Parra hits grand slam as Nationals rally to beat Dodgers 5-2

LOS ANGELES (AP) Gerardo Parra's signing is paying immediate dividends for the Washington Nationals.

Two days after signing with Washington following his designation for assignment by San Francisco last week, Parra hit a grand slam in his second game with the Nationals as they rallied for a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.

Parra's homer came in the eighth inning when he hit a fastball by Dylan Floro on the sixth pitch of the at-bat into the seats in right-center for his second home run of the season. It was his second career grand slam, and first since 2012.

''I'm very happy. It is a big moment for me,'' Parra said. ''I just wanted to hit a pitch in the zone.''

Parra has only 81 home runs in 11 seasons but hit his eighth against the Dodgers - his most against one team - and all but one have come in Los Angeles.

''To see Parra hit it over the wall that was just what we needed and gave us so much energy,'' Nationals starter Max Scherzer said.

The Nationals trailed 2-0 going into the eighth after Dodgers' starter Walker Buehler allowed only four hits. They loaded the bases with one out against Pedro Baez (2-2) and got their first run when Juan Soto drove in Wilmer Difo with a single after fouling off five straight pitches with a 1-2 count. It was Soto's first game back after he was activated off the injured list earlier in the day.

Scherzer (2-4) went seven innings and allowed two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts. His only mistake came in the third inning when he walked Max Muncy with two outs and then served up a fastball to Justin Turner, who homered to right-center. Sean Doolittle picked up his sixth save with a scoreless ninth.

''He's been pitching really well. For him to get a win was gratifying not only for him but for the club,'' Washington manager Dave Martinez said of Scherzer.

Buehler struck out seven in his first career start against the Nationals. It is the second consecutive game where he has gone seven innings.

Alex Verdugo had two hits for the Dodgers, who have dropped two of their last three at home after winning 10 straight.

''Can't say enough about what Walker did tonight. He was dominant tonight but unfortunately that eighth inning got away from us,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

HOT STREAK

Turner has hit five of his six home runs in the last four games. In 13 games since April 26, the Dodgers third baseman is batting .377 (20 for 33) with six home runs and 12 RBIs.

BACK IN LINEUP

Soto missed 10 games due to back spasms, but was able to pick up where he left off. He has reached base in his last 16 games and still leads the team in runs batted in (23) along with being tied for the lead in home runs with six.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: P Trevor Rosenthal (viral infection) began a rehab assignment at Double A Harrisburg. The right-hander struck out one in a scoreless inning. Martinez said he wants Rosenthal to refine his mechanics and gain confidence after he struggled the first month of the season. Rosenthal was 0-1 with a 27.00 ERA in seven appearances where he allowed 12 runs in three innings.

Dodgers: P Caleb Ferguson (oblique strain) will make another rehab appearance on Tuesday either at Triple A Oklahoma City or Class A Rancho Cucamonga. The left-hander tossed a scoreless frame at Rancho Cucamonga on Friday.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (3-2, 3.71 ERA) has struck out nine or more in four straight starts. He fanned 11 last Tuesday at Milwaukee but also allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings to take the loss.

Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-1, 2.03 ERA) has gone at least seven innings in his last three starts and threw a complete-game shutout against Atlanta on Tuesday. Ryu threw seven scoreless innings and struck out eight in his last start against Washington on April 21, 2018.

