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LaRoche delivers late, Nats top Dodgers 8-5 in 14


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LOS ANGELES (AP) Adam LaRoche didn't start on Wednesday for the Washington Nationals, but he sure did finish.

LaRoche pinch-hit in the ninth inning and ended up with five RBIs in Washington's wild 8-5, 14-inning win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He hit a tying homer, a go-ahead two-run single in the 12th, and added a run-scoring grounder in the 14th that sent the Nationals to a hard-fought victory.

LaRoche was scheduled to sit out on Wednesday because of a strained lower back, but entered in the ninth and made an immediate impact with a homer to tie it 2-2.

''We had to use Adam even though we didn't want to,'' Nationals manager Matt Williams said. ''He was huge for us, especially hitting that homer in the ninth.''

Asdrubal Cabrera added a two-run shot in the final inning for the Nationals, who withstood two late Los Angeles rallies in a game that lasted 5 hours, 34 minutes - the longest at Dodger Stadium this season. Washington won two of three in the series, a potential playoff preview between NL division leaders.

All of LaRoche's RBIs either tied the game or gave the Nationals the lead.

LaRoche gave the Nationals the lead for good with a fielder's choice grounder in the 14th after an error by shortstop Justin Turner. Ian Desmond scored on the play, and LaRoche beat the relay to first to avoid a potential inning-ending double play.

LaRoche was also hit by a pitch on the left elbow in the 11th, but fought through the pain and stayed in. He wasn't/t made available to the media after the game because he was receiving so much medical treatment, according to team staff.

''Getting hit in the elbow there makes it really difficult for him to swing the bat,'' Williams said. ''When we loaded the bases in the 12th he didn't know if he could swing. We were thinking about putting down a bunt, but he just stayed on the ball and hit a two-run single.''

Cabrera added his two-run homer in the 14th, and Blake Treinen (2-3) finally made the lead stand up.

''It was fun to watch and just be a part of,'' Treinen said. ''I really just tried to go out there and execute. Nothing fancy.''

Kevin Correia (2-3) took the loss.

Washington used 10 of the 18 pitchers who appeared in a game that featured three blown saves.

The Dodgers rallied from a 3-2 deficit in the ninth and then a 5-3 hole in the 13th on Carl Crawford's homer, but ultimately came up short.

Los Angeles led 2-0 going into the ninth, when Washington tagged closer Kenley Jansen for four hits and three runs, including LaRoche's tying homer and Denard Span's go-ahead single with two outs.

A defensive mistake in the bottom half forced extra innings.

With two outs and a runner on first, Nationals closer Rafael Soriano got Turner to hit a fly to right for what appeared to be the third out. Instead, right fielder Jayson Werth dropped the ball in the right-field corner for an error, and a surprised Andre Ethier raced home from first to tie it at 3.

''It was tough but Kenley has done a great job for us all year,'' Turner said. ''We came back and scratched one out in the ninth and battled the whole game.''

That's how it stayed until the 12th. A walk by Anthony Rendon and singles by Werth and Bryce Harper loaded the bases with one out. LaRoche then lined a single into left field to put the Nationals back on top.

Again, the Dodgers rallied to tie it. Tyler Clippard quickly retired the first two batters in the bottom half, but Juan Uribe singled and Crawford followed with a home run to left-center, whipping the remaining fans at Dodger Stadium into a frenzy.

''I think this was a good game for us,'' Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. ''The positive side of this is that the effort and determination and perseverance from our guys is going to get us where we want to go. Our guys fought all day.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: Mattingly said it was ''probably not very possible'' that RHP Josh Beckett will pitch again this season. Beckett has been on the disabled list since Aug. 4 with a left hip impingement.

Mattingly added that LHP Paco Rodriguez threw a bullpen session with no complications and could begin throwing to hitters in the next few days. Rodriguez has been on the DL since Aug. 4 with a shoulder strain.

UP NEXT

Washington is off on Thursday and then opens a three-game home series against Philadelphia on Friday. RHP Stephen Strasburg (11-10, 3.49 ERA) is scheduled to start the opener.

Los Angeles is off on Thursday before beginning a three-game home series against Arizona on Friday. RHP Dan Haren (11-10, 4.27) will start the opener.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

