Dodgers Defeat Nationals 9-3 as Mookie Betts Collects 5 Hits

Dodgers dominate Nationals 9-3 behind Mookie Betts' 5-hit night and Kike Hernandez's homer. Buehler pitches well as Dodgers extend win streak to 6 games, improving to MLB-best 13-2 record.

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Dodgers Defeat Nationals 9-3 as Mookie Betts Collects 5 Hits

Dodgers Defeat Nationals 9-3 as Mookie Betts Collects 5 Hits

The Los Angeles Dodgers secured a convincing 9-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. Mookie Betts led the offensive charge for the Dodgers, going 5-for-5 at the plate with a double and two runs scored.

Kike Hernandez also made a significant contribution, launching his first home run of the season in the sixth inning.

Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler turned in a solid performance, allowing three runs over six innings while striking out seven batters. The Nationals managed to keep the game close early on, with Juan Soto driving in two runs with a double in the third inning. However, the Dodgers' bats came alive in the middle innings, scoring seven runs between the fourth and sixth frames to break the game open.

In addition to Betts' five-hit night and Hernandez's homer, the Dodgers received production throughout the lineup. Corey Seager went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, while Chris Taylor and Gavin Lux each contributed run-scoring singles. The offensive outburst provided more than enough support for the Dodgers' pitching staff, as the bullpen combination of Blake Treinen, Victor Gonzalez, and Kenley Jansen held the Nationals scoreless over the final three innings.

The loss dropped the Nationals to 5-9 on the season, as they continue to struggle finding consistency on both sides of the ball. Starting pitcher Joe Ross took the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) over 4 1/3 innings. The Nationals will look to regroup as they continue their road trip with a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies starting on Tuesday.

For the Dodgers, the win improved their record to an MLB-best 13-2 and extended their winning streak to six games. Manager Dave Roberts praised his team's balanced attack, stating, "Up and down the lineup, guys are taking good at-bats and contributing. Mookie set the tone tonight, and it was great to see Kike break through with the homer. We're playing good baseball right now."

The Dodgers will aim to keep their hot streak going as they continue their homestand with a two-game interleague series against the Seattle Mariners beginning on Tuesday night. With the Dodgers' current level of play, they seem ready to advance far in the playoffs as they aim to protect their 2020 World Series championship.

Key Takeaways

  • Dodgers defeat Nationals 9-3, led by Mookie Betts' 5-hit game.
  • Dodgers' offense explodes for 7 runs in 4th-6th innings.
  • Buehler pitches 6 innings, allowing 3 runs, while bullpen holds Nationals scoreless.
  • Dodgers improve to MLB-best 13-2 record, extend winning streak to 6 games.
  • Nationals drop to 5-9, continue to struggle with consistency on both sides.