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  • W: M. Scherzer (2-4)L: P. Baez (2-2)S: S. Doolittle (6)
  • HR: WAS - G. Parra (2), LAD - J. Turner (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Eaton RF30100010.287.347.401.7480.5
V. Robles CF31100110.252.303.441.7442.5
J. Soto LF31110110.250.372.463.8353.5
A. Rendon 3B40100015.315.402.6411.0431.5
G. Parra 1B41141013.194.276.290.5678.5
B. Dozier 2B40100011.202.303.339.6420.5
Y. Gomes C40000002.233.313.337.6500.0
W. Difo SS41100011.245.308.318.6271.5
M. Scherzer P20000021.087.087.087.174-1.0
a- H. Kendrick PH10000001.306.364.553.9170.0
M. Taylor PR01000000.175.267.225.4921.0
W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Sanchez PH10000010.182.182.182.364-0.5
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Scherzer in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Suero in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Pederson LF30000010.223.333.589.9230.5
M. Muncy 1B31100101.266.360.492.8523.0
J. Turner 3B31121011.298.384.461.8457.5
C. Bellinger RF40100012.394.473.7611.2340.5
C. Seager SS30000101.225.325.341.6661.0
A. Verdugo CF40200000.343.382.569.9503.0
E. Hernandez 2B40000023.233.316.444.759-1.0
A. Barnes C40000012.206.316.381.697-0.5
W. Buehler P20000011.063.063.250.313-0.5
a- D. Freese PH10000010.246.411.474.885-0.5
P. Baez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Alexander P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Floro P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Y. Garcia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Buehler in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rendon (12)
  • HR - G. Parra (2)
  • SH - A. Eaton
  • RBI - J. Soto (23), G. Parra 4 (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - G. Parra 4 (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Parra 2 (2), Y. Gomes, M. Scherzer
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Verdugo (7)
  • HR - J. Turner (6)
  • RBI - J. Turner 2 (21)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Turner 2 (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Muncy, C. Bellinger 2 (2), C. Seager, A. Barnes, W. Buehler
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - V. Robles (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Dozier-Difo-Parra)
FIELDING
  • E - E. Hernandez (2), J. Turner (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 2-4)7.05222713.641.1525.5
W. Suero (H, 3)1.00000106.191.193.5
S. Doolittle (S, 6)1.00000001.001.1110.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 2-4)7.0
W. Suero (H, 3)1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 6)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Buehler7.04001704.151.0422.5
P. Baez (L, 2-2) (H, 8)0.11301003.260.83-7.0
S. Alexander0.01100002.841.26-1.0
D. Floro (BS, 2)0.21100210.000.830.0
Y. Garcia1.00000103.930.873.5
PITCHERSIP
W. Buehler7.0
P. Baez (L, 2-2) (H, 8)0.1
S. Alexander0.0
D. Floro (BS, 2)0.2
Y. Garcia1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Scherzer 2 (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 115-75, W. Suero 11-9, S. Doolittle 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 5-8, W. Suero 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 29, W. Suero 3, S. Doolittle 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Buehler 97-66, P. Baez 14-8, S. Alexander 9-8, D. Floro 17-11, Y. Garcia 5-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Buehler 7-6, P. Baez 2-0, Y. Garcia 2-0
  • Batters Faced - W. Buehler 25, P. Baez 4, S. Alexander, D. Floro 3, Y. Garcia 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Eaton RF30100010.287.347.401.7480.5
V. Robles CF31100110.252.303.441.7442.5
J. Soto LF31110110.250.372.463.8353.5
A. Rendon 3B40100015.315.402.6411.0431.5
G. Parra 1B41141013.194.276.290.5678.5
B. Dozier 2B40100011.202.303.339.6420.5
Y. Gomes C40000002.233.313.337.6500.0
W. Difo SS41100011.245.308.318.6271.5
M. Scherzer P20000021.087.087.087.174-1.0
a- H. Kendrick PH10000001.306.364.553.9170.0
M. Taylor PR01000000.175.267.225.4921.0
W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Sanchez PH10000010.182.182.182.364-0.5
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Scherzer in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Suero in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Pederson LF30000010.223.333.589.9230.5
M. Muncy 1B31100101.266.360.492.8523.0
J. Turner 3B31121011.298.384.461.8457.5
C. Bellinger RF40100012.394.473.7611.2340.5
C. Seager SS30000101.225.325.341.6661.0
A. Verdugo CF40200000.343.382.569.9503.0
E. Hernandez 2B40000023.233.316.444.759-1.0
A. Barnes C40000012.206.316.381.697-0.5
W. Buehler P20000011.063.063.250.313-0.5
a- D. Freese PH10000010.246.411.474.885-0.5
P. Baez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Alexander P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Floro P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Y. Garcia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Buehler in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rendon (12)
  • HR - G. Parra (2)
  • SH - A. Eaton
  • RBI - J. Soto (23), G. Parra 4 (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - G. Parra 4 (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Parra 2 (2), Y. Gomes, M. Scherzer
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Verdugo (7)
  • HR - J. Turner (6)
  • RBI - J. Turner 2 (21)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Turner 2 (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Muncy, C. Bellinger 2 (2), C. Seager, A. Barnes, W. Buehler
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - V. Robles (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Dozier-Difo-Parra)
FIELDING
  • E - E. Hernandez (2), J. Turner (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 2-4)7.05222713.641.1525.5
W. Suero (H, 3)1.00000106.191.193.5
S. Doolittle (S, 6)1.00000001.001.1110.0
Total9.0522281---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 2-4)7.0
W. Suero (H, 3)1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 6)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Buehler7.04001704.151.0422.5
P. Baez (L, 2-2) (H, 8)0.11301003.260.83-7.0
S. Alexander0.01100002.841.26-1.0
D. Floro (BS, 2)0.21100210.000.830.0
Y. Garcia1.00000103.930.873.5
Total9.07502101---
PITCHERSIP
W. Buehler7.0
P. Baez (L, 2-2) (H, 8)0.1
S. Alexander0.0
D. Floro (BS, 2)0.2
