Erik Fedde and three relievers combined on a six-hitter, César Hernández had an RBI single and the Washington Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 Wednesday to avoid a series sweep.
Washington ended a nine-game losing streak against Los Angeles. Since Game 5 of the NL Division Series in 2019, the Nationals had not been able to defeat the Dodgers.
Tanner Rainey left two runners on base in the ninth inning. This was his fourth save in six attempts. Cody Bellinger and Will Smith then delivered fly balls to bring it to an end.
Los Angeles lost only the second of 11 games. However, the Dodgers have the best record in National League history at 29-14. Los Angeles had outscored Washington by 19-5 in the opening two games.
Mookie Betts, the NL’s home run leader, was not in the lineup due to a scheduled day off. However, he was able to pitch as a pinch hitter and lead the eighth. That snapped Betts’ 12-game streak with a run scored, which was tied with Rafael Furcal (2010) for the Dodgers’ longest such stretch since they moved to Los Angeles and trailed only Zack Wheat’s 13-game run in 1925 in franchise history.
Fedde (3-3) tossed six innings. He allowed four hits, one walk and struck out six. Carl Edwards Jr. pitched seven innings. Kyle Finnegan survived a two on, one-out jam with Rainey in the eighth.
The Nationals manufactured a run in the sixth off Julio Urías when Victor Robles walked, Alcides Escobar followed with a bunt single and Hernández singled to left to bring in Robles.
Urías (3-4) allowed a run and four hits in six innings, striking out three. He lost his fourth consecutive start.
Trea Turner, Los Angeles shortstop grew his hitting streak to 17 with an eighth-inning single.
Dodgers: Bellinger (illness), was out of the lineup for a second day. However, he pinch hit in the seventh to keep the Dodgers in the game in the center. LHP Andrew Heaney (shoulder), throws another bullpen in Arizona.
Nationals: Joe Ross, RHP, felt tightness at his elbow Tuesday at Double A Harrisburg. Ross will undergo an MRI. Ross, who is still recovering from surgery to remove the bone spur in his right arm, threw three shutout innings. “It’s concerning, because it’s his elbow again,” manager Dave Martinez said. “But I don’t want to jump to any conclusions.”… INF Ehire Adrianza, quad strain, was 1 for 4. He also ran Wednesday in his second rehabilitation game at Harrisburg.
ROBERTS TALKS OUT
Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts spent much of his pregame media session discussing Wednesday’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two teachers dead.
“I’m just more sickened by it and I’m still trying to put my thoughts together in some sense of trying to rationalize it, because I can’t,” he said.
Dodgers: RHP Mitch White (0-1, 6.17 ERA), who won a relief win May 17 against Arizona, makes his second start for the season. Los Angeles opens a four-game series at Arizona.
Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (0-7, 6.60), who gave up five runs in eight innings at Colorado on May 4, faces the Rockies again Thursday in the opener of a four-game series as Washington’s homestand continues.