Jayson Werth and Asdrubal Cabrera added solo homers for
Washington, which moved seven games ahead of second-place Atlanta in
the National League East. Gio Gonzalez (7-9) allowed three runs and
three hits over six innings to snap a nine-start winless drought and
three relievers bridged the gap to Rafael Soriano, who yielded a run
but struck out pinch-hitter Joc Pederson with runners on the corners
and two out in the ninth for his 31st save.
Matt Kemp belted a two-run homer in the first and Juan Uribe also
drove in two runs for Los Angeles, which saw its lead over San
Francisco in the NL West reduced to two games. Roberto Hernandez
(8-10) surrendered a career-high four home runs after allowing just
one over his previous 11 starts and exited after yielding five runs
in 4 1/3 innings.
Washington, which recorded a total of 10 home runs during its
three-game series against Seattle over the weekend, took an early
lead on Werth’s two-out solo shot in the first. Kemp's two-run blast
in the bottom half gave the Dodgers a brief lead before Cabrera and
Span answered with solo homers in the third.
Span, who homered once in his first 122 games this season, made it
three in his last five contests with a two-run shot into the
right-field seats in the fifth that put the Nationals ahead 5-2.
Uribe delivered an RBI single in the seventh and plated another run
with a base hit in the ninth before Soriano caught Pederson looking
to end the Dodgers' comeback attempt.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Gonzalez retired 16 of the next 17 batters following Kemp’s
two-out homer in the first en route to his first win since July 5. …
Dodgers 2B Dee Gordon went 0-for-4 and is hitless in his last 18
at-bats. … 3B Anthony Rendon recorded two hits, an RBI and two stolen
bases for Washington, which improved to 64-7 when scoring four or more
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