Rendon, Werth hit crucial homers as Nationals pound Dodgers, inch closer to NLCS 
Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon were the men of the hour for the Nationals in beating the Dodgers to move a win away from reaching the NLCS. AP

LOS ANGELES — Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth homered as the Washington Nationals moved within one victory of winning a Major League Baseball postseason series for the first time, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-3 Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) for a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five National League playoff.

Four relievers combined for 4 2/3 shutout innings, putting the Nationals in position to wrap up the NL Division Series on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

Playing 23 hours after the Nationals tied the series at home in a rain-postponed Game 2, Rendon hit a two-run homer in a four-run third that chased Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda. Werth added a solo shot off closer Kenley Jansen in a breakaway four-run ninth.

Game 4 will be played on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

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