7-run 6th inning propels Dodgers past Nats in NLDS Game 3
A pitchers’ duel quickly turned ugly on the Washington Nationals as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for seven two-out runs in the top of the sixth inning in Game 3 of the NLDS at Nats Park Sunday night en route to a 10-4 victory.
With the win, the Dodgers take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series, pushing the Nats to the brink of elimination in Game 4 Monday night.
Washington struck first, as Adam Eaton walked with one out in the first and two batters later Juan Soto homered to straightaway center field to put the Nats up 2-0.
The Dodgers cut the lead in half on a Max Muncy solo shot with two outs in the fifth. Nats starter Anibal Sanchez allowed just that one run through five innings of work before giving way to Patrick Corbin in the sixth.
Corbin seemed like he might get out of trouble, with just one on and two outs. But David Freese hit a pinch-single against the shift and Russell Martin tattooed a two-strike, hanging slider to the left-center gap to score two runs and push Los Angeles in front. After walking pinch-hitter Chris Taylor, another pinch hitter, Kiké Hernandez, hit another two-run double to nearly the same spot to make it 5-2 Dodgers.
Wander Suero came on to face Justin Turner, who slugged a 3-2 pitch on the same line as the two doubles but well over the wall, capping the seven-run frame, the largest in Dodgers postseason history. Each of the first eight Dodger runs scored with two outs and two strikes.
The Nats scratched back for two runs in the bottom of the frame to make it 8-4, but Howie Kendrick was caught trying to advance to third base on Asdrubal Cabrera’s sacrifice fly, extinguishing what could have been a bigger rally.
Martin homered off Nats reliever Hunter Strickland with a runner on in the ninth to provide the final margin.
The series returns to Nats Park for Game 4 Monday at 6:40 p.m. as Max Scherzer takes on Rich Hill, with the Nationals needing a win to force a decisive Game 5 in LA Wednesday night.