The Bakersfield Californian

5 homers lift Nats past LA


LOS ANGELES — Luis García hit a tiebreakin­g three-run homer in the eighth inning, Keibert Ruiz added two more of Washington’s five homers, and the Nationals avoided a series sweep with a 10-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.

García had been in a 2-for-22 slump since his six-hit game against Kansas City last week, but he connected for a two-out, two-strike shot down the right field line off Brusdar Graterol (2-2) to put Washington up 8-5.

Ruiz, the former Dodgers prospect traded in a package for Max Scherzer and Trea Turner in 2021, homered in the second and ninth innings, giving him three in the last two games.

Jeimer Candelario homered and drove in three runs, and CJ Abrams also homered for the Nationals, who overcame an early three-run deficit to beat the Dodgers for only the fourth time in the clubs’ last 16 meetings. Hunter Harvey pitched two innings for his third save.

Mookie Betts hit his 40th leadoff homer and added another solo shot in the eighth for the Dodgers, who lost at home for only the second time in 15 games since late April. Will Smith added a two-run shot in the first inning, but NL-leading Los Angeles’ home record dropped to 19-8 on manager Dave Roberts’ 51st birthday.

Freddie Freeman capped his spectacula­r month by extending his hitting streak to 20 games while going 2 for 4 with two stolen bases. Freeman batted .400 in May and set the Dodgers franchise records with 24 extra-base hits and 17 doubles.

J.D. Martinez extended his own hitting streak to 15 games, but the Dodgers’ vaunted lineup couldn’t overcome another rocky day from their up-and-down pitching staff. Los Angeles’ opponents have scored at least 10 runs in three of the last 10 games.

Noah Syndergaar­d struggled yet again for LA, blowing two leads while allowing five runs, seven hits and two walks over five innings with just two strikeouts. The once-intimidati­ng righthande­r has a 6.54 ERA after allowing multiple runs in nine consecutiv­e starts, not counting one appearance that lasted only one inning because of injury.

Patrick Corbin yielded seven hits and four walks over five bumpy innings for the Nationals.

Candelario put Washington up 5-4 with a two-run shot in the fifth. Chris Taylor then drew a seventh-inning walk from Kyle Finnegan (2-2) on a pitch clock violation and stole second before scoring on Miguel Rojas’ broken-bat single.

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