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Dodgers Highlights: JD Martinez, Freddie Freeman Extend Hitting Streaks, Tony Gonsolin Cruises as LA Wins Again

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 9-3 on Tuesday, taking the series with one game still to go. Tony Gonsolin got the win after another strong outing while Freddie Freeman, J.D. Martinez and Jason Heyward led the Dodgers offense. LA is now 34-22 on the year, holding the best record in the National League.

Let’s get into the highlights.

After a scoreless 1st inning all around, Heyward announced his arrival to the game leading off the 2nd inning. The 33-year-old crushed an outside curveball 403 feet to right-center field, giving the Dodgers the early 1-0 lead.

It didn’t take long for the Nationals to respond, though. The Nats quickly loaded the bases in the 3rd inning, and brought home a run on an RBI single. Fortunately, it was limited to just that, as two flyouts ended the inning and limited the damage.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning, the top of the order got to work for the Dodgers. Mookie Betts singled, Freddie Freeman singled to extend his hitting streak to 19 games and then Max Muncy brought Betts in with an RBI ground-rule double.

J.D. Martinez hit a sacrifice fly to score in Freeman, and then it was Heyward’s turn to come through — and he did again. An RBI single from Heyward made it 4-1 Dodgers, and raised his OPS to .819 on the year.

Gonsolin was the story for the next couple innings. He shut down the Nats’ bats, finishing his night after six dominant innings, allowing just one earned run. However, he was taken out after those six innings, despite being at just 70 pitches.

That proved to be trouble, as Alex Vesia made his return to the MLB mound, and served up a home run to former Dodgers top prospect Keibert Ruiz on the very first pitch of the 7th inning. The issues didn’t stop there, though, as a double and single brought home another run, making it 4-3 Dodgers. Vesia walked another batter and ended up being removed with two outs in the 7th.

Evan Phillips replaced Vesia and needed just two pitches to get the final out of the 7th, stranding runners on first and second base.

The Dodgers needed some insurance runs in the bottom of the 7th, and they came courtesy of the red-hot Martinez. He crushed a two-run home run to center field, giving the Dodgers a 6-3 lead and extending his home run streak to three games.

Phillips retired all four batters he faced, and the Dodgers padded the lead in the bottom of the 8th inning thanks to some horrible defense by the Nationals and none other than Freddie Freeman.

In his fifth at-bat of the game, Freeman got his fourth hit, this one a home run to left-center field. He’s so beyond good.

Justin Bruihl came in to finish up the game, and that’s exactly what he did. Dodgers win 9-3.

Up Next

The Dodgers and Nationals play the series finale on Wednesday. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m. PT. Noah Syndergaard is taking the mound for the Dodgers, going up against Patrick Corbin of the Nationals. The DOdgers are going for the sweep.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.

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