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Dodgers fall to Nationals, 4-0, in the rain

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via LA Times: Some impressive streaks end in the rain in Washington

KEY MOMENT: Anthony Rendon followed Denard Span's leadoff double with his fifth home run of the season to give the Nationals the only runs they needed to beat Zack Greinke. The game was interrupted by rain for 3 hours 17 minutes midway through the fourth inning, forcing both starting pitchers out of the game after fewer than 60 pitches.

AT THE PLATE: Carl Crawford had three hits and Matt Kemp two for the Dodgers, who were shut out for the second time this season. Hanley Ramirez added a double, but the Dodgers never got a runner as far as third.

ON THE MOUND: Greinke's streak of 21 consecutive starts in which has gone at least five innings and given up two or fewer runs was washed away when the game was stopped by rain.

EXTRA BASES: Monday's rain delay was longer than the average big league game this season. When it resumed at 11:40 p.m. local time, only about 200 fans were left from the announced crowd of 25,447. And even fewer were on hand when the game ended at 1:20 a.m. … The Dodgers will offer $5 parking in Lots 13 and 14 on a trial basis, beginning this weekend. Previously parking in those lots was $15 on game day and $8 in advance. A free shuttle will be available for disabled fans.

UP NEXT: Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 1.35 ERA), who hasn't pitched since the Dodgers' March 22 season opener in Australia, will be back on a big league mound Tuesday in a 4 p.m. PDT game at Nationals Park. Kershaw, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, went on the DL with a strained muscle in his upper back the day the Dodgers opened the domestic portion of their schedule five weeks ago. As of Monday night the Nationals had not settled on their starter, although the most likely choices appear to be left-hander Ross Detwiler and minor leaguer Blake Treinen, a right-hander. On the air: Radio: 570, 1020; TV: SportsNet LA.

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