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Dunn slams two three-run homers for victorious Nationals

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LOS ANGELES -- Adam Dunn was one of the biggest commodities on the trade market before last Saturday's non-waiver deadline and still could be dealt this season.

Whatever happens, he was in a Washington Nationals uniform Friday night, and that led to serious trouble for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Dunn hit a pair of three-run homers off Clayton Kershaw, tying a career high for RBI and leading the Nationals to a 6-3 victory.

Nationals at Dodgers

"Adam Dunn is obviously a very strong hitter and he's got as much power as anyone in the game, so he can hit pitches that aren't necessarily hitter's pitches and still drive them out," Dodgers catcher Brad Ausmus said. "You'd certainly like to have him in the lineup. Either way, I wish somebody had claimed him and he wasn't playing for the Nationals tonight."

The non-roster trading deadline definitely was a pitchers market, and none of the high-profile sluggers in the majors changed teams. So general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Jim Riggleman are glad they still have a dangerous cleanup hitter.

"We value Adam so highly, it's going to take a lot for somebody to come in and get him," Riggleman said. "As Mike said, any offer he gets is going to have to overwhelm him -- and nothing overwhelmed him."

The Nationals got the jump on Kershaw (10-7) in the first when Dunn pulled a 3-2 pitch an estimated 460 feet and just inside the right-field foul pole after a single by Ian Desmond and a walk to Ryan Zimmerman.

Two innings later, Desmond drew a leadoff walk, Zimmerman singled and Dunn pulled an 0-1 delivery off the bottom of the screen attached to the pole for his 30th homer and 29th career multihomer game.

"The second home run I hit was pure good luck on my part, to be honest," Dunn said. "It was a great pitch and just a terrible swing. I mean, my butt was out to there, but I just got the barrel to it."

Dunn, the only left-handed bat in Washington's starting lineup besides pitcher John Lannan, has five multihomer games this year and a league-best 60 extra-base hits. It's his seventh consecutive season with 30 or more homers. Dunn's other six-RBI game was on May 24, 2009, when he hit two homers against Baltimore - including a go-ahead grand slam.

"That's how home runs come for me -- in bunches," said Dunn, who has six in his last six games. "I mean, I'll go three weeks and not hit one, and then I'll go a week where I hit five or six of them. That's the story of my life."

Lannan (3-5) allowed three runs and five hits over six innings in his second start since returning from a six-week stint with Double-A Harrisburg. It was the left-hander's first victory with the big league club since May 28 at San Diego.

Drew Storen pitched a hitless ninth for his first major league save and the Nationals' second since trading closer Matt Capps to Minnesota on July 30.

Kershaw allowed seven hits in six innings and struck out nine. The 22-year-old lefty gave up two homers in a game for the fourth time in 74 major league starts, and first since April 26, 2009, at Colorado.

"Dunn's only up there looking to do one thing. When you fall behind in the count, it makes it easier for him to do," Kershaw said. "The home runs really don't bother me. They were solidly hit. What bothers me is that I put two runners on base ahead of them. Two solo home runs is something we can come back from. But digging a 6-0 hole makes it impossible to come back."

Kershaw came in with an opponents' batting average of .197 in home games since the start of the 2009 season, lowest in the majors.

"We were facing one of the best in the game tonight, and we knew coming in that it was going to be a tough task to score runs," said Dunn, who has seven hits in 11 career at-bats against Kershaw. "He's really good and he's only going to get better. Our goal was to kind of put pressure on him early. We had some great at-bats early and got his pitch count up a little bit."

The Dodgers sliced the deficit to 6-3 in the fourth. Ryan Theriot reached on a leadoff single before Andre Ethier connected for his 18th homer. Casey Blake added an RBI single after James Loney walked and advanced on a passed ball by 13-time Gold Glove winner Ivan Rodriguez.

The Nationals had a chance to score in the sixth, but Josh Willingham played it safe on Alberto Gonzalez's one-out fly ball to right fielder Ethier with two men in scoring position and the pitcher on deck. Kershaw then struck out Lannan.

