WASHINGTON — The Nationals answered the Dodgers on Sunday, responding to a Game 1 loss with a confident 5-2 victory in Game 2 of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park.
The series now tied at one game apiece, the Nationals and Dodgers will head to Los Angeles to play Game 3 on short rest Monday, after Game 2 — originally scheduled for Saturday — was postponed one day due to inclement weather in D.C.
The Dodgers again struck first when shortstop Corey Seager hit a solo home run off Tanner Roark in the first inning. It was the second time this series Seager has hit a home run on his first at-bat after also homering off Max Scherzer in the first inning in Game 1.
Josh Reddick drove in Justin Turner from second on a single to right field to give the Dodgers a 2-0 early lead in the third inning.
The Nationals responded in the fourth, when Jose Lobaton came through with a three-run homer, crushing a hanging curveball from starting pitcher Rich Hill to left field, driving in Daniel Murphy and Danny Espinosa for Washington’s first lead of the game at 3-2.
The Nationals added insurance runs in the fifth and seventh innings. In the fifth, after singles from Trea Turner and Bryce Harper to put runners on first and third, Murphy singled to center field to score Turner and move Harper to third.
In the seventh, Werth doubled to left field off left-handed reliever Grant Dayton, and would be driven in on the next at-bat, resulting in a single to left by Murphy and a 5-2 Nationals lead.
Nationals reliever Blake Treinen earned the win and Hill was given the loss. Oliver Perez is credited with a hold after getting two outs in the eighth and Mark Melancon earned the save in the ninth.