LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers fought back time and time again on Wednesday.
In the end, they couldn’t overcome Adam LaRoche and the Nationals.
LaRoche came off the bench in the ninth inning and drove in five runs, including a tying homer and a go-ahead grounder in the 14th that sent Washington to a wild 8-5 victory.
The Dodgers rallied from a 3-2 deficit in the ninth and then a 5-3 deficit in the 13th on Carl Crawford’s two-run homer, but ultimately came up short.
LaRoche was scheduled to sit out with a strained lower back, but entered in the ninth as a pinch-hitter and made an immediate impact. All of his RBIs either tied the game or gave his team the lead.
LaRoche delivered a pinch-hit, two-run homer that tied it in the ninth and a go-ahead, two-run single in the 12th. Then he gave the Nationals the lead for good with a fielder’s choice grounder in the 14th after an error by shortstop Justin Turner. Ian Desmond scored on the play, and LaRoche beat the relay to first to avoid a potential inning-ending double play.
“We had to use Adam even though we didn’t want to,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said. “He was huge for us, especially hitting that two-run homer in the ninth to tie it.”
Asdrubal Cabrera added a two-run shot for the Nationals in a game that lasted 5 hours, 34 minutes — the longest at Dodger Stadium this season. Washington won two of three in the series, a potential playoff preview between NL division leaders.
Washington used 10 of the 18 pitchers who appeared in a game that featured three blown saves. Blake Treinen (2-3) tossed two scoreless innings for the win.
Cardinals 1, Pirates 0
In St. Louis, Peter Bourjos singled home the winning run in the ninth inning, and the Cardinals beat Pittsburgh to stretch their winning streak to five.
Braves 7, Phillies 4
In Atlanta, rookie catcher Christian Bethancourt had three hits in his return to the major leagues, including a fifth-inning single that helped the Braves break out of their scoring slump in a win over Philadelphia.
Rockies 9, Giants 2
In Denver, Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and Corey Dickerson followed with his second of the game, leading Colorado past San Francisco.
Cubs 6, Brewers 2
In Chicago, rookie Jorge Soler hit a two-run double and the Cubs handed Milwaukee its eighth loss in a row.
Soler became the second player in Cubs history with as many as 10 RBIs in his first seven games. Mandy Brooks, who had 12 RBIs in 1925, had been the only Chicago player to accomplish the feat.
Mets 4, Marlins 3
In Miami, Travis d’Arnaud hit a go-ahead double in the eighth inning to lift New York over the Marlins.
Diamondbacks 6, Padres 1
In San Diego, Daniel Hudson returned from two reconstructive elbow operations to pitch in the big leagues for the first time in more than two years, and David Peralta drove in two runs to help Arizona beat the hosts.
Yankees 5, Red Sox 1
In New York, Hiroki Kuroda struck out a season-high eight and held Boston to one run in seven innings.
The 39-year-old Kuroda (10-8), in his seventh season in the majors, reached double digits in wins for the fifth straight year as he scattered four hits and didn’t walk a batter in helping the Yankees halt a three-game slide.
Kuroda, who is on pace to pitch 200 innings for the fourth consecutive year, said the critics who point to his age when things go wrong serve as a source of motivation for him.
“It’s an opportunity to surprise people,” said Kuroda, who is the Yankees’ only pitcher to have stayed in the rotation this season. “It motivates me and gives me energy.
“My splitter, two-seamer was working today and I think that was the biggest factor. Being consistent is incredibly important. I’m proud of the fact Japanese players can compete here, regardless of age.”
Teammate Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-4.
Brian McCann homered among his career high-tying four hits and the Yankees bounced back to end a three-game losing streak.
Mariners 2, Athletics 1
In Oakland, Kyle Seager and Corey Hart homered to start the seventh inning and Seattle beat the Athletics to win a three-game series between AL playoff contenders.
The home runs negated a stellar start by Jon Lester (13-10) and helped Seattle ace Felix Hernandez (14-5) win for the first time in four outings.
Adam Dunn hit his 462nd career homere run in the fourth for the only run Hernandez allowed in eight innings.
Indians 7, Tigers 0
In Cleveland, Danny Salazar pitched his first career shutout, scattering eight hits, and the Indians beat Detroit.
Astros 4, Angels 1
In Houston, Chris Carter homered twice and drove in three runs, Collin McHugh pitched into the eighth inning and the Astros beat Los Angeles.
Royals 4, Rangers 1
In Kansas City, Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer, Jason Vargas pitched into the seventh inning and the hosts beat Texas to finish a three-game sweep.
The Royals’ Norichika Aoki was hitless in three at-bats.
Blue Jays 7, Rays 4
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Dioner Navarro and Edwin Encarnacion each hit a two-run homer, and Toronto rolled past Tampa Bay for its fourth straight win.
Twins 11, White Sox 4
In Minneapolis, Kennys Vargas homered for the second consecutive night and Eduardo Nunez had four hits as the Twins hammered Chicago.
Orioles 6, Reds 0
In Baltimore, Miguel Gonzalez pitched a four-hitter for his first career complete game, and the Orioles hit three home runs off Dylan Axelrod in a victory over Cincinnati.