Los Angeles at Washington

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L.A. Dodgers (31-22)010002100481
Washington (22-32) «20103005x11140

Nationals 11, Dodgers 4

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WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals were thrilled to finally face a pitcher they could handle.

After being shut out by former All-Star game starters Brad Penny and Derek Lowe the previous two games, the Nationals broke out of their slump against Mark Hendrickson in an 11-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday night.

Ryan Zimmerman led the charge as one of four Nationals with at least two RBI. He went 2-for-4 with a first-inning home run, a double and four RBI.

"We faced two good pitchers in Penny and Lowe, and just being able to score first and kind of put the pressure on them felt better than anything else," Zimmerman said.

Dmitri Young went had four hits, and Ryan Church homered to help Washington avoid a three-game sweep.

The Nationals' offense had been dormant during the first two games of the series. Washington mustered a total of nine hits the previous two nights while being outscored a combined 15-0, but had 14 hits in the series finale.

"We're not playing American Legion baseball here or Division III college," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "These guys can play. You might ... hold somebody down for a little bit, but sooner or later they're going to bust out, and tonight they busted out on the L.A. Dodgers."

Washington wasted no time jumping on Hendrickson and ending its 19-inning scoreless streak.

Cristian Guzman doubled down the left-field line with one out in the bottom of the first, and Zimmerman followed by hitting a hanging breaking ball over the left-field fence for his seventh home run of the season.

Micah Bowie (2-2), who gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings in his third start of the season, was grateful for the early run support, but it didn't help him relax.

"That was one of those things where we hadn't scored in two days. We had to hold the lead," Bowie said.

Russell Martin trimmed the lead to 2-1 in the top of the second when he hit a ball over the 410-foot marker in center. It was Martin's second home run in as many games.

The Nationals increased their lead to 6-1 in the fifth and chased Hendrickson (2-3). He gave up five runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings and has lost three straight decisions.

"I was fighting mechanics a little bit and wasn't executing my pitches the way I would like to have," he said. "It seemed like the harder I fought, the worse I got."

The Dodgers scored twice in the top of the sixth and again in the seventh to make it 6-4, but Washington broke the game open with five runs in the eighth.

After Felipe Lopez and Guzman walked, Zimmerman lined a double off Jonathan Broxton to make it 8-4. Kearns followed with a single that scored Zimmerman, and after Rudy Seanez came on in relief, Church hit a homer to right-center to make it 11-4.

The Nationals had better savor the offensive splurge: San Diego ace Jake Peavy takes the mound against Washington on Friday night.

"Hopefully we can keep this going," Zimmerman said.

Notes

Rafael Furcal went 0-for-4 with a walk for Los Angeles, ending his hit streak at a career-high-tying 15 games. ... Young had four hits for the first time since Opening Day 2005, when he hit three home runs for Detroit. ... The Dodgers' opposing scoreless streak ended at 21 innings, the team's longest since May 2004. ... Brazoban, a right-hander, left after facing three batters with soreness in his left shoulder.

 
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Players of the Game
Washington

R. Zimmerman
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Los Angeles

L. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4000102 .302
Juan Pierre, CF4100002 .276
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B4011000 .288
Jeff Kent, 2B4000002 .273
Luis Gonzalez, LF4021000 .291
Russell Martin, C3111113 .303
Andy LaRoche, 3B2010011 .216
    Brett Tomko, P0000000 .000
   a- Wilson Betemit, PH1110000 .193
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
   b- Brady Clark, PH0000100 .234
Andre Ethier, RF4010013 .272
Mark Hendrickson, P1000010 .000
    Yhency Brazoban, P0000000 .000
    Tony Abreu, 3B2111001 .273
Totals3348434  
a-doubled for Tomko in the 7th
b-walked for Seanez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Luis Gonzalez (8, Rauch), Wilson Betemit (5, Colome), Tony Abreu (2, Bowie)
HR - Russell Martin (5, Bowie)
SF - Tony Abreu (1)
RBI - Nomar Garciaparra (32), Luis Gonzalez (20), Russell Martin (37), Tony Abreu (1)
2-OUT RBI - Luis Gonzalez (7), Russell Martin (15)
CS - Andy LaRoche (1, 2nd base by Bowie/Schneider)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Yhency Brazoban (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Mark Hendrickson (L,2-3) 4.1855131 4.17
Yhency Brazoban0110100 16.20
Brett Tomko 1.2200030 5.66
Joe Beimel 1000000 3.75
Jonathan Broxton 0.2244220 2.89
Rudy Seanez 0.1111001 3.08
IBB - Church by Yhency Brazoban
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Hendrickson 76-49, Yhency Brazoban 13-6, Brett Tomko 23-17, Joe Beimel 6-4, Jonathan Broxton 25-15, Rudy Seanez 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Hendrickson 6-4, Yhency Brazoban 1-0, Joe Beimel 2-1
Batters Faced - Mark Hendrickson 22, Yhency Brazoban 3, Brett Tomko 7, Joe Beimel 3, Jonathan Broxton 6, Rudy Seanez 2
Washington Nationals
Felipe Lopez, 2B4100111 .254
Cristian Guzman, SS4330100 .289
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4324111 .247
Dmitri Young, 1B4141000 .309
    Robert Fick, PR-1B1000011 .190
Austin Kearns, RF4212003 .254
Ryan Church, LF4122111 .266
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
Brian Schneider, C5012002 .233
Nook Logan, CF4010022 .237
Micah Bowie, P2000012 .143
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Langerhans, PH-LF1000010 .148
Totals3711141148  
a-struck out for Rauch in the 8th
Batting
2B - Cristian Guzman (2, Hendrickson), Ryan Zimmerman (13, Broxton)
HR - Ryan Zimmerman (7, Hendrickson), Ryan Church (6, Seanez)
SF - Austin Kearns (2)
SH - Micah Bowie (1)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman 4 (26), Dmitri Young (24), Austin Kearns 2 (22), Ryan Church 2 (27), Brian Schneider 2 (21)
2-OUT RBI - Austin Kearns (12), Ryan Church 2 (16)
Team LOB - 8
Washington Nationals
Micah Bowie (W,2-2) 5.1333221 4.11
Saul Rivera 0.1200000 3.90
Jesus Colome (H,4) 1.1211000 2.31
Jon Rauch (H,9) 1100010 5.27
Chad Cordero 1000110 2.96
Pitches-Strikes - Micah Bowie 78-48, Saul Rivera 9-6, Jesus Colome 28-16, Jon Rauch 13-12, Chad Cordero 22-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Micah Bowie 6-7, Jesus Colome 2-2, Jon Rauch 1-1, Chad Cordero 2-0
Batters Faced - Micah Bowie 20, Saul Rivera 3, Jesus Colome 6, Jon Rauch 4, Chad Cordero 4
Game Information
Attendance - 20982
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Chris Guccione