Albert Pujols scored a hit as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a seven-game sweep against the Washington Nationals with a 5-1 victory.
ThroughThe Associated Press
July 4, 2021, 7:14 p.m.
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WASHINGTON – Albert Pujols scored a hit as a pinched hitter in the seventh inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a seven-game sweep against the Washington Nationals with a 5-1 victory on Sunday.
Los Angeles have won nine straight games, a season high, since being untouched on June 24 by the Chicago Cubs, who lost their next eight games. The Dodgers improved to a season record 22 of 0.500 at 53-31 after a four-game streak sweep.
Beat-up Washington has lost four in a row.
In a match that started shortly after 11 a.m. on July 4, Joe Ross (5-8) threw his fastest shot since the 2016 NL Division Series, a year before Tommy John’s surgery, making an offer of 97.2 mph to Matt Beaty in the first run.
The score was tied 1-1 when Gavin Lux doubled for the lead in the seventh inning.
Pujols, the 41-year-old triple MVP signed in May after being released by the Los Angeles Angels, hit pitcher David Price (4-0) with an out and fired a 1-2 slider into left field for a Lead 2-1.
With 2,132 RBIs, Pujols trailed only Babe Ruth (2,214) and Hank Aaron (2,297). Pujols is batting .345 and 56 RBIs in 75 games against Washington.
Nationals manager Dave Martinez closed southpaw Brad Hand with two strikeouts to face southpaw Max Muncy, who doubled to a 3-1 lead. Muncy added a two-point brace against Wander Suero in the ninth.
Ross allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings with no walks and 11 strikeouts, his record since 2017.
Price, the fifth of the Dodgers’ eight pitchers, allowed two hits in scoreless innings in what manager Dave Roberts had predicted as a reliever day.
Alcides Escobar had three hits in his second game since being traded to Washington.
Starling Castro gave Washington the lead with an RBI single in the third, and Beaty’s solo homerun tied the score in the fourth.
Washington was without slugger Kyle Schwarber, among 12 nationals on the 10-day injured list, due to right hamstring strain. Shortstop Trea Turner. Turner hasn’t played since he stuck his left middle finger on Wednesday.
Nationals: C Yan Gomes (right forearm) did not start for the Nationals after being hit by a pitch on Saturday night. Gomes is hand to mouth. … RHP Kyle Finnegan kicked off a bullpen session on Sunday. He will have to face live hitters before being activated.
Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner didn’t start, but a pinch was hit in the ninth. He was hit by a bullet that shot out of his shoulder and then hit his helmet. Turner stayed in the game.
Nationals: LHP Jon Lester (2-3, 5.34 ERA) is set to start the series opener Monday in San Diego.
Dodgers: A four-game streak with Miami begins in Florida before a three-game streak at Dodger Stadium against Arizona ends the pre-All-Star break schedule. RHP Walker Buehler (8-1, 2.35) is scheduled to start on Monday.
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