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Dodgers can't go the distance in loss to Nationals, 8-5, in 14 innings

Adam LaRoche comes up big in Nationals' 8-5 win over Dodgers in 14 innings

KEY MOMENT: A one-out throwing error by Justin Turner opened the door for Washington, which broke open a tie game with three unearned runs in the 14th inning. Ian Desmond started the rally by reaching on the error. He moved to second base on a walk, to third on a wild pitch and scored the go-ahead run when the Dodgers were unable to turn a double play on Adam LaRoche's grounder that should have ended the inning. Asdrubal Cabrera followed and put the game away with a two-run home run.

AT THE PLATE: LaRoche, who entered the game in the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter, finished with five runs batted in. He tied the score in the ninth with a two-run home run, then put the Nationals ahead briefly in the 12th with a two-run single before driving in the go-ahead run in the 14th. For the Dodgers, Turner and Carl Crawford each had three hits and each hit a two-run home run, and Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig had two hits each. Adrian Gonzalez wasonly one for seven and the Dodgers twice had the bases loaded in extra innings but failed to score, going two for nine with runners in scoring positions and stranding 12 runners.

ON THE MOUND: Carlos Frias was impressive in his first major league start, shutting out the Nationalson three hits through six innings. But Kenley Jansen couldn't convert a four-out save opportunity, giving up three runs in the span of three outs. Brandon League and Kevin Correia pitched the last three innings, combining to give up five runs, four hits and two walks, although the three runs scored against Correia were unearned.

EXTRA BASES: Manager Don Mattingly said it's unlikely right-hander Josh Beckett will pitch again this season. Beckett (6-6. 2.88 earned-run average) hasn't pitched since Aug. 3, the day before going on the disabled list because of a left hip impingement and groin strain. Surgery remains a possibility and Beckett has reportedly talked of retirement as well. "Being able to get back for the season is getting really iffy," Mattingly said. "Other than that, it's going to end up being Josh's decision to do what he wants to do." … The Dodgers Foundation will stage a charity 5K run and kids fun run Sept. 21 at Dodger Stadium during the team's final trip of the regular season. The event will feature a postrace run on the warning track and appearances by Dodgers alumni. For more information and to register go to http://www.dodgers.com/5K.

UP NEXT: Dodgers right-hander Dan Haren (11-10, 4.27) will oppose the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday at 7 p.m. at Dodger Stadium. The Diamondbacks have not announced their starting pitcher.

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