Anderson stymies Nationals as Dodgers cruise to 10-1 victory

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WASHINGTON – Tyler Anderson pitched eight shutout innings, Trea Turner had three RBIs in his first game against his former team and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Washington Nationals 10-1 on Monday night.

Anderson retired his first 16 batters before Cesar Hernandez‘s one-out double in the sixth.

Turner, who played with Washington for seven seasons before his trade to Los Angeles last July, extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a two-run single in the sixth. He also had an RBI groundout in his first at-bat.

The Dodgers have won eight of nine and own the best record in the National League at 28-13. Washington fell to 5-16 at Nationals Park, the worst home record in the majors.

Turner was a key figure on Washington’s 2019 championship team, and he and reliever Daniel Hudson – who got the last out of the World Series that year for the Nationals – were introduced to applause before the lineups were announced. But Anderson (5-0) quickly made it his night.

The left-hander needed just 50 pitches to breeze through five innings, and he got Maikel Franco to fly out to open the sixth before Hernandez spoiled his bid for perfection with a hit to left-center.

Anderson allowed five hits, striking out eight while walking none.

The Dodgers staked Anderson to a two-run lead before he took the mound, and scored three more times against Joan Adon (1-8) during a two-out rally in the fourth. Chris Taylor tripled in a run and, after Gavin Lux walked, Nationals right fielder Juan Soto misplayed Mookie Betts‘ fly into a two-run double.

Adon allowed six runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. The rookie dropped his sixth consecutive start and leads the majors in losses. The Nationals have totaled nine runs during Adon’s skid.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Andrew Heaney (shoulder) threw 30-35 pitches during a bullpen session. He hasn’t pitched for Los Angeles since April 17. “Velocity was good, the spin and all that stuff was great,” manager Dave Roberts said. “A really good day for him.”

Nationals: DH Nelson Cruz was in the lineup after leaving Sunday’s game with a sprained ankle.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (4-1, 2.90) is 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA in four career appearances against Washington.

Nationals: RHP Josiah Gray (4-3, 4.36) faces the Dodgers for the first time since they dealt him to Washington last July in the trade that sent Turner and Max Scherzer to Los Angeles.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.