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Nationals defeat Dodgers 5-3 in completion of suspended game

July 18, 2015

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.

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