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Chase Utley’s RBI Single Leads The Dodgers To Victory

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Tuesday night’s showdown between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals went back and forth until the Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley put Los Angeles up for good.

In the bottom of the 8th with the score tied 5-5, Chase Utley stepped up to the plate with 2 outs and runners on first and second. Utley worked to make the count 1 and 2, then the Nationals pitcher Blake Treinen threw a slider that slung into the bottom of the strike zone. Utley hit a hard ground ball just past Daniel Murphy’s glove and went into right center field. Andrew Toles hustled around the bases to give the Dodgers a 6-5 lead going into the top of the 9th.

In the top of the 9th Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen took the mound and retired all three batters in the ninth, two of which were strikeouts, tying up the series at 2-2 and sending a game 5 back to Nationals Park.

The Dodgers started Clayton Kershaw, on just 3 days rest, but he pitched well until the 7th inning. Kershaw went 6 2/3 innings, giving up 7 hits and 5 runs while posting 11 strikeouts. In the 7th inning 2 hits by Danny Espinosa and Trea Turner got runners on first and second, then Kershaw issued a walk to Bryce Harper to load the bases, this ended Kershaw’s night.

The Dodgers bullpen didn’t help, Kershaw’s replacement was right hander Pedro Baez whose first pitch hit Jayson Werth sending in a run. Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts immediately switched to the left hander Luis Avilan, but that didn’t help either. Avilan’s second pitch to Daniel Murphy was slapped into left field, tying the game at 5.

The Nationals pitching wasn’t much better, the Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross only pitched 2 2/3 innings giving up 3 hits and 4 runs. Washington’s relief pitchers gave up another run on a double to left field by Joc Pederson in the 5th inning.

Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy went 2-3 and accounted for 4 RBIs in the loss. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw also got it done at the plate, hitting a double that sparked a 2 run 3rd inning for Los Angeles.

Game 5 will be played at Nationals Park on Thursday, October 13th at 4:00 PM (CT) and will be televised on Fox Sports 1. The expected starters are Max Scherzer and Rich Hill.