Nationals 5, Dodgers 2: Nationals Even Series With Dodgers as a Fill-In Steps Up

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The Nationals’ Jose Lobaton sent a high curveball from Rich Hill past the left-field fence for only his third career postseason hit.

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WASHINGTON — If not for the frailty of the human knee, Jose Lobaton would not have played for the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

Lobaton spent most of the season as the backup to Wilson Ramos, the Nationals’ All-Star catcher, who was on the verge of a large payday in free agency.

But on Sept. 26 — cruelly, a week before the playoffs began — Ramos landed awkwardly on a play at home plate and tore ligaments in his right knee. So the catching duties fell to the prospect Pedro Severino, who…

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