The Dodgers outlasted the Nationals, 10-9, in 12 innings yesterday, completing their first three-game series sweep in seven weeks. Jeff Kent scored the winning run when he tagged up on a fly by Shea Hillenbrand and was safe at home by a whisker, lifting host LA to within 3½ games of San Diego in the NL wild-card race.
"If aggressive means you get thrown out, so be it," said Kent. "But you've got to push, you've got to keep pushing." Starter Brad Penny gave the Dodgers another reason to doubt his reliability. The righty surrendered eight hits and six earned runs in five innings and has won only once in his last five outings.