In a wild finish, the Nationals managed to stave off loss No. 100, pulling out a 5-4 walk-off win over the Dodgers, capitalizing on a few miscues in doing so.
Pete Orr's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning scored Justin Maxwell from third to give the Nats (52-99) the win. The loss postponed, at least for a day, the chance for the Dodgers to clinch a playoff berth.
Late-inning defensive miscues helped lead to Los Angeles' demise.
An "I got it, you take it" ball fell into the hole between outfielders Manny Ramirez and Matt Kemp in the eighth inning, leading to the Nationals scoring a run to take a 4-3 lead. The Dodgers managed to load the bases with no outs in the top of the ninth, but could score just one run.
Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley was a bright spot, tossing six innings of one-hit ball, despite that one hit being a three-run homer by Ryan Zimmerman in the sixth. Billingsley struck out nine and did not get the decision.
The Dodgers scored lone runs in the first, fourth, sixth and ninth innings.