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Washington at Los Angeles

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Washington (58-75)100100100382
L.A. Dodgers (69-63) «02100010x480

Dodgers 4, Nationals 3

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LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier went 0-for-3 and still managed to win another close game for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jeff Kent homered, Ethier's sacrifice fly broke a seventh-inning tie and the Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 Tuesday night for their third consecutive victory.

The Dodgers, just 12-14 in August, moved within 4½ games of the NL West-leading Diamondbacks, the closest they've been to the lead since before play Aug. 8.

"I go without a hit, but I was able to contribute," Ethier said. "It reminds you that you can win close ballgames. It's going to set us up for what's to come."

Chad Billingsley (9-4) won his second in a row, allowing three runs on eight hits in seven innings. The right-hander struck out six, walked one and was helped by three double plays.

"It was a tight game and we were able to push across a couple of runs," he said. "I try not to think too much -- just pitch my game and believe in myself."

Takashi Saito pitched a perfect ninth for the third consecutive game, earning his 36th save in 39 chances.

The Nationals tied the game at 3 on pinch-hitter Tony Batista's first homer of the season in the seventh.

"It was a great feeling, especially because he hit it to the opposite field, which is not his strength. He's usually a pull hitter," Washington manager Manny Acta said. "But Tony's been tremendous for us. It's too bad that it got lost in this ballgame, but it's nice to see that the power is there and that he continues to go out there and give us quality at-bats."

The Dodgers loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning when pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney doubled off Chris Schroder (1-1), Rafael Furcal walked and Juan Pierre reached on a fielding error by shortstop Felipe Lopez. He tried to scoop up the ground ball left-handed, but it jumped past him near second base.

"We're still dead-last in the major leagues in runs scored, so we needed our defense and our bullpen," Acta said. "Unfortunately, these last few days it hasn't been there."

Ethier followed with his sacrifice fly to center field off Ray King to score Sweeney with the go-ahead run.

The Dodgers loaded the bases a second time, but Luis Gonzalez grounded to second to end the inning.

The Nationals got a two-out RBI double by Dmitri Young in the first and a sacrifice fly by Brian Schneider in the fourth while losing their fifth in a row overall and fifth straight at Dodger Stadium.

Shea Hillenbrand's two-run single to left field in the second gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. His showy diving catch also robbed Schneider of a hit in the seventh. Kent hit his team-leading 17th homer into the left field pavilion with two out in the third for a 3-1 lead and his 70th RBI.

"The veterans you lean on, especially at the end of the year," Sweeney said.

Washington starter Jason Bergmann allowed three runs on six hits in six innings, walked one and struck out one.

"It was a battle the whole time," he said. "I really didn't have very good command of my off-speed stuff, but the fastball was there and when I needed it I could go to it. I'm disappointed about giving up the home run to Kent. I didn't want to do that, but I didn't have to hang a curve ball, either."

Notes

Pierre went 0-for-4 to end his 15-game hitting streak. ... The Nationals lost by one run for the second straight game. ... Batista had the third pinch-hit homer of his career. ... Acting couple Courteney Cox and David Arquette attended the game with team owners Frank and Jamie McCourt, who recently bought the Arquettes' Malibu home.
 
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Players of the Game
Washington

D. Young
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Los Angeles

S. Hillenbrand
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Washington Nationals
Nook Logan, CF4010020 .272
Felipe Lopez, SS4120001 .242
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4000011 .271
Dmitri Young, 1B3021100 .337
Austin Kearns, RF3010001 .265
Ryan Church, LF3000021 .259
Ronnie Belliard, 2B3110004 .279
    D'Angelo Jimenez, 2B1000000 .140
Brian Schneider, C2001000 .227
   a- Wily Mo Pena, PH1000010 .225
Jason Bergmann, P2000020 .111
   b- Tony Batista, PH1111000 .280
    Chris Schroder, P0000000 .000
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
Totals3138318  
a-struck out for Schneider in the 9th
b-homered for Bergmann in the 7th
Batting
2B - Dmitri Young (35, Billingsley)
3B - Ronnie Belliard (1, Billingsley)
HR - Tony Batista (1, Billingsley)
SF - Brian Schneider (6)
RBI - Dmitri Young (71), Brian Schneider (42), Tony Batista (15)
2-OUT RBI - Dmitri Young (30)
SB - Felipe Lopez (21, 2nd base off Billingsley/Martin)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Bergmann-F. Lopez-Young
E - Jason Bergmann (1, Throwing), Felipe Lopez (15, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
Jason Bergmann 6633111 4.56
Chris Schroder (L,1-1) 0.1110100 2.50
Ray King 0.1000000 4.64
Saul Rivera 1.1100200 3.61
HBP - Martin (by Jason Bergmann)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Bergmann 45-31, Chris Schroder 14-6, Ray King 8-1, Saul Rivera 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Bergmann 5-11, Ray King 1-1, Saul Rivera 3-0
Batters Faced - Jason Bergmann 25, Chris Schroder 3, Ray King 2, Saul Rivera 6
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS3000102 .281
Juan Pierre, CF4000000 .289
Andre Ethier, RF-LF3001010 .292
Jeff Kent, 2B3221100 .290
Luis Gonzalez, LF4010004 .278
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Russell Martin, C2110101 .296
James Loney, 1B4010002 .301
Shea Hillenbrand, 3B4022001 .251
Chad Billingsley, P1000001 .091
   a- Mark Sweeney, PH1110000 .255
    Matt Kemp, RF0000100 .333
Totals2948441  
a-doubled for Billingsley in the 7th
Batting
2B - Russell Martin (28, Rivera), Mark Sweeney (9, Schroder)
HR - Jeff Kent (17, Bergmann)
SF - Andre Ethier (7)
SH - Chad Billingsley (4)
RBI - Andre Ethier (54), Jeff Kent (70), Shea Hillenbrand 2 (28)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Kent (20)
SB - Russell Martin (21, 2nd base off Bergmann/Schneider)
CS - Russell Martin (6, Home by Rivera/Schneider)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Kent-Furcal-Loney, Kent-Furcal-Loney, Kent-Furcal-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley (W,9-4) 7833161 3.50
Jonathan Broxton (H,27) 1000000 2.22
Takashi Saito (S,36) 1000020 1.36
IBB - Young by Chad Billingsley
HBP - Kearns (by Chad Billingsley), Church (by Chad Billingsley)
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 99-60, Jonathan Broxton 8-7, Takashi Saito 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 4-8, Jonathan Broxton 1-2
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 29, Jonathan Broxton 3, Takashi Saito 3
Game Information
Attendance - 49698
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Paul Emmel