Wearing the red road uniform of the Washington Nationals and playing about 1,500 miles from Dodger Stadium, Kurt Suzuki was as valuable to the Dodgers on Saturday night as Matt Kemp or Hanley Ramirez.
Kemp hit two home runs and Ramirez had three hits in a 3-0 Dodgers victory over the Colorado Rockies, but if not for Suzuki's two-run double in St. Louis, the Dodgers wouldn't have moved any closer to a postseason berth.
Suzuki's 10th-inning drive lifted the Nationals to a 6-4 victory over the Cardinals, whose lead over the Dodgers for the second of two National League wild-card spots was reduced to two games.
Manager Don Mattingly laughed when asked if he had any words of gratitude he wanted relayed to Suzuki.
"Win tomorrow," Mattingly said, referring to how the Nationals can secure the NL East title with a win over the Cardinals on Sunday.
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