National League Game Summary - Los Angeles at Washington|
(Wednesday, May 7th)
Final Score: Washington 3, Los Angeles 2
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Wilson Ramos returned to the lineup and
helped Washington beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in the rubber match of a
three-game set at Nationals Park.
Activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to Wednesday's tilt, Ramos broke
a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning with a sacrifice fly. The Nationals catcher had
been sidelined with a hamate fracture in his left hand, an injury he suffered
on Opening Day.
The remaining four runs were all scored in the first inning. Washington
starter Stephen Strasburg and former National Dan Haren each settled down
after the rough frame.
"Every time out I want to go as deep as I can and keep it close," Strasburg
Strasburg (3-2) pitched into the eighth inning, but was done after Dee Gordon
led off with a bunt single and Hanley Ramirez drew a one-out walk. Jerry
Blevins relieved Strasburg and Adrian Gonzalez popped out in foul territory
before Yasiel Puig lined out to center field against Tyler Clippard.
Rafael Soriano tossed a flawless ninth to earn his seventh save.
Haren (4-1) absorbed his first loss of the season after allowing three
runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings.
"Besides the first inning I held them down," Haren said.
Rain delayed the start of the series finale for one hour, 40 minutes, and both
starters took a little time to round into form.
Strasburg gave up four straight one-out singles in the first, with Gonzalez
and Puig each driving in a run. Puig was back in the Dodgers' lineup after
missing two games following a collision with the wall in Miami on Sunday.
The Nationals quickly countered in their first at-bat. Denard Span led off
with a single and Jayson Werth hit a one-out double before Adam LaRoche tied
the game with a single to right field.
Ramos then doubled and Ian Desmond walked to load the bases, but Haren struck
out Danny Espinosa and retired Kevin Frandsen on a popup to avoid further
The score remained the same until the fifth, when Washington loaded the bases
and Span hustled home on Ramos' fly ball to right.
Strasburg allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out six ... Haren pitched
for the Nationals last season, going 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA ... Soriano has
tossed 25 consecutive scoreless innings ... The Nationals optioned pitcher
Blake Treinen to Triple-A Syracuse to open a roster spot for Ramos.
05/07 21:20:10 ET