Dodgers Defeat Nationals 9-5 Behind Chris Taylor’s Homer – NBC Los Angeles


Chris Taylor hit a three-run homer and Zach McKinstry made massive performs along with his bat and glove because the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals 9-5 Saturday evening.

AJ Pollock additionally drove in three runs for the defending World Collection champions, who’re off to a 7-2 begin that features wins in 4 of their final 5 video games. Julio Urías (2-0) allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Juan Soto homered twice and Ryan Zimmerman had three hits for the Nationals, who stay with out 4 gamers because of coronavirus instances and quarantines.

Taylor’s two-out drive to left subject off Patrick Corbin (0-1) was the important thing hit throughout a five-run second. Taylor’s first dwelling run of the season got here two batters after McKinstry’s single plated a pair of runs to provide the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.

McKinstry, taking part in proper subject with Cody Bellinger on the injured record, made a giant defensive play to finish the highest of the primary when he threw out Zimmerman at third after a bloop RBI single by Starlin Castro.

Pollock got here up massive within the seventh, clearing the bases with a two-out double to left. Andrew Stevenson tried to make a diving seize however missed, with the ball rolling to the wall earlier than it was retrieved by Castro.

Washington pulled to 6-3 within the sixth when Soto lined a drive into the bleachers in proper subject and Yan Gomes had an RBI single. The Nationals had the bases loaded with two outs however Jimmy Nelson struck out Stevenson.

Soto struck once more within the ninth with a two-run shot to proper for his eighth profession multi-homer sport.


Corbin, reinstated from the injured record Saturday after clearing COVID-19 protocols, retired the Dodgers so as within the first on 12 pitches however had management issues within the second. He walked the primary three batters within the inning earlier than Will Smith was pressured out at dwelling on Gavin Lux’s grounder to first. Then got here McKinstry’s single and Taylor’s homer.

The left-hander struck out 4 straight Dodgers within the fourth and fifth earlier than being chased when Corey Seager bought aboard on a single and got here dwelling on Justin Turner’s double to provide the Dodgers a 6-1 lead. Corbin ended up permitting six runs on six hits and struck out 5.

Urías retired 11 straight from the second to the sixth earlier than surrendering Soto’s solo shot. The left-hander allowed 9 hits and struck out three.


The Dodgers honored late Corridor of Fame supervisor Tommy Lasorda earlier than the sport. The video tribute featured Lasorda singing Frank Sinatra’s “My Manner” throughout spring coaching in 2013 throughout a montage of highlights. Lasorda handed away on Jan. 7 at age 93 because of a coronary heart assault.


Nationals: RHP Will Harris (proper hand irritation) has progressed to lengthy tossing on the crew’s alternate coaching web site in Fredericksburg, Virginia. … RHP Kyle McGowin was moved to the taxi squad after Corbin was introduced off the injured record. … INF Adrián Sanchez has been despatched to the alternate coaching web site.

Dodgers: OF Mookie Betts (decrease again stiffness) was held out of the lineup for a 3rd straight sport however did some hitting pregame. Supervisor Dave Roberts stated he doesn’t foresee Betts being positioned on the injured record. … RHP Brusdar Graterol (non-injury associated) threw 15 pitches in a simulated inning. … RHP Tony Gonsolin (proper shoulder irritation) will throw a bullpen Sunday.


The collection finale contains a pair of three-time Cy Younger Award winners as Nationals righty Max Scherzer (0-0, 6.00 ERA) opposes Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw (1-1, 4.26).

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