In dropping the series opener to the Washington Nationals on Monday night at Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Dodgers had their first four-game losing streak since September 2013. Moreover, they became the last club in the Majors to lose four consecutive games this season.
Zack Greinke looked to reverse their fortune against a Nationals team he shutout over eight innings back on July 19. He retired the side in order in the first inning, and Nationals right-hander Joe Ross did the same in the bottom half of the first.
Clint Robinson led off the second inning with base hit, but was quickly erased on a force out. Jayson Werth then advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Greinke worked out of some trouble after Ian Desmond reached on an infield single by retiring the next two batters faced.
Ross issued back-to-back walks in the bottom of the second, putting Andre Ethier and Yasmani Grandal on base with no outs. As has been the case recently, the Dodgers sputtered with Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson and Kiké Hernandez failing to so much as advance the runners.
With one out in the third Yunel Escobar reached on an infield single. He moved to second on Ryan Zimmerman’s two-out base hit, but the Nationals failed to extend the inning as Robinson flied out. Alberto Callaspo broke up Ross’ early no-hit bid with a two-out flare single to left field in the bottom of the third. Callaspo was stranded however, as Adrian Gonzalez went down swinging.
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