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Dodgers 5, Nationals 4

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LOS ANGELES -- With Derek Lowe on the mound earlier in the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers struggled to get him some offense. Now the runs are coming.

Lowe won despite giving up a season-high three homers, Ramon Martinez hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly and the Dodgers gained ground in the NL West with a 5-4 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night.

Los Angeles closed within 5½ games of division-leading Arizona and remained 3½ games back of San Diego in the wild-card race.

"There's no doubt we're in a pretty tough situation and we have to win every series from here on out," Lowe said.

The Dodgers trailed 4-2 before they scored three runs in the sixth inning, capped by Martinez's sacrifice fly.

"That's the baseball gods' way of paying him back," Dodgers manager Grady Little said about Lowe. "We scored the runs after he was out of there. Getting the hits at the right time is the key. The Los Angeles Dodgers are still fighting for something."

Lowe (11-11) gave up three homers in a game for the first time in more than two years. The right-hander allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out five and walked one for his third consecutive win.

"I wasn't very good," he said. "The offense picked me up. At this point in the season, it doesn't really matter how you win. We need a lot of wins."

Takashi Saito pitched the ninth for his 35th save in 38 chances.

Mike Bacsik (5-8) allowed three consecutive singles to open the sixth, with all three runners scoring. The left-hander gave up five runs and nine hits in five-plus innings, struck out two and walked two in his second start since rejoining the rotation last week after being demoted to the bullpen.

"I was a little disappointed because we had the game where we wanted it," said Bacsik, who gave up Barry Bonds' record-breaking 756th homer three weeks ago. "It's tough, but I fought and battled with what I had and just came out on the wrong end. I didn't have my best stuff."

Russell Martin and James Loney had consecutive RBI singles in the sixth that tied it at 4. Then Martinez's fly ball to center gave the Dodgers a 5-4 lead -- their first since the first inning.

The Nationals, who lost their fourth in a row, took a 3-2 lead in the second on homers by Dmitri Young and Wily Mo Pena, who had a two-run shot. Lowe gave up hits to four of the first five batters he faced in the inning.

"He was battling, trying to get the ball down and making mistakes," Russell said about Lowe. "He only left a couple up and the ones he did were out of there."

Pena homered after fouling the ball off his left foot on the previous pitch. He winced in pain hobbling around the bases, then left in the bottom half and was replaced by Ryan Church. Pena was diagnosed with a contusion on his foot and is day to day.

"I knew I was hurt, but I pretended like nothing happened. Then when I walked around, I couldn't do anything," he said. "So I stepped back in there, saw another two-seamer and I just hit it. I tried to put my foot down, but I couldn't put any weight on it, so I had to start jumping to first base because I was hurt."

The Nationals extended their lead to 4-2 in the fifth with Ryan Zimmerman's 20th homer on the first pitch from Lowe.

Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent was in the starting lineup a day after getting hit by a pitch near his ear against the New York Mets.

Notes

CF Juan Pierre stole his 52nd base in the first, the most by a Dodger since Steve Sax swiped 56 in 1983. He also went 2-for-4 to extend his season-high hitting streak to 15 games. ... The Nationals lost their sixth in a row to the Dodgers dating to last season. ... Lowe gave up three homers in a game for the first time since Aug. 16, 2005, against the Atlanta Braves. ... Former Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton, the franchise leader in wins with 233 and now a broadcaster for the Nationals, threw out the first pitch.

 
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Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Washington

D. Young
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Washington Nationals
Felipe Lopez, SS4010001 .240
Nook Logan, CF4000020 .272
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3111100 .273
Dmitri Young, 1B4121001 .335
Austin Kearns, RF4110032 .265
Wily Mo Pena, LF1112000 .226
    Ryan Church, LF3000010 .261
Ronnie Belliard, 2B3010110 .278
Brian Schneider, C4010002 .229
Mike Bacsik Jr., P2000012 .111
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
   a- Jesus Flores, PH1000010 .229
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
Totals3348429  
a-struck out for King in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brian Schneider (17, Lowe)
HR - Ryan Zimmerman (22, Lowe), Dmitri Young (13, Lowe), Wily Mo Pena (9, Lowe)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (77), Dmitri Young (70), Wily Mo Pena 2 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (27)
CS - Felipe Lopez (8, 2nd base by Lowe/Martin)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - F. Lopez-Belliard, Belliard-F. Lopez-Young
E - Nook Logan (1, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
Mike Bacsik Jr. (L,5-8) 5955220 4.82
Jesus Colome (BS,2) 0.1100000 2.60
Ray King 0.2000010 4.68
Luis Ayala 1000000 2.76
Jon Rauch 1000010 4.04
WP - Mike Bacsik Jr. (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Bacsik Jr. 91-56, Jesus Colome 5-3, Ray King 8-5, Luis Ayala 6-4, Jon Rauch 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Bacsik Jr. 6-5, Jon Rauch 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Bacsik Jr. 24, Jesus Colome 2, Ray King 2, Luis Ayala 3, Jon Rauch 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS3110111 .283
Juan Pierre, CF4120001 .292
Matt Kemp, RF4010002 .333
Jeff Kent, 2B3111000 .287
Andre Ethier, LF4121001 .294
Russell Martin, C3121110 .295
James Loney, 1B4011013 .302
Ramon Martinez, 3B2001001 .190
Derek Lowe, P2000011 .122
   a- Luis Gonzalez, PH1000001 .278
    Mark Hendrickson, P0000000 .038
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Totals30510524  
a-flied out for Lowe in the 6th
Batting
SF - Jeff Kent (6), Ramon Martinez (5)
RBI - Jeff Kent (69), Andre Ethier (53), Russell Martin (75), James Loney (31), Ramon Martinez (25)
2-OUT RBI - Andre Ethier (17)
SB - Juan Pierre (52, 3rd base off Bacsik/Schneider)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Loney-Furcal-Saito
Los Angeles Dodgers
Derek Lowe (W,11-11) 6744153 3.56
Mark Hendrickson (H,1) 1000010 5.04
Scott Proctor (H,13) 1000120 4.08
Takashi Saito (S,35) 1100010 1.38
WP - Scott Proctor (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 93-63, Mark Hendrickson 8-7, Scott Proctor 24-15, Takashi Saito 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 10-2, Mark Hendrickson 1-1, Takashi Saito 1-0
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 25, Mark Hendrickson 3, Scott Proctor 4, Takashi Saito 3
Game Information
Attendance - 46944
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Ron Kulpa