Nats beat NL West Dodgers for 2nd straight night

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luis Garcia hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and the last-placed Washington Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-3 on Tuesday night for their second straight win over leaders NL West. .

Garcia’s shot into the right-field seats with two outs against Los Angeles left-hander Garrett Cleavinger was his third home run of the season and brought home Josh Bell, who reached first on a throwing error by the player. Dodgers second baseman Gavin Lux.

Washington scored four more times against Cleavinger in the ninth, bettering its worst major league record to 34-65. The Dodgers have the second-best record in baseball at 64-32.

Mookie Betts hit his team-leading 23rd homer and ejected a runner at home plate for the Dodgers. Cody Bellinger also went deep and Freddie Freeman added an RBI on a sacrifice fly as all three Dodgers runs came from former MVPs.

Nationals starter Josiah Gray, who was traded from the Dodgers to the Nationals last season, held his former team to one run in four innings before Los Angeles took a 3-2 lead in the fifth at Bellinger Homer and Freeman’s volley.

Washington’s Juan Soto, who was trade rumored before next week’s deadline, went 0 for 4 and was hit with a pitch. He’s 3-of-18 since winning the Home Run Derby in All-Star Game festivities last week at Dodger Stadium.

The Nationals got their offense on track early with first-inning RBIs from Bell and Yadiel Hernandez. Victor Robles and Cesar Hernandez led the game with back-to-back singles, while Soto retired and Bell drove Robles home on a ground ball. Hernandez’s RBI single made it 2-0.

Gray held the Dodgers in check after being torched for seven runs on five hits and three walks in a May 24 game against them in Washington. He gave up the Betts homer to start the first inning, but didn’t allow another run until the fifth.

Bellinger tied the Dodgers with a first-pitch home run to right field, his 13th of the season. Trayce Thompson and Trea Turner had singles to put the runners in the corners with one out before Freeman’s sacrificial volley to center gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead.

Betts threw Robles home for the fifth-inning final after Josh Bell’s single at right.

Dodgers starter Mitch White White was effective outside the first inning, allowing two runs on nine hits in six scoreless innings and four strikeouts. It was the second most hits he allowed in his 10 starts this season.

Gray, who was part of the trade that brought Turner and Max Scherzer to Los Angeles last season, allowed three runs on five hits in five innings with two walks and six strikeouts.

National right-hander Erasmo Hernandez (2-1) recorded two outs in the seventh inning for the victory. Washington picked up wins in the first two games of the series after the Dodgers did the same against the Nationals in a three-game East Coast series in May.

Cleavinger (0-1), who was recalled from Oklahoma City Triple-A earlier Tuesday, allowed six runs, four of which were earned, in 1 2/3 innings.

The Nationals scored in the ninth inning on Bell’s sacrifice fly, a double from Nelson Cruz and an RBI single from former Dodger Keibert Ruiz, who was also part of the Turner-Scherzer trade.

TRAINERS ROOM

Nationals: RHP Reed Garrett (biceps), currently in minor league rehab, won’t be reevaluated until the earliest Friday when the Nationals open a three-game homestand against the St. Louis Cardinals. … RHP Will Harris (pectoral), who has made just eight appearances since 2020, has begun a rehab mission at Class A Fredericksburg.

Dodgers: INF/OF Chris Taylor, who has been out since July 4 with a broken left foot, is approaching a rehab assignment. Although he has exclusively played outfield this season, manager Dave Roberts said a second base could be expected when he returns. … 3B Justin Turner, who hasn’t played since Thursday with a ribcage injury, is expected to return to the starting lineup on Wednesday. … RHP Blake Treinen (shoulder) kicked off a bullpen session, but his return to the active roster could be pushed back to September.

NEXT

Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (4-13, 6.02 ERA) takes the mound on Wednesday after giving up 14 combined earned runs in his last three starts

Dodgers: LHP Andrew Heaney (1-0, 0.59) will be coming from his second stint in IL to start with just three previous outings this season.

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