Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Hanley Ramirez's RBI double in the 10th
inning plated the go-ahead run to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 win
over the Washington Nationals in the middle test of a three-game set.
Adrian Gonzalez opened the frame with a double then scored as Ramirez laced a
two-bagger off the wall in left-center field. After moving to third on Juan
Uribe's sacrifice bunt, Ramirez scored on Andre Ethier's sacrifice fly to
Ramirez finished the game 3-for-5 and Mark Ellis added an RBI single for
Los Angeles, which has won 19 of its last 24 games to move within one game of
the Arizona Diamondbacks for first place in the NL West.
Dodgers starter Zack Greinke allowed one run on seven hits over six innings.
Chris Withrow (1-0) worked a perfect ninth to earn the win and Kenley Jansen
retired the side in order in the 10th to pick up his 11th save.
Roger Bernadina drove in the Nationals' lone run with a pinch-hit single in
Washington starter Gio Gonzalez scattered four hits and struck out 11 over six
Craig Stammen (5-5) was pegged with the loss after giving up the go-ahead run
in the 10th while recording one out.
The Nationals broke through for a run in the sixth inning. With runners on
first and second and two outs, Bernadina dropped a bloop single to right
field. Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig fired the ball home, but it wasn't in
time, allowing Chad Tracy to score. Catcher Tim Federowicz, though, fired the
ball to second to catch Bernadina to end the frame.
The Dodgers tied the game in their next turn at the plate. Skip Schumaker
laced a two-out double to center then came around on Ellis' base hit to
Washington put two on with one out in the home seventh but failed to click,
then placed a runner on third with one out in the eighth inning, but were
unable once more to cash in on the scoring chance. The Nats went just 1-for-12
with runners in scoring position and are just 2-for-21 with RISP in the
"We got into great hitting counts all night and didn't do anything. That was
frustrating," said Nationals manager Davey Johnson.
Ramirez is batting .390 with 28 RBI over 41 games this season ... Gonzalez
hasn't lost since May 27 ... Washington went 1-for-12 with RISP ...
Game time: 4:07.
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