Nationals defeat Dodgers 5-3 in completion of suspended game
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pinch-hitter Matt den Dekker lined a two-run homer in the eighth inning that lifted the Washington Nationals over the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Saturday, completing a game suspended a day earlier after the fifth because of a lighting malfunction.
The game was delayed three times Friday night by a bank of lights on the third-base side that kept going out, and finally stopped with Washington ahead 3-2. The Nationals said Saturday that a faulty circuit breaker caused the outage.
When play resumed, Adrian Gonzalez hit his second homer of the game, a tying shot in the Dodgers sixth.
Den Dekker hit his second homer of the season and the first of his career as a pinch hitter. The two-out drive into the second deck came against Pedro Baez (2-2).
Yunel Escobar homered and doubled twice for Washington.
Casey Janssen (1-2) pitched one inning. Drew Storen picked up his 28th save after allowing the first two batters to reach base in the ninth.