A night after being shutout by the Nationals, Joc Pederson hit 2 home runs and Kenta Maeda threw 6 shutout innings as the Dodgers beat the Nats 5-0. The Dodgers also received RBIs from Chris Taylor (triple) and David Freese (two-run homer).
The Dodgers took command of the game right out of the gate against Aníbal Sánchez. In a 3-2 count, Pederson hit a breaking ball deep into the right-center field bleachers. And just like that, 6 pitches into the game, the Dodgers had a 1-0 lead.
The Dodgers added to their lead in the 4th inning when Taylor hit an RBI triple. Taylor, who’s been hot since the beginning of May, hit a little flare that got past a diving Adam Eaton in right field. Alex Verdugo scored from first and Taylor slid into third base with a triple.
An inning later, Pederson added to the Dodger lead with his second homer of the night. This time, Pederson crushed a sinker, hitting it at 113.7 mph and depositing it 402 feet from home plate.
The Dodgers put the finishing touches on their 5-run outburst in the 7th inning when Freese hit a two-run homer. Freese attacked a fastball, driving it the other way and over the right-center field wall.
On the other side of the ball, Maeda shut down the Nationals over 6 innings. He allowed just 1 hit and 2 walks while striking out 6.