By Alex Short
Two days after signing with Nationals, Gerardo Parra hit a grand slam as they rallied for a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Parra’s homer came in the eighth inning when he hit a fastball by Dylan Floroon the sixth pitch of the at-bat into the seats in right-center for his second home run of the season. It was his second career grand slam, and first since 2012.
“I’m very happy. It is a big moment for me,” Parra said. “I just wanted to hit a pitch in the zone.”
Parra has only 81 home runs in 11 seasons but hit his eighth against the Dodgers — his most against one team — and all but one have come in Los Angeles.
“To see Parra hit it over the wall that was just what we needed and gave us so much energy,” Nationals starter Max Scherzer said.
The Nationals trailed 2-0 going into the eighth after Dodgers’ starter Walker Buehler allowed only four hits. They loaded the bases with one out against Pedro Baez (2-2) and got their first run when Juan Soto drove in Wilmer Difowith a single after fouling off five straight pitches with a 1-2 count. It was Soto’s first game back after he was activated off the injured list earlier in the day.
Scherzer (2-4) went seven innings and allowed two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts. His only mistake came in the third inning when he walked Max Muncy with two outs and then served up a fastball to Justin Turner, who homered to right-center. Sean Doolittle picked up his sixth save with a scoreless ninth.
“He’s been pitching really well. For him to get a win was gratifying not only for him but for the club,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said of Scherzer.
Buehler struck out seven in his first career start against the Nationals. It is the second consecutive game where he has gone seven innings.
Alex Verdugo had two hits for the Dodgers, who have dropped two of their last three at home after winning 10 straight.
“Can’t say enough about what Walker did tonight. He was dominant tonight but unfortunately that eighth inning got away from us,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.