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Gwynn's late double lifts Dodgers of Nationals

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WASHINGTON -- Here are three words for which the Los Angeles Dodgers can be thankful: sunny Southern California.

After this week, the Washington Nationals might want to move there, too.

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The Dodgers completed a series win over the Nationals on Thursday, but what a messy trip it was to the nation's capital. It rained Tuesday, nearly ruining Stephen Strasburg's comeback game. It rained Wednesday. It rained Thursday. OK, Monday was fine, but that seems like a long time ago.

Somewhere in between, there were three games played, including a 7-4 Dodgers win Thursday afternoon before another round of torrents canceled the second game of a doubleheader.

Oh, and did we mention that the Nationals have also recently experienced hurricane-related weather and an earthquake -- the latter of which is actually much more common in Dodgerland?

"It's been a pretty active weather season," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said, "when you talk about earthquakes, hurricanes and downpour of rains for days and days at a time."

The doubleheader was necessitated because Wednesday's game was postponed after four hours of on-again, off-again drama involving the Major League Baseball front office, which would prefer to see every team play a full 162 games.

But postponed it was, so the teams returned Thursday to try to play two. They got the first one in, but the second one won't be made up unless it's needed at the end of the season to determine a playoff race, an unlikely scenario.

"You're going to try and play the games," Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said. "I don't think they like not playing 162. Both of us, it doesn't look like we're going be making any noise in the playoffs. If it doesn't mean anything, I'm sure we won't be flying back in here. ... I hope we have to. That would be great, actually."

In the game that was played, Tony Gwynn had a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning after the Dodgers bullpen bailed out starter Chad Billingsley.

Billingsley got out of a jam after walking the bases loaded in the second, but he gave up five hits in a four-run third that tied the game. Then he was gone - his shortest start in more than two years.

"We gave him some runs early -- then he walks three guys in one inning," Mattingly said. "Got to locate. I don't care who you are - you've got to locate."

The relievers came through with 6 2/3 hitless innings. Mike MacDougal (3-1), the Dodgers' sixth pitcher, worked the eighth for the win. Javy Guerra pitched the ninth for his 16th save.

"The guys threw the ball extremely well out of the bullpen," Billingsley said. "They've been throwing up some good innings. That's the game right there."

Gwynn drove in Jerry Sands and Rod Barajas with a long double to center off Drew Storen (6-3). Dee Gordon added a run-scoring single -- setting a career high with his fourth hit of the game.

Juan Rivera hit two-run doubles in the first and third off Chien-Ming Wang to give the Dodgers the early lead.

"We only had a couple of guys that faced Chien-Ming before and Juan was one of them. [His numbers] jumped at me so I had to keep him in there," Mattingly said.

Wang worked six innings -- allowing four runs and seven hits -- in his eighth start since returning from shoulder surgery.

"I was very pleased. He was strong at the end," Washington manager Davey Johnson said. "I'm not going to go too much longer with him. He's making progress."

The Nationals' runs in the third came on RBI doubles from Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse and Jayson Werth's two-run home run.

When it was over, the Dodgers headed for a weekend series in San Francisco, where sunshine is in the forecast. The Nationals will stay home -- where thunderstorms are possible, seemingly indefinitely.

"It's just been weird," Storen said. "It's part of the job. You can't control the weather."

Notes

  • Dodgers OF Andre Ethier was shut down for the season. He'll get his ailing right knee examined by Dr. James Andrews. "I'm just trying to figure this whole thing out right now and figure out a way to get it better where it won't affect me for spring training," Ethier said. Ethier had a 30-game hitting streak -- the second longest in team history and the second longest in the major leagues this season.
  • Johnson said he was resting 2B Danny Espinosa , who this week set a team record with seven straight strikeouts, because he was mentally tired. Stephen Lombardozzi got his first major league start.
  • C Ivan Rodriguez , who was on the disabled list for nearly two months with an oblique strain, will be limited to pinch-hitting for the remainder of the season. Johnson wants to see more of Wilson Ramos and Jesus Flores .
  • Nats prospect Bryce Harper , who has a strained hamstring, won't play in the Eastern League playoffs.
  • Washington begins a three-game series with Houston on Friday. LHP Tommy Milone (0-0) will pitch against RHP Bud Norris (6-9).
  • Los Angeles will go with LHP Clayton Kershaw (17-5) against San Francisco RHP Tim Lincecum (12-12).
 
