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Dodgers back in sync, shut out Nationals

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Friday night’s victory puts them 11 games over .500

Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

After getting shutout by the Nationals in game one of the series, the Dodgers responded by handing them a shutout of their own.

The Dodgers were able to repeat the formula that has been working so beautifully for them this season: Solid pitching + home runs = W.

On Friday night, this was executed perfectly.

Starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, who has been struggling to see the strike zone, was finally able to find his groove again. He threw six one-hit innings to give the Dodgers a comfortable cushion on offense. The right-handed pitcher struck out six batters while walking two in his solid start.

Lefty Julio Urías was able to maintain the shut out through his three innings pitched and snag the save. Urías came in to relieve Maeda with a three-run lead in the seventh inning and quickly retired the side. But it was the eighth inning that saw him get into a bit of a sticky situation. He allowed back-to-back base hits to lead off. After recording two outs, he hit the following batter to load the bases. With the batter representing the lead run, Max Muncy was able to make an incredible diving play to end the inning.

Fueling the Dodgers offense was home runs.

Joc Pederson got the party started, sending out a lead off homer to give the Dodgers an immediate 1-0 lead. He would continue this trend in the fifth inning, with another solo dinger. Pederson’s two home runs on Friday bump his season home run count to 12.

But wait, there’s more!

David Freese hit a two-run shot to the opposite field to extend the lead to five runs for Urías.

Chris Taylor did contribute to the final score, driving in Alex Verdugo as the second run by way of a triple in the fourth inning.

All in all, this was another team victory for the Dodgers. Pitching, hitting and fielding were all working in harmony to notch the 26th victory of the season.

Up next

The Dodgers look to get ahead in the series with another victory on Saturday, sending Walker Buehler to the mound to face Max Scherzer. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10. See you on the game thread!