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Dodgers outduel Nationals

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Clayton Kershaw won his 10th straight decision, Andre Ethier hit a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Friday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the National League.

Kershaw (2-0) allowed three hits over eight innings with six strikeouts and a walk. The league's reigning Cy Young Award winner became the first Dodgers pitcher to win 10 consecutive decisions since Ramon Martinez from August 1995 through May 1996.

Kershaw also joined Ed Roebuck and Orel Hershiser as the only Dodgers to win 12 decisions in a row at home since the franchise moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958. Kershaw's home streak has spanned 16 starts, with a 1.22 ERA.

The left-hander hasn't lost since last Aug. 7 at Arizona, when the Diamondbacks beat him 4-3 with two-run homers by Kelly Johnson and Cody Ransom.

Kenley Jansen pitched a hitless ninth for his first save of the season, but had to hold his breath until Danny Espinosa's bid for a tying home run landed just foul in right field. Jansen plunked pinch-hitter Chad Tracy with two outs before striking out Jesus Flores.

Ross Detwiler (2-1) allowed three runs and five hits over six innings before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter. The left-hander had allowed only one earned run in 16 innings over his first three starts, a homer by Cincinnati's Ryan Ludwick.

The Nationals, who allowed a major league-low four home runs through their first 19 games -- and only one measly run by their starting pitchers in a span of 34 2-3 innings -- fell behind 2-0 in the first when Ethier drove his fifth homer into the right-field bullpen following Matt Kemp's single.

Ethier leads the majors with 24 RBIs, one more than Kemp, who stranded two runners in scoring position when he grounded out against Ryan Mattheus to end the seventh.

Kemp and Ethier opened the fourth with singles and both runners advanced on Kershaw's sacrifice bunt before Juan Uribe beat out a single to deep shortstop to make it 3-0. But the Nationals broke through against Kershaw in the sixth with a leadoff walk to Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche's home run into the right-field bullpen on an 0-2 pitch.

The Dodgers' bid for an insurance run in the eighth was squelched when Tony Gwynn tried to score from first base on a two-out double into the right-field corner by Uribe and was thrown out on the relay from Mark DeRosa to second baseman Espinosa to Flores.

NOTES: A moment of silence was observed in memory of former Dodger Bill "Moose" Skowron, who died Friday of congestive heart failure at age 81. Skowron portrayed himself in an episode of "Mister Ed" in 1963 during a hilarious scene at Dodger Stadium where Mister Ed hits a pitch from Sandy Koufax with a bat in his mouth and runs around the bases. In the final scene, Mister Ed asks Wilbur Post, his owner, if he might be able to play for the Dodgers someday. Wilbur tells him how unlikely it is that they would sign a horse -- to which Mister Ed replies: "Why not? They've already got a moose." ... The Dodgers recalled RHP Nathan Eovaldi from Double-A Chattanooga and optioned LHP Michael Antonini to Triple-A Albuquerque. ... Washington's three starting pitchers in this series -- Detwiler, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez -- all came in with 2-0 records and ERAs under 1.53. ... Before LaRoche's third homer of the season, no one on the Nationals' roster had hit more than two home runs -- making them the only team with that dubious distinction. ... Ethier's homer was his first off a left-handed pitcher in 75 at-bats since his solo shot against San Diego's Josh Spence on July 10, 2011, at Dodger Stadium.

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Nationals place Ryan Madson on 10-day DL

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Nationals place Ryan Madson on 10-day DL

Ryan Madson is the latest Washington National headed to the DL, turning the team's relief pitching rotation upside down even more than it already is. 

According to MASN's Dan Kolko, the 37-year-old is nursing a "lumbar nerve root irritation" injury and will sit out for 10 days. 

In response, the team has named Koda Glover as the closer, who was promoted from Triple-A Syracuse Wednesday. 

Glover gave up a game-ending solo blast to the Cardinals' Kevin DeJong Monday night. 

The night before, Madson was on the other end of David Bote's walk-off grand slam in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Cubs. 

As for Tuesday night, Glover's status remains unknown

 

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Nationals walked off again, this time by Cardinals' Paul DeJong

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Nationals walked off again, this time by Cardinals' Paul DeJong

ST. LOUIS -- Nationals manager Dave Martinez was awake most of the night after Washington lost on a walk-off grand slam Sunday.

He likely won't be catching up on that missed sleep Monday.

Paul DeJong handed the Nationals their second straight walk-off loss, capping a back-and-forth finish with a game-ending solo homer in the ninth inning of the St. Cardinals' 7-6 victory Monday night.

DeJong took Koda Glover (0-1) deep leading off the ninth on a 3-1 pitch. A night earlier, Ryan Madson allowed a game-ending ninth-inning grand slam to the Chicago Cubs' David Bote in a 4-3 defeat.

"I don't sleep most nights, I like to watch replays of the game," Martinez said. "And last night was no different."

Washington's bullpen has blown saves in three of its past four games. All-Star closer Sean Doolittle has been on the disabled list since early July, and top setup man Kelvin Herrera went to the DL with right rotator cuff impingement last week.

"I don't know what else to do," Martinez said of the bullpen.

The usually stoic DeJong wasn't quite sure how to celebrate his first career walk-off homer. He started calm, keeping his head down as he rounded the bases. After coming around third, though, he whipped his helmet into the grass, threw his arms down and bellowed out a roar.

"My first walkoff, it felt so good I had to do something a little different," DeJong said.

The Cardinals recorded their 10th walkoff of the season and DeJong became the sixth different player to end a game in grand fashion.

"They're all special, all emotional," St. Louis interim manager Mike Shildt said. "These guys have the mentality, `Do your job, keep the line moving.' They have a lot of trust with each other."

The Cardinals have won six in a row and moved to nine games over .500 for the first time this season.

DeJong's 380-foot drive ended a wild final two innings.

Matt Carpenter and Jedd Gyorko homered in the eighth inning to put St. Louis up 6-4. Gyorko started the rally with a leadoff drive, and Carpenter followed with a three-run homer off Sammy Solis.

The Nationals tied it at 6 in the top of the ninth on RBI singles by Daniel Murphy and Matt Wieters off closer Bud Norris. Dakota Hudson (3-0) relieved Norris and stranded two baserunners by retiring Wilmer Difo and Adam Eaton.

Juan Soto and Bryce Harper homered for the Nationals, who have lost five of seven.

Gyorko sparked St. Louis' big eighth inning with his homer off Justin Miller. Kolten Wong and Patrick Wisdom then singled to set up Carpenter's 33rd homer. Carpenter has homered in seven of his past 10 games. He extended his major-league leading on-base streak to 31 games with a first-inning bunt single. He has 17 homers during that string.

Harper won a 10-pitch battle with starter Miles Mikolas by drilling his 29th homer leading off the fourth to lead 2-1.

Ryan Zimmerman added a run-scoring double in the second for the Nationals.

Jose Martinez had four hits for the Cardinals.

Mikolas gave up four runs on four hits over seven innings. He struck out four and walked one.

Tommy Milone started for Washington and gave up two runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings.

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