NLDS Game 4: Dodgers rally past Washington Nationals to force a Game 5.

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig pleads with home plate umpire Tom Hallion after he is called out on a disputed check swing in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 6-5 win on Tuesday. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

An eighth-inning rally washed over a hauntingly familiar seventh-inning collapse in the Dodgers’ 6-5 win over the Washington Nationals. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Joe Blanton‘s long journey put him in the spotlight again, writes columnist Mark Whicker.

Game 5 is at 5 p.m. Thursday in Washington D.C. The winner plays the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series. Justin Turner guaranteed a victory, writes columnist Jeff Miller.

A 2 p.m. start time, revealed on short notice, meant a smaller crowd and cheaper tickets.

Andre Ethier came through with a big pinch hit.


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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.