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Recap: Dodgers win 4-1 vs. Nationals on Kershaw Day, Kenley Jansen Makes History

Jun 4, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) pitches in the 1st inning against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers ended their Monday night game against the Washington Nationals with a 4-1 win. Clayton Kershaw took the mound, pitching 8 strikeouts in six innings. Kershaw was going to play against Stephen Strasburg, but Strasburg was taken out in the last minute due to a back injury. The Nationals weren’t able to get on the board until the top of the seventh inning.

Justin Turner put the Dodgers on the board in the bottom of the first inning with a home run. Turner returned in the bottom of the fourth with a single on a ground ball, allowing Corey Seager to run in for the score. Joc Pederson came in with a homer in the bottom of the fifth inning. While Chase Utley ended the night with a single on a line drive while Howie Kendrick sprinted to home for the score.

The Dodgers take the series opener winning 4-1 and Jansen also made history in the 9th inning. Another storyline in the game was two NL MVP’s going head to head, as Bryce Harper took on Kershaw.

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We have some of the best tweets from the game below.

The Dodgers will move on to game two of their three-game series against the Nationals on Tuesday night with Scott Kazmir on the mound.

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