Notes

  • Nationals assistant trainer Mike McGowen was struck on the right cheek by an overthrown ball that knocked him to the dugout floor during warmups before the bottom of the first inning. He then was led away to the clubhouse.
  • Nationals drawing card Stephen Strasburg, scheduled to return to the rotation on Tuesday after missing three turns because of stiffness in his right shoulder, will have a pitch limit of 90 against the Florida Marlins.
  • Former Dodgers and Montreal Expos general manager Kevin Malone turned 53 years old Friday.
  • The Nationals selected the contract of OF Kevin Mench from Triple-A Syracuse, a day after CF Nyjer Morgan was put on the 15-day disabled list because of a sore right hip.
  • The Dodgers and their Double-A Chattanooga club in the Southern League extended their player development contract through the 2014 season.
 
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Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw gives up two three-run shots and is saddled with the loss.  (AP)
Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw gives up two three-run shots and is saddled with the loss. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

A. Dunn
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 6
Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Justin Maxwell, CF4000141 .095
Ian Desmond, SS3220100 .263
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4210122 .300
Adam Dunn, 1B3226210 .280
    Drew Storen, P0000000 .500
Josh Willingham, LF4010012 .269
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
   a- Adam Kennedy, PH-1B1000012 .261
Michael Morse, RF4010010 .327
    Roger Bernadina, RF0000000 .277
Ivan Rodriguez, C3010000 .264
Alberto Gonzalez, 2B4010003 .294
John Lannan, P3000033 .069
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .500
    Willie Harris, LF1000001 .182
Totals34696513  
a-struck out for Burnett in the 9th
Batting
HR - Adam Dunn 2 (30, Kershaw, Kershaw)
SH - Ian Desmond (5), Ivan Rodriguez (2)
RBI - Adam Dunn 6 (77)
SB - Justin Maxwell (4, 2nd base off Jansen/Ausmus), Ian Desmond (10, 2nd base off Troncoso/Ausmus)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Desmond-Gonzalez-Dunn
PB - Ivan Rodriguez (2)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Lannan (W,3-5) 6532221 5.44
Tyler Clippard (H,19) 0.1000110 3.38
Sean Burnett (H,15) 1.2000010 2.68
Drew Storen (S,1) 1000100 2.31
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 92-59, Tyler Clippard 11-5, Sean Burnett 22-14, Drew Storen 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 7-8, Sean Burnett 2-2, Drew Storen 2-1
Batters Faced - John Lannan 24, Tyler Clippard 2, Sean Burnett 5, Drew Storen 4
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Scott Podsednik, LF4010021 .300
Ryan Theriot, 2B3120100 .284
Andre Ethier, RF4112002 .299
Matt Kemp, CF4000001 .262
James Loney, 1B3100100 .286
Casey Blake, 3B4011000 .249
Jamey Carroll, SS2000201 .277
Brad Ausmus, C3000022 .188
   a- Ronnie Belliard, PH1000001 .216
Clayton Kershaw, P2000000 .050
    Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
   b- Garret Anderson, PH1000001 .181
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
Totals3135344  
a-grounded out for Ausmus in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Jansen in the 7th
Batting
HR - Andre Ethier (18, Lannan)
RBI - Andre Ethier 2 (63), Casey Blake (42)
Team LOB - 5
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Kershaw (L,10-7) 6766292 3.19
Kenley Jansen 1000210 0.00
Ramon Troncoso 1.2200120 4.93
George Sherrill 0.1000010 6.58
IBB - Dunn by Kenley Jansen, Dunn by Ramon Troncoso
WP - Ramon Troncoso (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 107-66, Kenley Jansen 21-7, Ramon Troncoso 28-14, George Sherrill 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 6-3, Kenley Jansen 2-0, Ramon Troncoso 2-1
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 27, Kenley Jansen 5, Ramon Troncoso 8, George Sherrill 1
Game Information
Attendance - 39153
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Marvin Hudson