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Lobaton’s HR, Murphy’s RBIs lift Nats past LA 5-2; NLDS tied

Howard Fendrich
AP Sports Writer

WASHINGTON — Little-used Jose Lobaton hit a three-run homer, Daniel Murphy drove in two runs, and Washington’s bullpen threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings, leading the Nationals past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 Sunday in a rain-postponed Game 2 to even their NL Division Series at 1-all.

Lobaton — a backup catcher playing because Wilson Ramos tore a knee ligament in September — connected with a curveball from Rich Hill in the fourth inning. Murphy went 3 for 3, with RBI singles in the fifth and seventh.

The Dodgers had led 2-0 on Corey Seager’s first-inning homer and Josh Reddick’s run-scoring hit in the third off Tanner Roark, who lasted 4 1/3 innings.

Five Nationals relievers did the rest, with Mark Melancon pitching the ninth to earn the save.

The best-of-five series shifts to LA for Game 3 on Monday.


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