Adam Dunn’s two homers, which gave the Nationals a 6-0 lead in the first three innings of their game against the Dodgers on Friday night, turned out to be all the Nationals would need. They beat Los Angeles 6-3 in the first game of three between the teams, and would secure a winning road trip with one more victory in the final two games of the series against the Dodgers.
Dunn’s homers were the story; he dusted the right-field foul pole for a pair of three-run homers, But John Lannan turned in a quality start, allowing two earned runs in six innings, and the Nationals got three scoreless innings from their bullpen, with Drew Storen earning his first major league save in a scoreless ninth.
It’s been one of the Nationals’ best road trips of the year; they didn’t make any errors on Friday, winning just their third game in five years at Dodger Stadium, and have pitched respectably through much of the West Coast swing. Aside from Thursday’s ugly effort against the Diamondbacks, they’ve played well. They’ve now won seven of their last 11 games, and will have Livan Hernandez and Jason Marquis on the mound the last two games of the series before getting Stephen Strasburg back on Tuesday.