Zimmerman’s blast keys Nats 6-1 Game 4 win over Dodgers
Ryan Zimmerman homered as the Washington Nationals batted around in the fifth inning and scored four runs to break a 1-1 tie, en route to a season-saving, 6-1 Game 4 NLDS win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nats Park Monday night. The teams will play a winner-take-all Game 5 Wednesday in Los Angeles.
Anthony Rendon put the Nats ahead in the fifth with a one-out, bloop single to score Adam Eaton. Then, with two on and two out, Ryan Zimmerman hit a Pedro Baez fastball high and deep to straightaway center field, the ball landing on the turf batters eye just beyond the wall for a three-run shot to put Washington up 5-1.
Max Scherzer exorcised some of his playoff demons, throwing seven innings of one-run ball and narrowly escaping a bases-loaded jam to finish the seventh with the Nats ahead 6-1. One pitch after Joc Pederson looped a potential bases-clearing, broken-bat poke an inch foul down the right field line, he rolled over to second base to end the threat.
The Dodgers put the Nats in an early hole, as Justin Turner homered for the second straight night, taking Scherzer deep in the top of the first inning.
Washington looked on the brink of a big rally in the third, loading the bases with one out for Rendon. His deep fly to left was good for a sacrifice fly, but after reloading the bases and knocking starter Rich Hill from the game, the Nats had to settle for just the one run, tying the game 1-1.
The Nats added on after the four-run outburst, taking advantage of a wind-blown double off the bat of Trea Turner leading off the sixth. Rendon plated his third RBI of the game on his second sacrifice fly, which Cody Bellinger hauled in at the wall in center.
Sean Doolittle and Daniel Hudson combined to log the final six outs for the Nationals.
Game 5 Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. will match up Walker Buehler, who won Game 1 for the Dodgers, against Stephen Strasburg, who won Game 2 for the Nats.