Hurlers have cooled Dodgers' hot bats

Hurlers have cooled Dodgers' hot bats

WASHINGTON -- The Dodgers scored 28 runs in their three-game series against the Reds before coming to Washington, but entering Sunday's action, they had been stifled by the Nats, scoring only five runs in their first two games.

Manager Joe Torre said the Nationals' pitching staff has been the big difference compared to last year.

"You look up at the scoreboard and we're in another town, and you see they are in all the games, and the big reason for it is that pitchers have kept them in the game," Torre said. "The first two games here, their starters [Luis Atilano and Craig Stammen] have done a great job."