Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez ended the first half of the 2015 season with an eighth-inning home run that lifted the Dodgers to a win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Gonzalez then departed for Cincinnati with four of his teammates to participate in the 86th MLB All-Star Game, where he went 0-for-1 with one strikeout in the National League team’s loss.
Gonzalez was back with the Dodgers Friday as they began their 10-game road trip in the nation’s capital. Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann largely stifled the Dodgers, retiring seven consecutive batters heading into the fourth inning.
Pitching with a 1-0 lead, Zimmermann hit, or grazed, Justin Turner with a pitch to open the top of the fourth. Gonzalez made him pay as he clubbed a 1-1 pitch into the second deck in right field to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.
The home run was Gonzalez’s 20th on the season, which leads the Dodgers, and third in the last five games. After three delays due to a bank of lights going out, play was suspended after the fifth inning and resumes Saturday at 11:05 a.m. PT.