Behind a big performance from Yasiel Puig, the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped their four-game losing streak Tuesday night and looked to remain in the win column, along with taking the season series from the Washington Nationals.
Clayton Kershaw retired the side in order in the first inning, getting a fly out to start the game followed by a pair of groundouts. Carl Crawford led off the bottom of the first with a double to right-center field that was more a gift than a true double as Bryce Harper poorly read the ball.
Crawford just as soon gifted the Nationals an out as he first held at second base on a Kiké Herandez grounder to shortstop, but broke for third and was out on a 6-5-3 double play. Jordan Zimmermann then received a favorable call on a ball that appeared to be out of the zone and ended the inning by striking out Adrian Gonzalez looking.
Kershaw again made quick work of the Nationals in the second inning, striking out the side to give him 200 strikeouts on the season. It marked the sixth consecutive year Kershaw recorded at least that many strikeouts, becoming just the third National League pitcher to accomplish the feat since 1900.
The third was another futile inning for the Nationals as they were again set down in order. Joc Pederson led off the bottom of the third by drawing a walk. He took second on a Jose Peraza jam shot that Desmond made a barehanded play on to get the out at first base. Crawford later gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead with a two-out base hit down the left field line.