Dodgers vs. Nationals: Add another year to LA's title drought

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts removes Rich Hill from Game 4 of the 2019 NLDS

Brad Mills USA TODAY Sports

I'll bank 10 runs in the first.

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner throws out Washington's Kurt Suzuki at first base as pitcher Walker Buehler ducks to avoid the throw during the second inning against the Nationals.

While the Dodgers failed to match the Braves, they jumped on the Washington Nationals early.

The Dodgers will hope for a familiar ending but a better beginning.

As it turned out, the ball had gone through the fence at Dodger Stadium.

Pederson went the other way on a 1-1 fastball and the ball seemed to disappear as it came down against the wall.

Any letdown was immediately erased when Max Muncy collected his first career hit against Stephen Strasburg by driving a two-run home to right-center field. Cody Bellinger leads the club with 47 while slugging.628 with 84 extra-base hits. In 2016 the Nationals were not expecting Clayton to come out of the bullpen and Dave Roberts before the game said there was no way that he would pitch.

The Nationals are 43-38 in road games.

One pitch later, Juan Soto went yard to tie the game. The seven-time defending NL West champion Dodgers, who led the NL with 106 wins, remain without a World Series title since 1988.

The Nationals managed to scratch in the sixth when Anthony Rendon's leadoff double was followed by an RBI single from Soto. Buehler pitched into the seventh inning but was removed after issuing a two-out walk.

To start, Clayton Kershaw is expected to come out of the bullpen this time.

Three-time Cy Young Award victor Clayton Kershaw blew a 3-1 lead by allowing homers to Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto on consecutive pitches in the eighth.

It was a stunning turn of events as it appeared that the Dodgers were going to cruise to a win and the NLCS.

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