gonzalez on a foul pop to end a
10-pitch battle before Tyler Clippard retired Puig on a fly to
center. Rafael Soriano struck out two while sailing through the
ninth for his seventh save.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Puig went 1-for-3 in his return after missing the
first two games of the series following a collision with the
wall in Miami on Sunday. … Ramos (hand) was activated from the
disabled list prior to the game and RHP Blake Treinen was
optioned to Triple-A Syracuse. … Nationals manager Matt
Williams’ car was rear-ended on the way to the ballpark but
Williams wasn’t injured.
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