WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 05: Tony Gwynn Jr. #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers tries to catch a home run by Michael Morse (not pictured) #38 of the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 5, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Nationals Play Home Run Derby To Beat Kuroda, Dodgers

Hiroki Kuroda and John Lannan have faced one another twice this season, and the Nationals have beaten the Dodgers 7-2 in both games.

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Dodgers Vs. Nationals: Home Runs Sink Hiroki Kuroda In 7-2 Loss To Washington

The Washington Nationals hit three home runs off Hiroki Kuroda in the first inning on Monday, cruising to a 7-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nationals Park in Washington DC. Hiroki Kuroda had never allowed more than two home runs in a game before, but after five batters on Monday he was down 4-1. Ian Desmond, Mike Morse and Jayson Werth all went deep in the first inning, and Ryan Zimmerman nearly joined them with a deep flyout to the wall in left field.

Kuroda was able to pitch six innings on the day, but did allow another home run, the second of the day for Morse in the sixth inning. Kuroda is the first Dodgers pitcher since D.J. Houlton in 2005 to allow four home runs in a game. The last Dodger to allow three home runs in the first inning was Fernando Valenzuela in 1988.

From the "other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?" file, Kuroda did have a season-high nine strikeouts and no walks on the day.

John Lannan pitched into the sixth inning for his ninth win of the season. Lannan and Kuroda have matched up twice this season, and both games were 7-2 wins for the Nationals.

Stephen Strasburg makes his 2011 debut for the Nationals on Tuesday, weather permitting. Ted Lilly starts for the Dodgers, who have lost two straight games for the first time in two weeks.

For more Dodgers news and information, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Nationals: Labor Day Lineups

The Los Angeles Dodgers open a four-game road series against the Washington Nationals on Monday morning. Hiroki Kuroda gets the Labor Day start for the Dodgers, facing John Lannan for the Nationals. Here are the starting lineups for the series opener:

Dodgers (68-71)

Gordon SS
Carroll 2B
Kemp CF
Rivera RF
Miles 3B
Mitchell 1B
Gwynn LF
Ellis C
Kuroda P

Nationals (64-74)

Desmond SS
Ankiel RF
Zimmerman 3B
Morse LF
Werth CF
Espinosa 2B
Marrero 1B
Ramos C
Lannan P

The Dodgers took two of three games against the Nationals at Dodger Stadium in July, with the Dodgers' only loss coming on July 22. Lannan beat Kuroda in that game, and even hit a two-run home run off Kuroda. The Nationals have lost 10 of their last 12 games.

Washington plans to call up Craig Stammen, Yunesky Maya, Atahualpa Severino, Corey Brown, Brad Peacock and Stephen Lombardozzi on Tuesday. Patrick Reddington of Federal Baseball has the details.

Monday morning's 10:05 a.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more Dodgers news and information, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Hiroki Kuroda Starts As Dodgers Open Four-Game Series With Nationals

Hiroki Kuroda and the Dodgers lost 7-2 to John Lannan and the Nationals on July 22.

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