With the score tied 3-3 in the last of the eighth, rookie James Loney got his first hit since arriving from Las Vegas, lining a double to right field. Cesar Izturis, moved to second base, doubled him home with the go-ahead run and complete a three-game sweep.
Wilson Betemit made his Dodgers debut at third base following Friday's trade with Atlanta with style. He doubled twice and singled in his first three plate appearances, then lined out to third. He became the eighth player to start at third base this season and the 12th since Adrian Beltré left for free agency after the 2004 season.
Mark Hendrickson allowed three runs, six hits and a career-high seven walks over six innings, remaining winless in six starts since joining the Dodgers in a trade with Tampa Bay on June 27.
The left-hander, who was 4-8 in 13 starts with the Devil Rays, had never walked more than four batters in any of his previous 113 big league starts.
Hendrickson allowed a pair of runs in the second when Damian Jackson singled home a run and Ryan Church scored on an balk by Hendrickson. The 6-foot-9 pitcher's back leg buckled as he tried to make a pitch to Ortiz, and he fell with the ball still in his hand.
Ramon Ortiz retired his first two Dodgers in the third before J.D. Drew homered (#11) on the next pitch for his second home run in three days. His grand slam on Friday night ended a personal home run drought of 168 at-bats spanning 42 games.
Andre Ethier followed with his 10th homer, marking only the second time this season that the Dodgers have homered back-to-back. Garciaparra and Drew did it on May 9 against Houston's Andy Pettitte in a 12-7 victory.
Washington took a 3-2 lead in the fourth when Ortiz singled with one out and scored all the way from first on Felipe Lopez's double to left-center to regain the lead.
Brett Tomko, who took over in the seventh, seems to be settling into his job out of the bullpen. He worked a scoreless inning and Jose Cruz, pinch-hitting for him leading off he bottom of the seventh, tied the game with his fifth home run.
Jonathan Broxton gave up a leadoff double in the top of the eighth to Church and he was bunted to third. After a walk, pinch-hitter Daryle Ward bounced into a double play to escape the mess.
Broxton (2-0) was rewarded when the Dodgers scored the winning run in the eighth.
Manager Grady Little said before the game he would try to stay away from using Saito because the reliever hasn't been right since throwing 37 pitches Wednesday. The 37-year-old, Saito said he wasn't sore but his body was "tired."
Little was set to use Broxton as the closer if one was needed but the rookie was called upon earlier in the game and Saito came in to finish the game.
He didn't display much fatigue, striking out Alfonso Soriano, then retiring Felipe Lopez on a ground ball and Ray Zimmerman on a gentle fly ball to center close out the win.
The Dodgers, now 50-55 and 5/12 games behind San Diego, have a day off Monday before they open a three-game series Tuesday in Cincinnati. Aaron Sele (6-4) draws the start and Bronson Arroyo (9-7, 3.20) will pitch for the Reds.
Score by innings Nationals 020 100 000-3 Dodgers 002 000 11x-4 Dodgers ab r h bi ave Furcal SS 4 0 1 0 .278 Lofton CF 3 0 1 0 .291 Repko PH-CF 1 0 0 0 .291 Drew RF 3 1 1 1 .276 Ethier LF 4 1 1 1 .345 Betemit 3B 4 0 3 0 .291 Loney 1B 4 1 1 0 .227 Izturis 2B 4 0 2 1 .252 Hall C 3 0 0 0 .292 Hendrickson P 1 0 0 0 .000 Tomko P 0 0 0 0 .120 Cruz PH 1 1 1 1 .233 Broxton P 0 0 0 0 .000 Ledee PH 1 0 0 0 .265 Saito P 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 33 4 11 6 Nationals 29 3 7 3 2B- Furcal (20), Betemit 2 (18), Loney (2), Izturis 2 (7) HR- Drew (11), Ethier (10), Cruz (5). RBI- Drew (59), Ethier (40), Izturis (12), Cruz Jr. (17). LOB- Los Angeles 8, Washington 9. DP- 2 (Furcal, Izturis and Loney; Izturis, Furcal and Loney). Dodgers in h r-er bb so era Hendrickson 6.0 6 3-3 7 3 4.89 Tomko 1.0 0 0-0 1 0 5.00 Broxton (2-0) 1.0 1 0-0 1 0 3.26 Saito (sv 9) 1.0 0 0-0 0 1 2.49 Time- 2:52 Attendance- 43,346Dodger Blue Note-- Nomar Garciaparra was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee ligament. He is eligible to return Aug. 9. The move provided a roster spot for newly acquired Wilson Betemit, who started at third base. The Los Angeles Dodgers placed first baseman Nomar Garciaparra on the 15-day disabled list Sunday because of a strained ligament in his right knee. The move was made retroactive to July 25, one day after Garciaparra was injured trying to make a tag play at second base on a bloop double by San Diego's Josh Barfield. Garciaparra, who signed with the Dodgers as a free agent in December, missed the first three weeks of the season because of a strained right intercostal muscle. The six-time All-Star and two-time AL batting champ is hitting .327 with 12 homers and 57 RBI in 79 games. This is the eighth time he had been on the DL in his 11-year career. …General manager Ned Colletti told the media that despite the trade rumors, he didn't have anything close. "There's one deal that's probably got some life to it yet and a second deal with a touch of life. The other two or three are probably dead." he said. …Little said that Brad Penny volunteered to be available for an inning if needed. It's not often you get a starting pitcher to volunteer to work in relief but Penny, who last pitched on Wednesday, is scheduled to start Wednesday night in Cincinnati.