LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Washington Nationals fell to 4-19 at Dodger Stadium since the start of the 2006 season. They didn't get out of town without some nicks, either.
Their 3-1 loss on Wednesday night was the team's fourth in five games. Bryce Harper returned as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning for the first time since cutting his chin and hurting his shoulder in a collision with the outfield wall in the series opener on Monday. He grounded out to first base.
That was the good news.
The bad involved Ross Detwiler (2-4), who gave up two runs and six hits in three innings — his shortest outing of the season because of lower back spasms. He walked two and struck out none as the Nationals fell to 3-5 when he starts. Detwiler is 0-6 in six career road starts against NL West opponents.
"I don't feel that great now but hopefully tomorrow morning I'll feel a lot better," he said. "It started spasming up and locked up. I couldn't get good extension to get the ball where I wanted to. The ball just wasn't coming out like it usually does."
Catcher Wilson Ramos left the game after he singled in the fourth, having re-injured his left hamstring. That's the same injury that sent him to the disabled list last month.
"My hammy is sore a little bit. I'm not saying like the first time but it's sore," he said. "I was working hard and trying to get my hamstring stronger but I don't know what happened. I don't want to be on the DL again. I'm very mad right now."
Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he expects Ramos to be out for a while.
"I think we're going to have to be a little more cautious with him, unfortunately," he said.
Washington trailed 2-1 in the fourth on Adam LaRoche's homer that extended his 12-game hitting streak.
The Nats had the tying run at third base in the eighth. Steve Lombardozzi singled off Kenley Jansen to open the inning before being replaced by pinch-runner Eury Perez. He took third on Ryan Zimmerman's single that dropped in shallow right field. Jansen then retired three consecutive batters to end the inning.
"It's frustrating when you're not able to have your team or your lineup together. It's never good," Zimmerman said. "You want to have the same guys in there all year but unfortunately things like that happen. Hopefully we'll get all that out of the way early like we did last year."
The injury-plagued Dodgers got a lift from the return of Zack Greinke, who pitched 5 1-3 strong innings in his first start since April 11.
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