Dodgers complete suspended game with Nationals, a 5-3 loss

Joc Pederson

Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson has been slumping lately.

(Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

The Dodgers and Washington Nationals traded home runs Saturday in the final four innings of a game that started the previous night.

The end result was a 5-3 victory for the Nationals, who went ahead on Matt den Dekker’s two-run, pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning off right-hander Pedro Baez.

The game was suspended after five innings Friday night because a bank of lights down the left-field line malfunctioned. The Nationals said a faulty circuit breaker was to blame.

Play resumed Saturday with the Dodgers trailing, 3-2, in the top of the sixth inning.


Two batters into the inning, Adrian Gonzalez blasted a solo home run that tied the score, 3-3.

The home run was the second of the game for Gonzalez, who also hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning the previous night.

The Dodgers and Nationals will play again Saturday, this time at 1:05 p.m. PDT.

Clayton Kershaw will start for the Dodgers. Doug Fister will pitch for the Nationals.


The league will permit both teams to expand their rosters to 26 players for the second game.

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