By Michael Marzzacco
Tanner Roark was putting together a strong start. He struck out five batters and went eight innings before one bad pitch resulted in a wasted effort for the Nats right handed pitcher. Facing Yasmani Grandal with two on, Ross threw a center-cut 94 mph fastball that landed into the centerfield bleachers. It was all the Dodgers needed as they stole a 3-2 win.
The bats of Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa provided the offense on what was an otherwise quiet night for the Nats bats. The Nats went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position, Wilson Ramos was thrown out at the plate in the eighth inning. Harper drilled his 15th home run of the season in the first inning. Espinosa’s solo shot in the fifth was his 13th and that gave the Nats the early 2-0 edge.
Washington will look to salvage at least one game in the three game set tonight at 10:10.