Nationals 10, Dodgers 4


WASHINGTON (AP) – Nick Johnson hit two home runs and the Washington Nationals completed their first winning homestand of the season, blowing the game open with a five-run third inning Sunday in a 10-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Johnson hit solo homers in the sixth and the eighth inning to help the Nationals finish the homestand 7-3, a remarkable turnaround from their 3-10 record at RFK Stadium. Washington took series from Baltimore, Houston and the Dodgers. It was Johnson’s third multihomer game this season. He has 12 homers this season.

Ryan Zimmerman and Alfonso Soriano also homered, Marlon Anderson hit his first triple in three years, and Ramon Ortiz won his third straight start.

Ortiz (3-4), back to form after going 0-4 over his first seven starts, allowed three runs and four hits over seven innings, with five strikeouts and three walks. A bloop double off left fielder Soriano’s glove was the Dodgers’ only hit until the sixth, when Olmedo Saenz capped a three-run inning with his fifth home run.

Pitching has been the Dodgers’ strength during their recent hot streak, but the Nationals battered Brett Tomko on Friday and Jae Seo on Sunday into their shortest outings of the season. Seo (2-3) lasted 2 2-3 innings, allowing seven hits and six runs, and the Los Angeles’ streak of six straight series wins came to an end.

Soriano walked and scored in the first and hit his 18th home run in the fourth. His 11 homers this month ties the franchise record for the month of May.

The big inning was the third, when the Nationals got six hits. Rookie Zimmerman’s eight home run was a three-run shot, and Anderson’s triple was followed by Brian Schneider’s sacrifice fly. Marlon Byrd doubled and scored on Mike Vento’s first major league hit.

Vento, who played briefly in the field Saturday in his Nationals debut, singled again in the fifth and scored.

Because of injuries, the Dodgers fielded a starting lineup with four rookies: second baseman Willy Aybar, center fielder Matt Kemp, left fielder Andre Ethier and catcher Russell Martin. Kemp, making his major league debut after a call-up from Double-A, struck out three times before hitting a single in his last at-bat.

Absent were J.D. Drew and Jeff Kent. Drew missed his second game with a sore shoulder, and Kent sat out with a sprained left wrist. Also, Kenny Lofton was given a day off from the starting lineup to rest his hamstrings, although he walked and scored as a pinch hitter in the eighth.

Notes: Nationals reliever Jon Rauch hit two batters in the eighth, including one with the bases loaded. … Soriano’s 11 homers in May ties the team record set by Henry Rodriguez in 1996. … Dodgers 1B Nomar Garciaparra got another hit with a man on second, raising his average with runners in scoring position to .447. … Washington 2B Jose Vidro was given the day off. … Nationals INF Matt LeCroy was received a cortisone shot for his sore right elbow and is day to day.

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