Pederson homers twice, Maeda cruises, Dodgers beat Nats 5-0

LOS ANGELES (AP) Everything is going all right for Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson this year.

Pederson homered twice, Kenta Maeda pitched one-hit ball over six innings and Los Angeles cruised past the Washington Nationals 5-0 Friday night.

Pederson hit his 14th career leadoff homer in the first inning, tying Rafael Furcal for second on the team's career list. He struck again in the fifth, putting a ball in the back of Washington's bullpen for his 12th of the season. Pederson has 11 career multihomer games and three this season.

All 12 of his home runs have come against right-handed pitching, tying the Brewers' Christian Yelich for most against righties this season. And he is doing his damage with sporadic playing time as the Dodgers rotate their outfielders, other than Cody Bellinger, who plays daily.

''Rhythm and flow plays a huge role into being consistent,'' said Pederson, a left-handed hitter who has just 17 at-bats and three hits against lefties this year. ''It's really good when you can get in there and get into game flow to ride out pitches.''

Maeda gave up just Wilmer Difo's single to lead off the third as the Dodgers won for the 11th time in their last 12 home games. Maeda (4-2) struck out six and walked two.

''I had a good feeling on my pitches around the fifth and six innings in my outing (Sunday) at San Diego,'' Maeda said through a translator. ''The biggest difference was my slider. I had a good feeling on the break, and I was able to carry that over today.''

Julio Urias pitched three innings of scoreless relief for his second career save. It was Urias' second save in two outings after he pitched a scoreless inning Monday, but the Dodgers prefer the swing man to get multiple innings whenever possible.

''He is strong in every facet of the word, physically, and more importantly mentally with the different roles that are presented to him,'' manager Dave Roberts said.

Anibal Sanchez (0-6) allowed three runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings, including both of Pederson's homers. He has not won a start since Sept. 23 and has not won a game on the road since Aug. 3.

''It's many years at this level, I played through everything,'' Sanchez said. ''I need to continue to work. At some point, everything is going to change for good. As long as I continue healthy, I think I can do something good on the mound.''

The Dodgers also got an RBI triple from Chris Taylor in the fourth on a ball misplayed by right fielder Adam Eaton.

David Freese added a two-run homer in the seventh off reliever Matt Grace to give the Dodgers 39 home runs at home this season.

Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy preserved the shutout with two outs in the eighth with a diving stop on Anthony Rendon's hard, bases-loaded grounder down the line. Muncy got to his feet and dived to third base for a force out.

SEAGER SCRATCHED

The Dodgers won without shortstop Corey Seager, who was scratched shortly before first pitch and was not on the bench at the start of the game due to a personal matter. Seager was back in the dugout and available to pinch hit in the later innings.

''Corey just had something personal that came up literally an hour before the game so he had to go take care of it,'' Roberts said. ''Family first. Personal stuff first. He went and took care of it and was back on the bench sometime in the middle of the game.''

The Dodgers also played without third baseman Justin Turner, who was given a day off against a right-handed pitcher.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: LF Juan Soto, on the 10-day injured list with back spasms, took batting practice and ran the bases. He is expected to be activated before Saturday's game.

Dodgers: LHP Caleb Ferguson started a rehab assignment at Class A Rancho Cucamonga following an oblique strain. Ferguson struck out two and walked one in a scoreless inning.

UP NEXT

Nationals: The Nationals are 1-7 this season in games started by RHP Max Scherzer (1-4, 3.78 ERA), including five straight losses. That's the longest such skid for Scherzer's teams in his starts since a six-game slide for Arizona and Detroit spanning the 2009 and `10 seasons.

Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (4-0, 4.95) hit 99 mph for the first time this season in his start Monday against the Braves and also reached 100 pitches for the first time.

