Hernandez ran into more trouble in the fifth inning as he surrendered a two-run home run to Span, which extended the Nationals lead to 5-2. The home run knocked Hernandez out of the game and newly activated Chris Perez took the mound.
Perez got the Dodgers out of the inning without allowing further damage. He was then pinch-hit for by Alex Guerrero, who made his Dodgers debut. Gonzalez struck Guerrero out and the game shifted to the sixth.
After Jamey Wright pitched a scoreless sixth inning, he was replaced by Brandon League in the seventh. Yasiel Puig misjudged a ball and allowed it to get over his head resulting in a leadoff double for Gonzalez. Anthony Rendon followed with a double to score the Nationals pitcher and their lead grew to 6-2.
Rendon and Werth pulled off a double steal with one out, though neither scored as Juan Uribe fielded a grounder and threw home to get Rendon, and Hanley Ramirez took care of a slow roller to end the inning.
With one out and runners on the corners in the seventh, Juan Uribe hit an RBI single to pull the Dodgers within 6-3. Matt Thorton replaced Drew Storen and struck out Justin Turner to end the threat.
Yimi Garcia made his MLB debut and threw two scoreless innings. Puig drew a two-out walk, took second base on defensive indifference and scored on Uribe’s RBI single. Carl Crawford pinch-hit for A.J. Ellis and singled to put runners on the corners.
Joc Pederson pinch-hit and went down looking on a full count as the Dodgers’ comeback bid fell short and they dropped the series opener, 6-4. The loss moved the Dodgers two games back of the Nationals for best record in the NL and closed their lead in the NL West to two games.
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