Dodgers visit White House, beat Nationals, seventh straight win
WASHINGTON – Mookie Betts hit a lead single during a nine-run rally in the seventh inning after Washington ace Max Scherzer left, and the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Nationals 10-5 on Friday night to his seventh consecutive victory.
The Nationals lost slugger Kyle Schwarber in the second inning when he grabbed his hamstring after a single. He hit a franchise-record 16 home runs in June.
The Dodgers went to the White House in the morning to meet with President Joe Biden and celebrate their 2020 World Series title.
Hours later, Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer was placed on administrative leave for seven days by Major League Baseball. Earlier this week, a woman made an assault charge against the current Cy Young Award winner.
Police and MLB are investigating the allegation. Bauer’s agents have disputed his version. Bauer was not with the Dodgers in the White House.
Starter Julio Urías (10-3) allowed an earned run in six innings.
Scherzer also allowed just one earned run in six innings and struck out eight, but the Dodgers forced him to work for it. He threw 100 pitches and was forced to give in to a battered Nationals bullpen to start the seventh with the Nationals leading 3-1.
Left-handed reliever Sam Clay (0-1) ran into trouble when he replaced Scherzer. Chris Taylor hit an opening double, a dribbler by pinch-hitter Albert Pujols scored it and Austin Barnes was hit by a pitch.
The Nationals called up Austin Voth to replace Clay and allowed four earned runs without retiring a batter.
Betts hit a two-run single for a 4-3 lead, Taylor added a two-run single and AJ Pollock capped the rally with a two-run home run.
The The Dodgers won despite making four errors. A wild throw from third baseman Justin Turner allowed two runs to score in second and a sacrifice fly by the newly named Humberto Arteaga put Washington up 3-0 in the second.
Nationals: INF Jordy Mercer (right quadriceps strain) was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Friday, retroactive to July 1. Arteaga was called and RHP Steven Fuentes (right shoulder strain) was called and placed on the 60-day injured. ready.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Los Angeles LZ Clayton Kershaw (9-7, 3.25 ERA) faces Washington RHP Paolo Espino (2-2, 2.02) in Game 3 of the four-game series.
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