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Tony Gwynn gets his first RBI since Sept. 1 with a two-run double in the ninth inning. (AP)
Tony Gwynn gets his first RBI since Sept. 1 with a two-run double in the ninth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Rivera
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
Washington

J. Werth
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, SS5041000 .296
James Loney, 1B3220000 .280
    Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
    Jamey Carroll, 2B1000100 .288
Matt Kemp, CF5210002 .318
Juan Rivera, RF-1B4024021 .262
Aaron Miles, 3B4000002 .281
Jerry Sands, LF-RF3100002 .195
Rod Barajas, C4110000 .236
Justin Sellers, 2B3000000 .229
    Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
    Mike MacDougal, P0000000 .000
   a- Trent Oeltjen, PH1000012 .220
    Javy Guerra, P0000000 .000
Chad Billingsley, P1000010 .160
    Josh Lindblom, P1000010 .000
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
    Tony Gwynn Jr., LF2112000 .257
Totals37711715  
a-struck out for MacDougal in the 9th
Batting
2B - James Loney (24, Wang), Juan Rivera 2 (22, Wang, Wang), Tony Gwynn Jr. (11, Storen)
RBI - Dee Gordon (8), Juan Rivera 4 (60), Tony Gwynn Jr. 2 (21)
2-OUT RBI - Dee Gordon (2), Tony Gwynn Jr. 2 (11)
SB - Dee Gordon (17, 2nd base off Storen/Ramos), Tony Gwynn Jr. (21, 3rd base off Storen/Ramos)
CS - Dee Gordon (4, 2nd base by Wang/Ramos)
Team LOB - 5
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chad Billingsley 2.1544321 4.30
Josh Lindblom 2.1000110 2.25
Hong-Chih Kuo0000100 9.14
Matt Guerrier 1.1000010 3.59
Kenley Jansen 1000020 3.22
Mike MacDougal (W,3-1) 1000110 1.88
Javy Guerra (S,16) 1000010 2.09
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 74-45, Josh Lindblom 35-24, Hong-Chih Kuo 5-1, Matt Guerrier 14-10, Kenley Jansen 12-10, Mike MacDougal 17-9, Javy Guerra 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 3-2, Josh Lindblom 4-2, Matt Guerrier 1-2, Kenley Jansen 1-0, Mike MacDougal 1-1, Javy Guerra 1-1
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 15, Josh Lindblom 8, Hong-Chih Kuo 1, Matt Guerrier 4, Kenley Jansen 3, Mike MacDougal 4, Javy Guerra 3
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Desmond, SS5110000 .244
Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B5000010 .000
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4111010 .291
Michael Morse, LF2111200 .312
Jayson Werth, CF3112102 .230
Rick Ankiel, RF2010011 .245
   a- Jonny Gomes, PH-RF1000101 .207
Chris Marrero, 1B3000113 .282
Wilson Ramos, C3000112 .259
Chien-Ming Wang, P2000023 .000
   b- Laynce Nix, PH1000000 .256
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
    Drew Storen, P0000000 .000
    Collin Balester, P0000000 .000
   c- Alex Cora, PH1000010 .221
Totals3245468  
a-walked for Ankiel in the 5th
b-popped out for Wang in the 6th
c-struck out for Balester in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (18, Billingsley), Michael Morse (33, Billingsley), Rick Ankiel (17, Billingsley)
HR - Jayson Werth (19, Billingsley)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (41), Michael Morse (83), Jayson Werth 2 (55)
Team LOB - 7
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chien-Ming Wang 6744030 4.43
Todd Coffey 1000000 3.60
Tyler Clippard 1100010 2.01
Drew Storen (L,6-3) 0.2333110 3.22
Collin Balester 0.1000000 3.60
HBP - Sands (by Drew Storen)
Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 80-53, Todd Coffey 11-6, Tyler Clippard 13-9, Drew Storen 25-11, Collin Balester 5-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 10-4, Todd Coffey 1-2, Tyler Clippard 1-1
Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 24, Todd Coffey 3, Tyler Clippard 4, Drew Storen 7, Collin Balester 1
Game Information
Attendance - 0
Game Time - 3:30
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - David Rackley, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - James Hoye