C. Crawford
AB 7
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Washington

A. LaRoche
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 5
 

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Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Denard Span, CF6011102.298.348.413
Anthony Rendon, 3B6100122.277.336.462
Jayson Werth, RF5120210.288.384.455
Ian Desmond, SS7100046.246.301.415
Bryce Harper, LF6130110.272.345.431
Tyler Moore, 1B3010010.216.293.365
   a-Adam LaRoche, PH-1B3225000.259.364.446
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B6122014.245.312.400
Jose Lobaton, C4010002.233.293.307
   Danny Espinosa, PR0100000.216.279.357
   Sandy Leon, C2000102.164.239.230
Jordan Zimmermann, P2000012.178.208.200
   Matt Thornton, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Scott Hairston, PH0000000.224.267.328
   c-Nate Schierholtz, PH1000010.187.234.301
   Drew Storen, P0000000.000.000.000
   d-Steven Souza, PH1000001.077.143.077
   Rafael Soriano, P0000000.000.000.000
   Craig Stammen, P0000000.286.286.429
   Xavier Cedeno, P0000000.000.000.000
   Aaron Barrett, P0000000.000.000.000
   Blake Treinen, P0000000.100.182.100
   e-Kevin Frandsen, PH1000000.258.302.317
   f-Doug Fister, PH1000000.073.073.073
   Tyler Clippard, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jerry Blevins, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals548128612    
a-homered for Moore in the 9th
b-announced for Thornton in the 8th
c-struck out for Hairston in the 8th
d-grounded out for Storen in the 9th
e-grounded out for Barrett in the 11th
f-grounded out for Clippard in the 13th
Batting
HR - Adam LaRoche (20, Jansen), Asdrubal Cabrera (14, Correia)
SH - Asdrubal Cabrera (1)
RBI - Denard Span (32), Adam LaRoche 5 (75), Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (54)
2-OUT RBI - Denard Span (14), Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (11)
SB - Danny Espinosa (8, 2nd base off Jansen/Ellis)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - A. Cabrera-Moore
E - Adam LaRoche (7, Missed catch of throw), Jayson Werth (5, Dropped fly)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Zimmermann 6.1422281 2.93
Matt Thornton 0.2000020 1.87
Drew Storen 1100000 1.38
Rafael Soriano (BS,6) 1010120 2.59
Craig Stammen 0.1200100 3.48
Xavier Cedeno 0.1000010 0.00
Aaron Barrett 0.1000010 3.15
Blake Treinen (W,2-3) 2200020 2.23
Tyler Clippard (BS,6) 1222011 2.09
Jerry Blevins 1200110 5.11
IBB - Kemp by Jerry Blevins
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 94-64, Matt Thornton 8-6, Drew Storen 5-4, Rafael Soriano 22-16, Craig Stammen 18-10, Xavier Cedeno 6-5, Aaron Barrett 5-4, Jerry Blevins 23-16, Tyler Clippard 20-13, Blake Treinen 26-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 3-7, Drew Storen 1-1, Craig Stammen 1-0, Jerry Blevins 1-1, Tyler Clippard 1-1, Blake Treinen 4-0
Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 24, Matt Thornton 2, Drew Storen 3, Rafael Soriano 5, Craig Stammen 4, Xavier Cedeno 1, Aaron Barrett 1, Jerry Blevins 6, Tyler Clippard 5, Blake Treinen 8
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Dee Gordon, 2B7020024.284.326.374
Yasiel Puig, RF7020010.296.381.483
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B7010014.278.337.459
Hanley Ramirez, SS3000010.262.350.434
   Miguel Rojas, SS0000000.195.259.242
   a-Andre Ethier, PH0100100.251.315.372
   Juan Uribe, 3B3110024.297.322.422
Carl Crawford, LF7232022.274.313.378
Justin Turner, 3B-SS6132020.327.394.458
Joc Pederson, CF4010132.250.400.250
Tim Federowicz, C3000021.125.162.219
   Kenley Jansen, P0000000.000.000.000
   Pedro Baez, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Alex Guerrero, PH1000000.000.000.000
   Jamey Wright, P0000000.000.000.000
   c-Matt Kemp, PH0000100.281.347.475
   Brandon League, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kevin Correia, P1000011.300.300.400
Carlos Frias, P1000010.000.000.000
   d-Darwin Barney, PH0000100.230.277.324
   J.P. Howell, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brian Wilson, P0000000.000.000.000
   A.J. Ellis, C1000100.194.333.247
   Erisbel Arruebarrena, PR0000000.250.313.286
   Drew Butera, C2000004.190.261.297
Totals535134518    
a-walked for Rojas in the 9th
b-grounded out for Baez in the 10th
c-was walked intentionally for Wright in the 11th
d-walked for Frias in the 6th
Batting
2B - Carl Crawford (8, Zimmermann)
HR - Carl Crawford (6, Clippard), Justin Turner (5, Zimmermann)
SH - Joc Pederson (1)
RBI - Carl Crawford 2 (32), Justin Turner 2 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford 2 (10)
CS - Dee Gordon (16, 2nd base by Storen/Lobaton)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Justin Turner (10, Throwing)
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carlos Frias 6300140 3.98
J.P. Howell 1100010 1.21
Brian Wilson (H,20) 0.2000120 4.89
Kenley Jansen (BS,5) 1433101 3.20
Pedro Baez 1.1000020 1.69
Jamey Wright 1000100 3.78
Brandon League 1322110 2.95
Kevin Correia (L,7-16) 2130121 5.05
WP - Kevin Correia (6)
HBP - LaRoche (by Jamey Wright)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Frias 77-52, J.P. Howell 16-11, Brian Wilson 20-12, Kenley Jansen 32-19, Pedro Baez 16-12, Jamey Wright 17-10, Brandon League 29-16, Kevin Correia 33-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Frias 9-5, J.P. Howell 1-1, Kenley Jansen 1-2, Jamey Wright 3-0, Brandon League 1-1, Kevin Correia 4-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Frias 22, J.P. Howell 4, Brian Wilson 3, Kenley Jansen 8, Pedro Baez 4, Jamey Wright 5, Brandon League 7, Kevin Correia 9
Game Information
Attendance - 38404
Game Time - 5:34
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Mark Ripperger, Third Base - Ted Barrett