• 57°

Nationals beat Dodgers in uneven matchup of Scherzer, Kershaw

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Max Scherzer scattered four hits over six innings against Clayton Kershaw in the 13th all-time meeting of three-time Cy Young Award winners and the Washington Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 on Friday night.
Scherzer (4-1) struck out nine and walked a season-high three in the first such matchup since 2006.
Kershaw (1-3) gave up four runs and nine hits in seven innings while striking out a season-low four against no walks.
Washington improved to 7-3 on the road and ended the Dodgers’ four-game winning streak.
Sean Doolittle pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
The Nationals wasted no time in getting to Kershaw.
Trea Turner doubled on his first pitch — a 91 mph fastball — to open the game. After Howie Kendrick flied out, Bryce Harper banged an 87-mph, first-pitch slider into right field for an RBI single. He took second on Kershaw’s wild pitch. Ryan Zimmerman followed with an RBI double to center for a 2-0 lead.
Kershaw retired 11 in a row after his messy start in front of 50,211 on an unseasonable 62-degree evening.
Scherzer also gave up a hit to start the game, a triple by Chris Taylor. After hitting Corey Seager in the right leg, he retired the next three batters, striking out two.
The Nats bailed out Scherzer in the third. After striking out Kershaw, he walked Taylor and hit Seager for the second time before the defense turned Yasmani Grandal’s grounder into an inning-ending double play.
Washington added a run in the fifth on Michael Taylor’s bunt single to Kershaw that beat the shift. Kershaw first looked helpless as he searched for someone to throw to and then annoyed when no one covered first.
Kershaw gave up three singles to center in the sixth. Taylor’s RBI came with two outs and had Kershaw ducking to avoid being hit as the Nats extended their lead to 4-0.
Washington made it 5-2 in the eighth after Pedro Baez gave up his third bases-loaded walk of the season to Wilmer Difo with two outs. Baez exited to boos.
Yasiel Puig snapped the Dodgers’ 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position streak with a two-out, two-strike RBI single in the sixth that made it 4-1.
Los Angeles trailed 4-2 in the seventh on Yasmani Grandal’s single off Sammy Solis. The Dodgers had the potential tying runs on and go-ahead run at the plate when pinch-hitter Matt Kemp grounded into a fielder’s choice to second that ended the threat.
TRAINER’S ROOM
Nationals: OF Adam Eaton (left ankle bone bruise) hit in the batting cage and ran and is close to returning. … 3B Anthony Rendon (day-to-day with toe injury) took ground balls and hit on the field. He is likely to play this weekend.
Dodgers: INF Justin Turner (left wrist fracture) took ground balls and hit off a tee for the first time. He says his soreness is dissipating, although no date has been set for a rehab appearance. … INF Logan Forsythe (right shoulder inflammation) took swings in the cage, but still has fatigue in his shoulder. … LHP Rich Hill was supposed to start Friday, but is on the DL with a cracked nail on his middle left finger.
UP NEXT
RHP Stephen Strasburg (2-1, 3.08 ERA) starts for the Nats against LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0, 2.87) on Saturday. The Nats won both matchups against Ryu last season, 4-2 in LA and 7-1 in Washington. Ryu didn’t factor in the road loss.
___
More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

Comments

East Spencer

East Spencer draws crowd for annual community day

Elections

In Rowan’s legislative races, Howard, Warren get off to strongest start in fundraising

Business

From Navy SEAL to Medicare agent, Trent Waller looks to continue serving his community

Elections

In 13th Congressional District race, Budd, Huffman differ on government’s role in COVID-19 help

Local

Rowan County Telecommunications joins new state digital 911 system

Education

School board will consider scheduling public hearings for Faith, Enochville closures

Business

Biz Roundup: Food Lion makes donation to support racial equality and justice

Elections

Republicans rally supporters at Saturday lunch

Elections

Budd holds wide lead over Huffman in fundraising, cash on hand

BREAKING NEWS

UPDATED: 1 shot, 5 in custody after shooting at haunted house that attracted 1,000 visitors

Nation/World

Trump picks conservative Amy Coney Barrett to fill Supreme Court seat

Coronavirus

Deadly September propels Rowan County to 100 deaths from COVID-19

Crime

Highway Patrol charges man in hit-and-run after finding vehicle hidden in woods

Elections

NC elections board, Republicans at odds over absentee ballot rule changes

News

Voters struggling with witness rules in early voting

News

Trump expected to announce conservative Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

Coronavirus

County reports COVID-19 percent positive rate of 8%

Local

Rowan County United Way sets $1.5 million goal at drive-in kickoff event

Crime

Blotter: Adult daughters accused of beating up mother

China Grove

China Grove firefighters injured after truck overturns

Business

Salisbury VA to reopen entry, exit gates

Crime

Sheriff’s Office looking for suspect in Burlington Coat Factory theft

Elections

Requests for absentee ballots top 9,000 in Rowan

Local

Spencer approves supplemental USDA loan for Park Plaza project