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.