Bank of lights go out at Nationals Park 3 times as game is suspended

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A game delayed three times because of a lighting malfunction was suspended after five innings Friday night with the Washington Nationals leading the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2.

No announcement was made on the day and time the game would be completed.

On each occasion, the delay was caused by a bank of lights on the third-base side going out. The first stoppage occurred in the fourth inning and lasted 1 hour, 22 minutes. Play resumed for nine minutes before the lights went out again.

Los Angeles led 2-1 in the middle of the fifth inning when the second delay occurred. It lasted 40 minutes.

Once the lights went back on, pitcher Tanner Roark doubled and Yunel Escobar homered off Chin-Hui Tsao for a 3-2 lead.

After the half inning ended, the Nationals were in the field, poised to start the sixth when the same bank of lights went out. Escobar dropped to his knees in frustration, and the players walked off the field for the last time.

The first stoppage ultimately forced both starting pitchers out of the game.

Washington's Jordan Zimmermann allowed two runs and three hits in four innings. Mike Bolsinger of the Dodgers returned after the initial outage and got two outs to end the fourth inning before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the fifth.

Washington used an RBI groundout by Bryce Harper to go up 1-0 in the third inning.

Adrian Gonzalez answered in the fourth with his 19th homer, a shot into the seats in right field after Zimmermann hit Justin Turner with a pitch.


Dodgers: OF Carl Crawford, who's on the 60-day DL with a right oblique strain, will play with Triple-A Oklahoma City through Sunday. "Then we have some decisions to make," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He will have plenty of at-bats."

Nationals: Washington placed RHP David Carpenter (shoulder inflammation) on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 12. ... OF Jayson Werth (broken left wrist) was slated to DH for Class A Potomac in a rehabilitation assignment. He played Thursday and "didn't have any issues coming out of it," according to manager Matt Williams.


Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw (6-6, 2.85 ERA) starts Saturday night. He's 7-2 lifetime against the Nationals and unbeaten in five starts since Aug. 6, 2010.

Nationals: Doug Fister (3-4, 4.08 ERA) makes his 12th start of the season, only the 8th against a team other than Atlanta. Washington is 4-7 in his 11 outings.

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