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  • W: K. Maeda (4-2)L: A. Sanchez (0-6)S: J. Urias (2)
  • HR: LAD - D. Freese (3), J. Pederson 2 (12)
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K. Suzuki C40100021.265.311.515.8260.0
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  • a-popped out for Grace in the 8th
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M. Muncy 3B40100000.264.356.496.8523.0
C. Bellinger RF41200011.399.479.7751.2542.5
D. Freese 1B31121111.250.417.482.8997.5
E. Hernandez 2B30100113.240.324.457.7821.5
A. Verdugo CF41100004.337.377.561.9393.0
C. Taylor SS40110011.214.287.369.6563.5
A. Barnes C30000101.215.327.398.7253.0
K. Maeda P20000003.188.188.313.5000.0
a- R. Martin PH10000010.229.391.343.734-0.5
J. Urias P00000100.333.500.333.8331.0
  • a-struck out for Maeda in the 6th
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Robles, A. Rendon 3 (3), H. Kendrick, K. Suzuki, B. Dozier
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Verdugo (6)
  • 3B - C. Taylor
  • HR - J. Pederson 2 (12), D. Freese (3)
  • RBI - J. Pederson 2 (20), D. Freese 2 (10), C. Taylor (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Freese 2 (5), C. Taylor (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Pederson, E. Hernandez, A. Verdugo 3 (3), K. Maeda 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Muncy (2), A. Barnes (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez (L, 0-6)4.16332325.271.68-2.5
J. Miller0.20001003.381.20-1.0
J. Ross1.00000209.641.934.0
M. Grace1.03220117.501.72-1.5
E. Fedde1.00001000.001.172.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez (L, 0-6)4.1
J. Miller0.2
J. Ross1.0
M. Grace1.0
E. Fedde1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Maeda (W, 4-2)6.01002604.031.3028.0
J. Urias (S, 2)3.03000103.181.0913.5
PITCHERSIP
K. Maeda (W, 4-2)6.0
J. Urias (S, 2)3.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Sanchez (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 89-57, J. Miller 17-10, J. Ross 14-9, M. Grace 25-18, E. Fedde 18-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 5-5, J. Ross 1-0, M. Grace 2-0, E. Fedde 2-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 21, J. Miller 3, J. Ross 3, M. Grace 6, E. Fedde 4
  • Balks - A. Sanchez (2)
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Urias (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Maeda 86-57, J. Urias 40-27
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Maeda 4-8, J. Urias 5-3
  • Batters Faced - K. Maeda 21, J. Urias 13
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A. Rendon 3B40000014.318.408.6481.055-0.5
H. Kendrick 1B40000011.310.367.560.927-0.5
G. Parra LF30000100.191.277.258.5361.0
K. Suzuki C40100021.265.311.515.8260.0
B. Dozier 2B40100001.200.304.342.6461.0
W. Difo SS30200000.245.310.321.6312.0
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  • a-popped out for Grace in the 8th
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J. Pederson LF52222011.229.336.606.94111.5
M. Muncy 3B40100000.264.356.496.8523.0
C. Bellinger RF41200011.399.479.7751.2542.5
D. Freese 1B31121111.250.417.482.8997.5
E. Hernandez 2B30100113.240.324.457.7821.5
A. Verdugo CF41100004.337.377.561.9393.0
C. Taylor SS40110011.214.287.369.6563.5
A. Barnes C30000101.215.327.398.7253.0
K. Maeda P20000003.188.188.313.5000.0
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J. Urias P00000100.333.500.333.8331.0
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  • a-struck out for Maeda in the 6th
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Robles, A. Rendon 3 (3), H. Kendrick, K. Suzuki, B. Dozier
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Verdugo (6)
  • 3B - C. Taylor
  • HR - J. Pederson 2 (12), D. Freese (3)
  • RBI - J. Pederson 2 (20), D. Freese 2 (10), C. Taylor (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Freese 2 (5), C. Taylor (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Pederson, E. Hernandez, A. Verdugo 3 (3), K. Maeda 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Muncy (2), A. Barnes (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez (L, 0-6)4.16332325.271.68-2.5
J. Miller0.20001003.381.20-1.0
J. Ross1.00000209.641.934.0
M. Grace1.03220117.501.72-1.5
E. Fedde1.00001000.001.172.0
Total8.0955463---
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez (L, 0-6)4.1
J. Miller0.2
J. Ross1.0
M. Grace1.0
E. Fedde1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Maeda (W, 4-2)6.01002604.031.3028.0
J. Urias (S, 2)3.03000103.181.0913.5
Total9.0400270---
PITCHERSIP
K. Maeda (W, 4-2)6.0
J. Urias (S, 2)3.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Sanchez (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 89-57, J. Miller 17-10, J. Ross 14-9, M. Grace 25-18, E. Fedde 18-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 5-5, J. Ross 1-0, M. Grace 2-0, E. Fedde 2-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 21, J. Miller 3, J. Ross 3, M. Grace 6, E. Fedde 4
  • Balks - A. Sanchez (2)
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Urias (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Maeda 86-57, J. Urias 40-27
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Maeda 4-8, J. Urias 5-3
  • Batters Faced - K. Maeda 21, J. Urias 13
  • 7TH INNING
    Freese homered to right, Bellinger scored05
  • 5TH INNING
    Pederson homered to right03
  • 4TH INNING
    Taylor tripled to right, Verdugo scored02
  • 1ST INNING
    Pederson homered to right center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Urias Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kendrick grounded out to second
