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Nationals outlast Dodgers 8-5 in 14 innings

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 3, 2014 at 9:42 pm •  Published: September 3, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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.

"I think this was a good game for us," manager Don Mattingly said. "The positive side of this is that the effort and determination and perseverance from our guys is going to get us where we want to go. Our guys fought all day."

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.

Turner broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer in the seventh.

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.

Kevin Correia (2-3) took the loss.

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