THE RESULT: The playoff-bound Los Angeles Dodgers used the cellar-dwelling Washington Nationals as a punching bag Tuesday night, pounding out 14 runs on 15 hits, five walks and three Nats' errors (though it should have been four) in a 14-2 victory. The loss drops the Nationals to 51-99 on the season. Washington was done in by two really bad innings, a seven-run fourth and six-run seventh. Starter Livan Hernandez (L, 8-12, 5.53) was hammered for eight earned runs on eight hits and four walks in just three and two-thirds innings. Later, reliever Saul Rivera was beaten up for five runs—four earned—on just three hits and second baseman Ian Desmond's fielding error. The nail in Rivera's coffin was Dodgers starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda's (W, 8-6, 3. ...
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