Originally written on Valley Bay News  |  Last updated 11/13/14
Mlb_colorado_rockies_4f1a
Andre Ethier continued his hot hitting over the last month in the first game back from the All-Star break with the go-ahead homer in the ninth to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals to start the second half. The homer was only Ethier’s sixth this season which is a drop in production from the last five seasons in which he averaged 21 round trips per year. Even without the power numbers, since June 6th Ethier has gone 41-for-125 (.328) raising his batting average 39 points. Ethier wasn’t the only Dodger to continue what he had going before the break. Hanley Ramirez launched a two-run shot to deep right-center. Ramirez now has nine homers on the season with eight of those coming since June 19th in a stretch that he is 42-for-100 (.420) with 24 RBI. Dodgers’ starter Ricky Nolasco walked the tightrope most of the night giving up eight hits and two walks in 5.1 innings of work. The first of two runs to come against Nolasco came from a wild pitch to score Bryce Harper. Harper’s run wouldn’t have happened if the previous play had not resulted in a blown call. Yasiel Puig uncorked a throw that got to third on the fly and before Harper who had tagged up. The tag was applied before Harper reached the bag but that’s not how third base umpire Eric Cooper saw things. The last batter of the game for Nolasco would be Ian Desmond who would deliver a run scoring single in the sixth inning. Desmond’s single was the third in the four batters Nolasco faced in the inning. The single also set the stage for Ethier’s homer in the ninth. The Dodgers bullpen was once again on its game with 3.2 innings of scoreless relief. Kenley Jansen nailed down his tenth save to give the team its 18th win in the last 23 games. WP: Ronald Belisario (4-5) LP: Rafael Soriano (1-2) S: Kenley Jansen (10)Tweet
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Jim Harbaugh to Michigan is done deal

Amari Cooper not a fan of New Orleans, thinks it smells

WATCH: Jennifer Lawrence does Louisville chant at game

WATCH: Did Bret Bielema do ‘Horns Down’ gesture?

Devils unveil unique coaching by committee situation

Report: 49ers expect Jim Harbaugh to take Michigan job

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Johnny Manziel fined for being late to treatment

Duke Johnson's mother says son will enter NFL Draft

Starlin Castro questioned following nightclub shooting

Report: Jeff Driskel thinking about transfer to Duke

Browns suspend Josh Gordon for final game of season

Report: Rex Ryan has already cleaned out his office

WATCH: Nebraska safety pukes on field, keeps playing

WATCH: Nyquist holds puck for 28 seconds, scores OT winner

WATCH: Kevin Garnett blows in David West's ear

WATCH: Frank Beamer busts a move after bowl win

Bears could clean house after season

Nebraska chancellor booed by Huskers players?

WATCH: Rory McIlroy trolled by 'Sweet Caroline' song

Auburn, Wisconsin players literally ate tons of food

Did Kobe Bryant respond to heckler with the rings count?

Doug Fister bought Starbucks for his Twitter followers

DeMarco Murray dumped over cheating accusations?

Video: Rudy Gay tosses half-court alley-oop to McLemore

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Amari Cooper not a fan of New Orleans

Harbaugh to Mich. is done deal

WATCH: Jennifer Lawrence supports Louisville with chant

Did Bielema do ‘Horns Down’?

WATCH: Beamer busts a move

Bears could clean house after season

Nebraska chancellor booed by players?

Johnny Manziel fined by Browns

Castro questioned after shooting

Rory McIlroy trolled with 'Sweet Caroline'

Browns suspend Josh Gordon

Kobe gives heckler the rings count?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.