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LAst Night's Action: Dodgers Fall to Nats

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Washington Nationals defeat LA Dodgers 5-4. Chad Billingsley made his first start in since September 13, and he didn’t look to shabby. In fact in five innings he had a no-hitter going. But in the sixth inning, his usual trouble inning, he walked two and then gave up his first hit to Ryan Zimmerman. Unfortunately that hit was a homer that screamed its way out into the Dodgers bullpen. After the Nationals took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth, shortstop Christian Guzman committed two errors to allow the Dodgers to tie the game. With a runner on third in the bottom of the ninth, Pete Orr hit a sac fly to Andre Ethier in right field who muffed the ball which is inconsequential since the runner was going to score anyhow. Thanks to the Rockies losing, the Dodgers REAL magic number is reduced to six.

NY Yankees defeat LA Angels 3-2. The Angels had plenty of chances to come back and win. Down 3-0 in the fifth inning with runners on second and third with no outs, the Angels only scored one run on a groundout. After Gary Matthews, Jr. knocked in a run with a double, the Angels weren’t able to score him in. In fact the Angels were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Meanwhile the Yankees got on Angels starter in the fourth inning when Robinson Cano plated two with an RBI single and Melky Cabrera doubled him home. The Angels outhit the Yankees 10-7, but that don’t count unless you bring the runners home. Going 5-5 in the season series, it breaks the Angels streak of five consecutive series wins against the Bronx Bombers.