Dodgers 7, Nationals 6

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Shortstop Rafael Furcal had his second four-hit game in three nights, including an eighth-inning homer that gave the Dodgers the lead, and Matt Kemp reached the 100-RBI plateau, falling a double short of the cycle, to power the Dodgers to a 7-6 win over Washington on Thursday.

The victory reduces their magic number to sew up a playoff spot to one, but they could not clinch yet as Atlanta, still in the National League Wild Card hunt, had the night off.

Furcal, who was a triple shy of the cycle, collected a single and two doubles to go with his game-winning homer. He also went 4-for-5 in Tuesday's series opener against Washington, which lost its 100th game of the season (52-100).

Kemp collected three hits, including a three-run homer in the first inning that got the scoring started, as well as a third-inning single and a seventh-inning triple. He did reach second in the fifth inning on a hard liner to left that left fielder Josh Willingham dropped for an error.

Kemp's homer gave him 100 RBIs for the season and kept him on pace to become the first player in franchise history to hit .300 with 25 homers, 100 RBIs and 30 steals. With nine games left, he was hitting .306 with 26 home runs, 100 RBIs and 34 steals.

The game seemed like it might be headed toward extra innings in the eighth inning when, with the Dodgers (92-61) clinging to a 7-6 lead with two outs and speedy Willie Harris on second, Ian Desmond singled to right field. But Andre Ethier's laser throw home to catcher Russell Martin nailed Harris at the plate for the third out of the inning to preserve the lead.

Ramon Troncoso (5-3) got the win in relief, while Jonathan Broxton came on in the ninth for his 36th save.


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