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All four homers -- Morse hit No. 26 in the sixth inning -- came against Hiroki Kuroda (11-15), who entered with a career-high four-game winning streak. The right-hander had a season-high nine strikeouts, but gave up five runs and eight hits in six innings.
Lannan (9-11), who had lost his previous four starts, allowed one run and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Collin Balester, Tom Gorzelanny, Tyler Clippard and Sean Burnett combined for the final 3 2/3 innings.
Morse drove in three runs and was one of five Nationals with two hits. The first baseman-outfielder leads the team in home runs, average (.315) and RBI (82).
"Over the course of my career I've hit behind some pretty good hitters. Mike is having a big year," said Werth, who often followed Ryan Howard and Chase Utley in Philadelphia's lineup before signing with the Nationals last winter.
"When I signed here he was one of the guys I really liked and thought he had a chance to be a really good player. He's really done a good job this year and turned himself into a force to be reckoned with and a guy going forward who's going to be a pillar in this organization."
Kuroda had never allowed three or more home runs in the same game, let alone the same inning. The four-year veteran threw 114 pitches.
"Usually, when you don't pitch good, it's that first inning," Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said. "[Kuroda] got himself into a groove and pitched well after that. He gave us some chances to kind of creep back in."
Lack of run support was a factor in Lannan's skid as the Nationals scored a combined five runs in that stretch. They nearly generated that output in the first inning against Los Angeles.
"They kind of had the momentum right there in the first inning," said Desmond, who has two leadoff home runs in the last three games. "It was nice for us to answer back and then continue to keep it going the rest of the game. That's something we haven't done this year."
After Rick Ankiel singled and Ryan Zimmerman's fly ball was caught at the wall, Morse's drive cleared the fence in left. Werth followed with another shot to left, also on a slider, for the fourth set of back-to-back home runs by the Nationals this season.
"I didn't have my slider in the first inning, or throughout the game," Kuroda said through an interpreter.
Los Angeles put two on with no outs in the fourth inning but Russ Mitchell grounded into a double play that nearly was a triple play, and Tony Gwynn Jr. flied out to left to end the inning.
"I felt pretty good. A little hiccup there in the first, but I settled down after they scored," said Lannan, who threw 27 of his 94 pitches in the first inning. "It's always a little bit of a comfort when you can go out there and just try and get ahead knowing that you have a lead."
Justin Sellers hit an RBI double in the ninth for Los Angeles.
Ankiel doubled in Desmond in the seventh, and Wilson Ramos had an RBI single in the eighth.
|Michael Morse connects for his 26th homer of the season in the sixth inning of Washington's win over the Dodgers. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Dee Gordon, SS||5||0||0||0||0||3||3||.265|
|Jamey Carroll, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.287|
|Josh Lindblom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ramon Troncoso, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Kemp, CF||4||0||1||1||0||2||0||.320|
|Juan Rivera, RF||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.256|
|Aaron Miles, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.282|
|Russ Mitchell, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.156|
|a- James Loney, PH-1B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.278|
|Tony Gwynn Jr., LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.255|
|A.J. Ellis, C||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.281|
|Hiroki Kuroda, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.113|
|b- Justin Sellers, PH-2B||2||0||1||1||0||0||1||.250|
|a-singled for Mitchell in the 6th|
|b-popped out for Kuroda in the 7th|
|2B - Jamey Carroll (14, Lannan), Matt Kemp (27, Lannan), A.J. Ellis (1, Burnett), Justin Sellers (6, Burnett)|
|RBI - Matt Kemp (106), Justin Sellers (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Justin Sellers (5)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Aaron Miles (7, Misplayed grounder)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Hiroki Kuroda (L,11-15)||6||8||5||5||0||9||4||3.18|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 114-74, Josh Lindblom 17-10, Ramon Troncoso 22-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 5-4, Ramon Troncoso 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 26, Josh Lindblom 5, Ramon Troncoso 6|
|Ian Desmond, SS||5||2||2||1||0||2||2||.244|
|Rick Ankiel, RF||4||1||2||1||0||2||0||.242|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.289|
|Michael Morse, LF||4||2||2||3||0||0||1||.315|
|Jayson Werth, CF||4||2||1||1||0||0||0||.231|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||4||1||.231|
|Chris Marrero, 1B||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.281|
|Tyler Clippard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jonny Gomes, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.210|
|Sean Burnett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Wilson Ramos, C||4||0||2||1||0||1||2||.260|
|John Lannan, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.093|
|Collin Balester, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tom Gorzelanny, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.111|
|Alex Cora, 1B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.223|
|a-grounded out for Clippard in the 8th|
|2B - Rick Ankiel (16, Lindblom), Wilson Ramos (20, Kuroda), Alex Cora (6, Troncoso)|
|HR - Ian Desmond (7, Kuroda), Michael Morse 2 (26, Kuroda, Kuroda), Jayson Werth (18, Kuroda)|
|RBI - Ian Desmond (39), Rick Ankiel (31), Michael Morse 3 (82), Jayson Werth (52), Wilson Ramos (42)|
|2-OUT RBI - Wilson Ramos (11)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Zimmerman-Espinosa|
|E - Danny Espinosa (13, Throwing)|
|John Lannan (W,9-11)||5.1||5||1||1||2||4||0||3.48|
|Collin Balester (H,1)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.64|
|Tom Gorzelanny (H,1)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||4.35|
|Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 94-61, Collin Balester 9-5, Tom Gorzelanny 14-12, Tyler Clippard 27-19, Sean Burnett 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 6-5, Sean Burnett 2-1|
|Batters Faced - John Lannan 22, Collin Balester 2, Tom Gorzelanny 4, Tyler Clippard 4, Sean Burnett 5|
|Attendance - 25518|
|Game Time - 3:00|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Tom Hallion|