LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles Dodgers were unable to close out their National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals Monday night, losing 6-1.
The Dodgers, who took an early lead in the first with a home run by Justin Turner against pitcher Max Scherzer, were unable to build on that momentum throughout the rest of the game, garnering just four additional hits against Scherzer and two relievers.
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The Nationals were able to tie the game in the third against Rich Hill.
“I think to get out of that inning with one run, and to get Kenta (Maeda) in that spot to get (Howie) Kendrick was big, and to finish three inning and to be knotted up at one was a good spot for us with six innings to play,” Dave Roberts, Dodgers manager, said.
But it was the fifth inning where the Nationals pulled away, scoring four runs.
The first came against pitcher Julio Urias — who relieved Kenta Maeda — after he allowed singles to three of the five batters he faced with Anthony Rendon singling in Trea Turner with the go-ahead run. The final runs came from a two-out, three-run homer by Ryan Zimmerman off Pedro Baez — the fourth of six Dodger pitchers for the night. Zimmerman was the first batter Baez faced.
The last run of the night came in the bottom of the sixth inning against Ross Stripling.
Game 5 of the best-of-five series is scheduled for 5:37 p.m. Wednesday at Dodger Stadium with an expected start by Walker Buehler.