Lobaton, Nationals beat Dodgers, 5-2

Published 2:22 am Monday, October 10, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.
Cubs 5, Giants 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Travis Wood took over when starter Kyle Hendricks got hurt and became the first relief pitcher since 1924 to hit a postseason home run, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 Saturday night for 2-0 NL Division Series lead.
Ben Zobrist put Chicago ahead in the first with a run-scoring single off former Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, and Hendricks hit a two-run single in a three-run second.
Hendricks left with a 4-2 lead in the fourth when he was hit on the right forearm by Angel Pagan’s line drive.
Wood struck out Conor Gillaspie to strand Pagan, then sent a one-out drive into the left-field bleachers in the bottom half. The only other reliever to homer was the New York Giants’ Rosy Ryan in Game 3 of the 1924 World Series.
Madison Bumgarner, coming off a four-hit shutout of the New York Mets in the NL wild card game, tries to save the Giants’ season when the series resumes Monday in San Francisco. The Cubs, who start reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta, are one win from advancing to an NL Championship Series matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers or Washington Nationals.

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