Y. Garcia1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Scherzer 2 (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 115-75, W. Suero 11-9, S. Doolittle 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 5-8, W. Suero 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 29, W. Suero 3, S. Doolittle 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Buehler 97-66, P. Baez 14-8, S. Alexander 9-8, D. Floro 17-11, Y. Garcia 5-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Buehler 7-6, P. Baez 2-0, Y. Garcia 2-0
  • Batters Faced - W. Buehler 25, P. Baez 4, S. Alexander, D. Floro 3, Y. Garcia 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Parra homered to center, Taylor, Robles and Soto scored52
    Soto singled to left, Difo scored, Taylor to third, Robles to second12
  • 3RD INNING
    Turner homered to center, Muncy scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Yimi Garcia relieved Dylan Floro
    • Y. Gomes: Gomes grounded out to third
    • W. Difo: Difo grounded out to second
    • Adrian Sanchez hit for Wander Suero
    • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Sean Doolittle pitching
    • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Ball, Verdugo flied out to deep center
    • E. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hernandez lined out to right
    • A. Barnes: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Barnes fouled out to first
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Pedro Baez pitching
    • W. Difo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Difo singled to left
    • Howie Kendrick hit for Max Scherzer
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kendrick reached on fielder's choice to third, Difo to third on 3rd baseman Turner throwing error
    • Michael Taylor ran for Howie Kendrick
    • A. Eaton: Eaton hit sacrifice bunt to first, Taylor to second
    • V. Robles: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Robles walked
    • Scott Alexander relieved Pedro Baez
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Soto singled to left, Difo scored, Taylor to third, Robles to second
    • Dylan Floro relieved Scott Alexander
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Parra homered to center, Taylor, Robles and Soto scored
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (5 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Wander Suero pitching
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Turner struck out on foul tip
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bellinger grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Seager: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Seager popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Parra grounded out to first
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Dozier grounded out to second
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gomes flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Barnes lined out to second
    • David Freese hit for Walker Buehler
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Freese struck out looking
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Pederson hit by pitch
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Muncy flied out to left
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Robles grounded out to third
    • J. Soto: Soto lined out to left
    • A. Rendon: Rendon flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • C. Seager: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Seager flied out to shallow center
    • A. Verdugo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Verdugo lined out to center
    • E. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • M. Scherzer: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Scherzer struck out swinging
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Eaton struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Pederson lined out to first
    • M. Muncy: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Muncy singled to right
    • J. Turner: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Turner reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Muncy out at second
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rendon doubled to deep center
    • G. Parra: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Parra fouled out to third
    • B. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gomes grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Verdugo doubled to deep right
    • E. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Barnes grounded out to second, Verdugo to third
    • W. Buehler: Buehler flied out to deep center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Eaton grounded out to shortstop
    • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Robles struck out looking
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • W. Buehler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Buehler struck out swinging
    • J. Pederson: Foul, Pederson grounded out to first
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Muncy walked
    • J. Turner: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Turner homered to center, Muncy scored
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bellinger singled to right
    • C. Seager: Foul, Seager flied out to left
    • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Dozier singled to deep left
    • Y. Gomes: Gomes flied out to center
    • W. Difo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Difo grounded out to pitcher, Dozier to second
    • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Scherzer struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • C. Seager: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Seager walked
    • A. Verdugo: Verdugo singled to center, Seager to second
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Hernandez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Seager to third, Verdugo out at second
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Barnes struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Eaton singled to shallow left
    • V. Robles: Robles reached on an infield single to second, Eaton to third, Robles to second on 2nd baseman Hernandez throwing error
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Soto walked, Robles picked off at second, catcher to second
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Rendon flied out to right
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Muncy lined out to center
    • J. Turner: Ball, Turner hit by pitch
    • C. Bellinger: Foul, Bellinger grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)