Scherzer solid, Zim­mer­man, Ren­don have three RBIS each

Nats force game 5

Edmonton Sun - - SPORTS -

Ryan Zim­mer­man hit a three-run homer, Anthony Ren­don drove in three runs, and the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als pulled away for a 6-1 win over the visit­ing Los An­ge­les Dodgers in Game 4 of the Na­tional League Di­vi­sion Se­ries on Mon­day night.

Wash­ing­ton evened the best-of-five se­ries at 2-2 and forced a de­ci­sive Game 5 on Wed­nes­day in Los An­ge­les.

Na­tion­als right-han­der Max Scherzer (1-0) stymied the Dodgers over seven qual­ity in­nings on short rest. He gave up one run on four hits while walk­ing three and strik­ing out seven. The 35-year-old threw 72 of 109 pitches for strikes.

Dodgers left-han­der Julio Urias (0-1) gave up three runs on three hits while record­ing only two outs in his relief stint. He was one of five re­liev­ers to fol­low start­ing left-han­der Rich Hill, who al­lowed one run in 2 2/3 in­nings.

The Dodgers opened the scor­ing with Justin Turner’s solo shot in the first in­ning. Turner pulled a 95-m.p.h. fast­ball over the wall in left field for his sec­ond homer of the se­ries and the ninth post­sea­son homer of his ca­reer.

The Na­tion­als pulled even in the third. Ren­don hit a sac­ri­fice fly to left field to drive in Michael A. Tay­lor.

In the fifth, the Na­tion­als added four more runs to seize a 5-1 ad­van­tage. Ren­don sin­gled to left field to drive in Trea Turner, and Zim­mer­man slammed a three-run homer three bat­ters later. Zim­mer­man, who in­creased his to­tal to four ca­reer post­sea­son homers, has 13 post­sea­son RBIS, break­ing a tie with Bryce Harper (10) for the fran­chise record.

Wash­ing­ton padded its lead in the sixth with an­other sac­ri­fice fly from Ren­don, who has four RBIS in four games this se­ries af­ter tal­ly­ing 126 RBIS dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son to lead the ma­jors.

Los An­ge­les loaded the bases with one out in the sev­enth, but the come­back bid stalled when Chris Tay­lor struck out swing­ing and Joc Ped­er­son grounded out.

Left-han­der Sean Doolit­tle and right-han­der Daniel Hud­son com­bined for two score­less in­nings of relief for the Na­tion­als.

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