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NLDS Game 3: Late Rally Secures Nats Win And 2-1 Series Lead

in game three of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

in game three of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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.

Corey Seager hit a RBI double off of Nats’ starter Gio Gonzalez on a fly ball to right field to send home Justin Turner for LA’s 1-0 lead.

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.

Up Next:

The Dodgers will host Game 4 on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 5:00pm EST. (Pitching matchups are TBA)

Top Performers:

Washington Nationals

Jayson Werth: 3 for 4/ 2 R/ 2 RBIs/ DBL/HR

Ryan Zimmerman: 2 for 4/ DBL/ 2 RBIs

LA Dodgers

Corey Seager: 1 for 4/ HR

Joc Pederson: 1 for 4/ R

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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