NLDS Even Up At One Apiece

We had to wait an extra day, but the Nationals took care of business Sunday afternoon, with a 5-2 win over the Dodgers. The best of five series now heads to Los Angeles for games three and four, tied at one game apiece.

The Nats trailed early on as LA scored in the first and third off of starter Tanner Roark for a 2-0 lead. Washington was fortunate to stay within striking distance, as LA left the bases loaded in the second, third and fifth frames. Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager who homered in his first at bat in game one on Friday night, did it again.

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Dodgers starter Rich Hill was cruising along until the fourth, when catcher Jose Lobaon unloaded a three-run bomb, giving the Nats the lead for good.

Daniel Murphy accounted for the other Nationals runs, going three-for-three, plating the other two runs, while also drawing a walk and scoring. Blake Treinen earned the win in relief, with closer Mark Melancon working the ninth for a save. Hill took the loss for Los Angeles.

Nationals are now 2-5 all-time in home playoff games. Due to the rain postponement, the clubs lose the travel day, with game three at 4 PM Eastern Monday afternoon. Gio Gonzalez will toe the rubber for the Nats, while the Dodgers counter with Kenta Maeda. Game four is scheduled for 5 PM Eastern on Tuesday, rookie phenom Julio Urias the scheduled starter for Los Angeles, while the Nats have yet to announce their hurler. Game five, if necessary, is back at Nationals Park on Thursday, LA is going with game one starter Clayton Kershaw, if the series reaches five.