The Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the Washington Nationals on Thursday, 4-1, losing the series to Washington two games to one. With the loss, the Dodgers fell to three games back in the National League Wild Card race.
Chris Capuano took the loss for the Dodgers, allowing four runs over five innings. The Nationals jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the third inning. Los Angeles got a run back in the top of the fourth inning on Mark Ellis' seventh home run of the season, but Washington extended its lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the inning.
Ross Detwiler started the game for the Nationals and was able to limit the Dodgers to just three hits and one run over six innings. Detwiler struck out five while walking just one. The Nationals' bullpen closed the game with three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. With the win, the Nationals clinched a playoff berth, the organization's first since the Montreal Expos made the playoffs in 1991.
The Dodgers will stay on the road, traveling to Cincinnati to begin a three-game series with the Reds on Friday.