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Jimenez's pop takes down Dodgers

Jimenez's pop takes down Dodgers

NATIONALS 4, DODGERS 3
at Vero Beach, Fla.
Tuesday, March 4

Dodgers at the plate: Andy LaRoche and George Lombard hit solo homers in the second inning. James Loney tripled and Chin-lung Hu doubled during the contest.

Nationals at the plate: Luis Jimenez went deep twice, and Felipe Lopez also homered. Jimenez drove in three runs.

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Dodgers on the mound: In his second start, Hiroki Kuroda overcame two walks to pitch two scoreless innings. Minor Leaguer Clayton Kershaw allowed a home run to Jimenez and loaded the bases on two bad-hop hits and a hit batter, but he struck out the side in his one-inning Dodgers debut. Yhency Brazoban, returning from shoulder surgery, struck out two in one perfect inning.

Nationals on the mound: Jason Bergmann allowed two solo homers in two innings. Charlie Manning allowed one run in two innings. Dennis Tankersley pitched two scoreless innings.

Grapefruit League records: Dodgers 2-4-1; Nationals 3-4-1.

Up next: Washington travels to Jupiter Fla., to play the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon, with Washington left-hander John Lannan facing St. Louis right-hander Mike Parisi.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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