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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.

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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.

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


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