Nats blow late lead, get swept in LA

The Dodgers celebrate a walk-off win and a sweep over Washington. (Harry How/Getty Images)

By Michael Marzzacco

The Nationals once again blew a late lead. Unlike the previous night where it was a bad pitch in the eighth inning, Washington met their doom in the ninth and it came on a fielding error by Michael Taylor.

The Dodges took a 1-0 lead in the first after Nats starting pitcher Joe Ross uncorked a wild pitch that scored Chase Utley from third. The Nationals responded in the second. Danny Espinosa hit a double off the top of the centerfield wall. It nearly cleared the fence for a two run homer but instead it resulted in a double that scored Ryan Zimmerman. Ross helped his own cause, perhaps making up for the wild pitch in the previous inning, when he doubled into right field to bring home Espinosa that gave Washington a 2-1 lead.

The Dodgers tied the game in the third on a home run by Corey Seager. In the top of the eighth, the Nats took a 3-2 lead with a home run by Wilson Ramos into the bleachers in left field. It was his 12th of the season.

Shawn Kelley looked to close it out in the ninth. With Howie Kendrick on base Yasiel Puig looked to be the hero. Puig got a base hit with a sharp ground ball into centerfield. While Taylor was charging the ball he let it go under his glove which allowed Puig to race around the bases for a walk-off inside the park home run to give the Dodgers a 3-2 win and sweep the Nats.

Washington looks to bounce back from their five game skid, their longest of the season, this weekend in Milwaukee.


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