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Soriano stays put while Drew, Dodgers clobber Nationals

CBS wire reports

LOS ANGELES -- When Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson took Alfonso Soriano out of the game in the fifth inning for a pinch-hitter, the first thought on everyone's mind was that the superstar had finally been traded.

But there would be no farewell handshakes in the dugout between Soriano and his teammates -- at least not on Friday night. He was just taken out in a one-sided game.

J.D. Drew ended a 42-game home run drought with his third career grand slam and Cesar Izturis homered for the first time in exactly a year, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 13-1 rout of the Nationals.

The outburst was a welcome sight for the last-place Dodgers, who snapped an eight-game losing streak -- their longest since a 10-game slide in June 1992. They had lost 13 of their previous 14 games and were outscored 81-29 during that stretch.

"We know we're capable of scoring a lot of runs, and that's been the disheartening thing about all this losing," Drew said. "We've just come up against some tough pitching. But tonight was one of those situations where the guys came out and swung the bats early and put some runs on the board."

Andre Ethier added a two-run homer and Chad Billingsley (2-3) coasted to his first victory at Dodger Stadium, allowing a run and four hits over six innings. The right-hander, who has a 2.35 ERA over his past four starts, struck out five and walked five.

"It feels good to get us a 'W' after the way we've been struggling since the All-Star break," Billingsley said. "The offense came out great tonight coming off of a day off, and we really swung the bats well. The runs made it comfortable to pitch out there, but I still wanted to work on some things like getting ahead of the hitters and just attack the zone."

After spotting the Nationals a 1-0 lead on Brian Schneider 's RBI single in the second inning, the Dodgers responded with four in the bottom half.

"That's something you're not going to think about," Drew said. "You just keep trying to do the little things at the plate. And if you get the right mentality and you're in the right focus, hopefully things pay off in the long run."

Tony Armas Jr. (7-6) lasted only three innings, giving up six runs and seven hits in his third start since coming off the disabled list.

"He just wasn't very good tonight, for whatever reason," Robinson said. "He didn't locate his pitches very well. There's no excuse. You don't look for excuses in this one. There are bare facts, right out in front of you.

"He has great stuff, but you just wonder why it is that he can't consistently go out there and put that good stuff to use. He seems to want to throw, rather than pitch, and all he does is get himself in more and more trouble by doing that."

The Nationals came into the game with a season-high six-game winning streak, so the trade talk surrounding Soriano hasn't been a distraction to his teammates -- or to him.

"I think at this point, it's been going on for so long now that we're getting kind of used to it," Daryle Ward said. "I mean, if it doesn't bother him, then it doesn't bother us. He's going out there and doing his job. He's got a pretty good attitude about everything. He enjoys his teammates and he plays hard. He's been great for us, and we would hate to see him go."

Izturis increased the margin to 6-1 in the third with his first home run since July 28, 2005. Drew broke the game open in the fourth with his first grand slam since Sept, 3, 2003, driving a first-pitch fastball deep into the right field seats after reliever Roy Corcoran walked his first two batters and gave up a single to Kenny Lofton. It ended a drought of 168 plate appearances between homers for the right fielder, who hit a career-high 31 with Atlanta in 2004.


  • The Dodgers activated right-hander Brett Tomko, who was sidelined since June 24 because of strained oblique muscle in his left side. Tomko will replace the traded Danys Baez in the bullpen.
  • Washington traded left-hander Mike Stanton to San Francisco for 19-year-old right-hander Shairon Martis.
  • Friday was the 15th anniversary of the only perfect game in the 38-year history of the Washington/Montreal franchise, when Dennis Martinez pitched the Expos to a 2-0 victory at Dodger Stadium.
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J.D. Drew rounds the bases after his fourth-inning grand slam, his first home run since June 1.  (AP)
J.D. Drew rounds the bases after his fourth-inning grand slam, his first home run since June 1. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Drew
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

D. Ward
AB 2
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Washington Nationals
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   a- Robert Fick, PH-RF3000003 .241
Felipe Lopez, SS3000100 .264
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B2000001 .289
    Damian Jackson, 3B2000020 .206
Nick Johnson, 1B1000110 .304
    Daryle Ward, 1B2020000 .313
Austin Kearns, RF1100112 .272
    Bernie Castro, LF-2B2000012 .000
Marlon Anderson, 2B3010000 .265
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
   b- Alex Escobar, PH1000000 .419
Ryan Church, CF3010112 .241
Brian Schneider, C4021000 .227
Tony J. Armas, P1000002 .097
    Roy Corcoran, P0000100 .000
    Luis Matos, LF2000001 .206
a-grounded into a double play for Soriano in the 5th
b-grounded out for Rivera in the 9th
RBI - Brian Schneider (34)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Schneider (14)
SB - Felipe Lopez (27, 2nd base off Billingsley/Martin)
CS - Alfonso Soriano (9, 2nd base by Billingsley/Martin)
Team LOB - 9
DP - N. Johnson-F. Lopez
E - Damian Jackson (7, ), Felipe Lopez (18, ), Daryle Ward (1, )
Washington Nationals
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Roy Corcoran 2465321 14.73
Saul Rivera 3110130 4.61
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WP - Saul Rivera (2)
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Batters Faced - Tony J. Armas 17, Roy Corcoran 15, Saul Rivera 13
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS3210221 .276
Kenny Lofton, CF5111010 .291
J.D. Drew, RF3114102 .278
    Jose Cruz Jr., LF0000100 .231
Olmedo Saenz, 1B3111000 .295
Andre Ethier, LF4222013 .347
    Brett Tomko, P0000000 .120
   a- Ricky Ledee, PH1000002 .277
    Giovanni Carrara, P0000000 .000
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
Russell Martin, C5331002 .294
Cesar Izturis, 3B5222001 .250
Ramon Martinez, 2B5011001 .304
Chad Billingsley, P2100122 .083
   b- Jason Repko, PH-RF2000011 .284
a-flied out for Tomko in the 7th
b-struck out for Billingsley in the 6th
3B - Andre Ethier (3, Corcoran)
HR - J.D. Drew (10, Corcoran), Andre Ethier (9, Armas), Cesar Izturis (1, Armas)
RBI - Kenny Lofton (22), J.D. Drew 4 (58), Olmedo Saenz (38), Andre Ethier 2 (38), Russell Martin (40), Cesar Izturis 2 (11), Ramon Martinez (21)
2-OUT RBI - Cesar Izturis 2 (5)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Furcal-Saenz
Los Angeles Dodgers
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Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 111-59, Brett Tomko 8-5, Giovanni Carrara 14-10, Elmer Dessens 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 8-3, Giovanni Carrara 1-1, Elmer Dessens 2-1
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 25, Brett Tomko 3, Giovanni Carrara 4, Elmer Dessens 5
Game Information
Attendance - 55825
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Brian O'Nora