NLDS Game 3: Late Rally Secures Nats Win And 2-1 Series Lead
- Updated: October 10, 2016
After rain postponed Game 2 a day later, the Washington Nationals and LA Dodgers jetted across the country in less than twenty-four hours for Monday’s matinée.
Although the Dodgers took an early lead, the Nationals homered their way back and secured the win with a late rally for the 8-3 win and take a 2-1 series lead over the Dodgers.
Kenta Maeda, who started for the Dodgers, cruised through two innings but faltered in the top of the third which started with a RBI double by Jayson Werth to send home Trea Turner to tie the game at one. Bryce Harper then gave the Nationals the lead with a RBI single on a line drive to right for the 2-1 lead. But, it was a two-run homer on a fly ball to right by Anthony Rendon for the 4-1 ballgame.
Maeda was then done for the day after three innings of work with four runs allowed on five hits; walking two and striking out four hitters.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Dodgers cut the deficit with a Carlos Ruiz pinch-hit two-run homer on a fly ball to left field for a 4-3 game.
That was enough for the Nats as they took Gonzalez out after four and one-third innings, allowing three runs on four hits; walking one and striking out four.
In the top of the ninth, Washington secured the win and the series’ advantage first with a solo homerun on a fly ball to left. It was then a two-run double by Ryan Zimmerman and a sac fly by Chris Heisey that brought in four more runs.
The Dodgers will host Game 4 on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 5:00pm EST. (Pitching matchups are TBA)
Jayson Werth: 3 for 4/ 2 R/ 2 RBIs/ DBL/HR
Ryan Zimmerman: 2 for 4/ DBL/ 2 RBIs
Corey Seager: 1 for 4/ HR
Joc Pederson: 1 for 4/ R
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