Nationals tackle Dodgers as long road trip continues

Left-hander Mitchell Parker went five strong innings in his major league debut and Luis Garcia Jr. hit a three-run home run as the Washington Nationals earned a 6-4 victory over the host Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.

CJ Abrams also hit a home run and Joey Gallo added an RBI double against his former team as the Nationals improved to 4-3 on a nine-game California road trip.

Parker (1-0), a fifth-round draft pick by Washington in 2020, allowed two runs on four hits. He didn’t issue a walk and struck out four. Right-hander Kyle Finnegan pitched a perfect ninth inning for his sixth save.

Will Smith drove in a pair of runs for Los Angeles. Dodgers starter Tyler Glasnow gave up a season-high six runs in five innings after he matched a career high with 14 strikeouts in his most recent start against the Minnesota Twins last Tuesday.

Chris Taylor brought home a run for Los Angeles on a sacrifice fly after he entered Monday without a hit in his previous 27 at-bats.

The Nationals took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Abrams led off the game with a double, moved to third on a Lane Thomas groundout and scored on a wild pitch by Glasnow.