WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 05: Michael Morse #38 of the Washington Nationals celebrates with Rick Ankiel #24 after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nationals Park on September 5, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Nationals Vs. Dodgers: Michael Morse, Longballs Help Nationals Win, 7-2

Michael Morse homered twice as the Washington Nationals used the long ball to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-2, in the series opener.

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Dodgers Vs. Nationals Final Score: Michael Morse Powers Washington To 7-2 Win

The Washington Nationals' bats came alive for them on Monday, allowing them to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-2, in a Labor Day afternoon game at Nationals Park. The Nationals belted three first-inning home runs and never looked back, giving plenty of run support to allow John Lannan to snap a four-game losing streak.

Things got going early when the Nationals scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Shortstop Ian Desmond hit a lead-off home run to tie the score at one. Morse then hit a two-run home run to push the Nationals' lead to 3-1, and Jayson Werth followed with a home run of his own. It was the first time Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda allowed three home runs in a start in his career, and they all happened in the first inning. Morse added a second home run in sixth inning, his 26th on the season.

The win moved Lannan to 9-11 on the season. Kuroda fell to 11-15.

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Nationals Vs. Dodgers: John Lannan Looks To Get Back Into Win Column

John Lannan takes the hill looking to give the Nationals a win in the first game of a four-game series at Nationals Park.

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