Chris Capuano on Sunday picked up where Saturday's starting pitching duel left off, and James Loney made a suddenly wild Gio Gonzalez pay, as the Dodgers finished off their sweep of the Nationals with a 2-0 win Sunday at Dodger Stadium.
Gonzalez in each of his last three starts allowed no runs and just two hits each time, and through five innings on Sunday that's exactly what the Dodgers had. But in the bottom of the sixth inning, consecutive one-out walks to Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Juan Uribe set the stage for Loney's heroics.
Loney's single to left field not only gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead but ended Gonzalez's scoreless streak at 25 innings.
Capuano retired the first nine batters he faced, but Ian Desmond lined a ball off the left field bullpen gate for a leadoff double in the top of the fourth inning, maybe five feet from a solo home run. After Desmond was sacrificed to third, Capuano got out of the inning with a pair of strikeouts, wrapped around a walk to the red-hot Adam LaRoche.
Capuano ended his day with a season-high nine strikeouts and just five baserunners allowed (three hits, two walks) in his 6 2/3 scoreless innings, picking up his third win of the season. He has 25 strikeouts in his last 25 innings over four starts, with a 1.80 ERA.
After Josh Lindblom continued to impress by recording four outs in the seventh and eighth, Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save of the weekend. Given manager Don Mattingly's staunch defense of Javy Guerra as closer before the game, I would have thought Guerra was simply unavailable to pitch, but Guerra began warming up in the ninth after Jansen's first six pitches all missed the strike zone.
For the second consecutive day, a Nationals left fielder picked up his first major league hit in his major league debut. Tyler Moore did the honors on Sunday, one day after Bryce Harper did the same on Saturday night. Harper, who started in center field Sunday, made an outstanding running catch against the wall to rob Uribe of an RBI double in the fourth inning.
Home Runs: none
WP - Chris Capuano (3-0): 6 2/3 IP, 3 hits, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts
LP - Gio Gonzalez (2-1): 6 IP, 3 hits, 2 runs, 5 walks, 7 strikeouts
Sv - Kenley Jansen (2): 1 IP, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts