Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Denard Span homered twice to lead the
Washington Nationals to a 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday in
the opener of a three-game set.
Asdrubal Cabrera also homered in the win, while Jayson Werth homered and stole
In the last four games, the Nationals have hit 14 home runs.
"It's not something that we live by. We manufacture better than we hit homers,
but we'll take them," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "You can't give
them back. We'll try to win games however we can."
Gio Gonzalez (7-9) snapped a career-long nine-start winless drought after he
allowed three runs on three hits over six-plus innings. The southpaw hadn't
won since July 5.
Roberto Hernandez (8-10), who gave up just one unearned run against the
Nationals in his previous two starts this season while with Philadelphia,
surrendered five runs on five hits -- four home runs -- over 4 1/3 innings.
"You get behind in too many counts and you've got to pay," Dodgers manager Don
Mattingly said. "You help them a lot by continuing to get behind in the
Matt Kemp homered among his two hits and drove in two for the Dodgers, who
lead San Francisco by two games in the NL West.
Werth homered in the first to give Washington an early 1-0 lead. Kemp
answered, however, with a two-run blast in the home half to give LA the lead.
The home run barrage continued as Cabrera lifted a solo shot over the wall in
left-center to tie the game at 2-2 in the third, then Span cranked a homer out
to right-center two batters later for a 3-2 lead. Span added a two-run shot,
his fourth homer of the season, in the fifth that scored Cabrera.
Anthony Rendon's RBI double in the seventh gave Washington a four-run lead.
Kemp singled to begin the home seventh, just Los Angeles' second hit of the
night, and Scott Van Slyke followed with a base hit that chased Gonzalez from
the game. Drew Storen came in from the bullpen.
Juan Uribe knocked in Kemp with a single after Yasiel Puig grounded out to cut
the deficit to 6-3.
Rafael Soriano gave up an RBI single to Uribe in the ninth and stranded
runners at the corners with a strikeout of Joc Pederson for his 31st save of
Rendon also stole two bases in the win ... Washington leads Atlanta by seven
games in the NL East ... Gonzalez doubled in the seventh and scored on
Rendon's two-bagger ... Rendon has 35 doubles this season.