Game 95: Life without Clayton Kershaw rolls on as Dodgers top Nationals.

Chase Utley

Chase Utley hit a home run in the Dodgers’ first at-bat Tuesday against Washington Nationals starter Reynaldo Lopez, who was making his major league debut. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers roughed up Washington Nationals rookie Reynaldo Lopez, and moved 4 ½ games out of first place with an 8-4 win over the Washington Nationals. The box score is here.

Hyun-Jin Ryu joined Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day disabled list, and Kershaw is no closer to coming off the DL. Columnist Jeff Miller contemplates life without Kershaw.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.