Anthony Rendon hit a home run and Gio Gonzalez worked six innings for the Washington Nationals, who beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 on Monday in a replay of their tight playoff series last year.
Matt Wieters hit a two-run single for Washington in the first clash between the two teams since the Dodgers overcame the Nationals in all five games of their series to join the National League title fight last season.
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Washington, who has the best 36-20 National League record, has won six of seven of his last meetings and extended his lead to the NL East with 11 games.
Gonzalez (5-1) overcame Hyun-Jin Ryu on the mound, limiting Los Angeles to two runs and four hits in six innings. He also took two passes and struck out five.
Ryu (2-6) worked seven innings, his longest outing of the season, but he conceded four runs and seven hits, gave no passports and fanned four.
By the Dodgers, Franklin Gutierrez of 4-0, with a powered. Enrique Hernandez of Puerto Rico 4-0. Cubans Yasiel Puig 2-0; Yasmani Grandal of 2-0.