The stretch drive called, and the
Not with the
The Dodgers and Nationals each started Monday with 77 wins, but by the end of the muggy twilight game only the Nats had increased their win total.
The Nationals jumped all over Roberto Hernandez, hammering him for four home runs in a little over four innings to pound out a 6-4 win before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 41,857.
And with the first day of September, it is already nervous time.
The Dodgers led by five games a week ago, but the Giants have won six of their last seven games. The Dodgers hold two-game lead over the Giants in the National League West.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers’ offense continued its very late work-in-progress routine. Matched against
And then they did not get another hit until Kemp singled in the seventh. The Dodgers managed only six hits on the night.
Hernandez had been more so-so than bad in his first three starts (2-1, 3.52 earned-run average) since the Dodgers acquired him from the
But Monday it was all bad. The first three home runs he allowed -- by
Span's second shot ended the night for Hernandez (8-10), who had won both his previous starts against the Nationals this season while with the Phillies. Hernandez was charged with five runs, five hits and a walk in 4 1/3 innings.
In the seventh,
The Dodgers added a final run with two outs in the ninth when Uribe singled in Yasiel Puig. Pinch-hitter
With a full count, Washington closer
Gonzalez went six-plus innings for Washington, allowing three runs and three hits, with four strikeouts and two walks. Gonzalez (7-9) had been 0-4 in his eight previous starts in the second half.