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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals celebrates after the final out as the Nationals defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-3 in game three of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Video: Jayson Werth launches a 450-foot homer off of Kenley Jansen

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It’s not easy to homer off of Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. Opposing batters hit only four of them during the regular season, spanning 68 2/3 innings pitched by the right-hander.

Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth didn’t seem to have any trouble lining up a cutter that didn’t cut in the top of the ninth inning of Game 3, played at Dodger Stadium on Monday afternoon. With the Nats leading 4-3, Werth padded the lead and kickstarted what would become a four-run inning by launching a home run that would have traveled an estimated 450 feet if it didn’t hit the seats first, according to Statcast.

Werth now has 15 career home runs in the postseason, ranking fifth among active players, per Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post.

The Nationals went on to win 8-3, taking 2-1 lead over the Dodgers in the NLDS. They’ll have a chance to clinch on Tuesday.

Nationals take 2-1 NLDS lead with 8-3 win over the Dodgers in Game 3

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals hits a solo home run in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game three of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Nationals rallied for four runs in the third inning against Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda and scored four more in the ninth against closer Kenley Jansen, helping them win 8-3 and take a 2-1 NLDS series lead on Monday afternoon at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

The Dodgers opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with Justin Turner drawing a one-out walk and promptly scoring on a Corey Seager double off of starter Gio Gonzalez. That would be it for offense for the Dodgers until the fifth.

In the third, Trea Turner led off with a single. Jayson Werth followed up with a double to right field. Outfielder Yasiel Puig made a strong throw home, but Turner’s speed was too much, allowing him to score. Werth went to third base on the throw. After Daniel Murphy flied out, Bryce Harper singled Werth home. Harper then stole second base and went to third on a throwing error by catcher Yasmani Grandal. Anthony Rendon then cranked out a two-run homer to left field, making it a 4-1 game.

In the fifth, the Dodgers clawed back into the game. Joc Pederson hit a one-out single. Carlos Ruiz pinch-hit for reliever Pedro Baez and jacked a two-run shot to left field, closing the gap to 4-3.

From there, however, the Nationals’ bullpen was too good for the Dodgers to overcome. Sammy Solis got five outs without allowing a run. Oliver Perez got one, and Shawn Kelly got five to bridge the gap to closer Mark Melancon.

The Nationals gave closer Mark Melancon plenty of cushion in the bottom of the ninth. Jayson Werth blasted a solo home run off of Jansen to push the lead to 5-3. Jansen then walked Murphy, hit Harper with a pitch, then allowed both to score on a one-out Ryan Zimmerman double to right field, making it a 7-3 game. Ross Stripling came in to relieve Jansen but yielded a sacrifice fly to Chris Heisey, pushing the lead to 8-3. A one-run lead became five in a matter of about 10 minutes.

Melancon got Grandal to fly out for the first out of the bottom of the ninth. Josh Reddick then grounded out and Pederson flied out to left to end the game, sealing the 8-3 victory for the Nationals. The Nationals will look to clinch the NLDS at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday at 5:00 PM EDT. The Nationals have yet to name a starter, but whoever it is, he will oppose the Dodgers’ Julio Urias or Clayton Kershaw.

Diamondbacks to seek Nationals’ permission to speak to GM Mike Rizzo

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 05: General Manager Mike Rizzo of the Washington Nationals introduces Manager Dusty Baker (not pictured) at Nationals Park on November 5, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that current Nationals GM Mike Rizzo is at the top of the Diamondbacks’ wish list to become their next president of baseball operations. The D’Backs are expected to ask the Nationals permission to speak to Rizzo when the playoffs are over. As Bowden notes, Rizzo has two years left on his contract with the Nationals.

The Diamondbacks had a disappointing 2016, finishing in fourth place in the NL West at 69-93. The organization recently removed Tony La Russa from his role as chief baseball officer. That was shortly after firing GM Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale. Bringing in Rizzo would be the Diamondbacks’ first step in what figures to be a major overhaul.

Rizzo does have a connection to the Diamondbacks, as he spent seven years from 2000-06 as the club’s scouting director. Rizzo was in the running to become the Diamondbacks’ general manager in 2005 but Josh Byrnes ultimately wound up with the position. That led Rizzo to the Nationals.