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Dodgers Play Small But Win Big over Nationals 8-3

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Lacking the big hits since the All Star Break, the Los Angeles Dodgers resorted to small ball for an 8-3 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Manager Joe Torre all week repeated that the Dodgers had to manufacture more offense in order to be consistent. The team took that to heart and chugged right out of the gate in the first inning. In fact they scored their first run without having gotten a hit.

Scott Podsednik led things off with a walk and stole second base during Ryan Theriot’s at-bat. Theriot laid down a sacrifice bunt that Nationals’ starter Jason Marquis (L, 0-4) couldn’t handle sending Podsednik to third base and stole second base during Andre Ethier’s at-bat. Catcher Wil Nieves overthrew shortstop Ian Desmond covering second allowing Podsednik to score. One run, no hits.

After Ethier walked, James Loney kept the rally going with a 3-2 single to left field with the runners going to score Theriot for the 2-0 lead. Jamey Carroll hit a two-run single for the 4-0 lead, however was caught stealing second to end the rally.

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The Dodgers attempted four stolen bases in the first inning getting caught only once.