    • G. Parra: Parra flied out to deep right
    • K. Suzuki: Foul, Ball, Suzuki singled to left
    • B. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • J. Urias Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Foul, Dozier singled to right
    • W. Difo: Difo singled to right, Dozier to second
    • Adrian Sanchez hit for Matt Grace
    • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez popped out to shortstop
    • A. Eaton: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Eaton lined out to left
    • V. Robles: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Robles hit by pitch, Dozier to third, Difo to second
    • A. Rendon: Rendon reached on fielder's choice to third, Difo out at third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Erick Fedde pitching
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Taylor grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Strike looking, Barnes popped out to second
    • J. Urias: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Urias walked
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Pederson grounded out to first
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Julio Urias pitching
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Kendrick grounded out to third
    • G. Parra: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Parra grounded out to first
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Grace relieved Joe Ross
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
    • M. Muncy: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Muncy grounded out to second
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Bellinger singled to right center
    • D. Freese: Freese homered to right, Bellinger scored
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez singled to left
    • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Verdugo grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Eaton flied out to deep left
    • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Robles grounded out to third
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Joe Ross relieved Justin Miller
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Foul, Barnes grounded out to third
    • Russell Martin hit for Kenta Maeda
    • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dozier grounded out to second
    • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Difo grounded out to second
    • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pederson homered to right
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Muncy singled to right
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Muncy stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • Justin Miller relieved Anibal Sanchez
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freese walked
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hernandez flied out to right
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Verdugo flied out to center
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Rendon flied out to left
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kendrick struck out swinging
    • G. Parra: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Parra walked
    • K. Suzuki: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
    • E. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hernandez walked
    • A. Verdugo: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Verdugo reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Hernandez out at second
    • C. Taylor: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Taylor tripled to right, Verdugo scored
    • A. Barnes: Barnes intentionally walked
    • K. Maeda: Foul, Ball, Barnes stole second, Maeda fouled out to first
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Difo singled to center
    • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • A. Eaton: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Eaton fouled out to second
    • V. Robles: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Robles flied out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pederson grounded out to second
    • M. Muncy: Muncy grounded out to first
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bellinger lined out to left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Parra lined out to third
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki flied out to deep center
    • B. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Dozier flied out to right
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Verdugo doubled to deep right
    • C. Taylor: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Taylor lined out to shortstop
    • A. Barnes: Barnes lined out to third
    • K. Maeda: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Maeda grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Eaton walked
    • V. Robles: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Robles struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rendon flied out to center
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Kendrick grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Pederson homered to right center
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Muncy grounded out to second
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bellinger singled to shallow center
    • D. Freese: Pickoff attempt, Freese lined out to right
    • E. Hernandez: Bellinger to second on balk, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)