CHRIS CAPUANO struck out nine while combining with two relievers on a four-hitter, James Loney drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single and the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the visiting Washington Nationals with a 2-0 victory on Sunday.
Capuano (3-0) allowed three hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings, helping send the Nationals to their fourth straight loss after they entered the series with an NL-best 14-5 record.
At 16-6, the Dodgers matched their best start since 1981 and moved 10 games over .500 for the first time since July 11, 2010.
"We've got a great mix of guys, and we're going to need that through the long season to win games," Loney said. "A big hit, a big defensive play, and big baserunning play - all that stuff is going to matter. And it's going to take all of us to do that."
In other games *
At Atlanta, Tim Hudson survived five tough innings to win in his return from offseason back surgery and the Braves held on in the ninth to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3.
Hudson (1-0) pitched in the majors for the first time since his operation last November to repair a herniated disk. The righthander threw 96 pitches while giving up two runs on six hits and two walks. He allowed at least one baserunner in every inning.
Martin Prado's seventh-inning homer put the Braves ahead, 4-2.
* At Denver, Ike Davis singled in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and the New York Mets overcame two tying homers allowed by their bullpen to beat the Colorado Rockies, 6-5.
David Wright started the 11th with a single off Matt Belisle (1-2) and Lucas Duda followed with a single. After Scott Hairston hit into a fielder's choice, Davis lined a single to left to score Wright and rescue the Mets.
* At St. Louis, Zack Greinke (3-1) worked six strong innings and Jonathan Lucroy's two-run double capped a three-run sixth as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cardinals, 3-2, to avoid a three-game sweep.
* At Miami, Wade Miley (3-0) held the Marlins hitless until the sixth inning, and Jason Kubel drove in three runs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to an 8-4 victory.
* At Cincinnati, Jay Bruce's fourth home run in four games lifted the Reds to a 6-5 comeback win over the Houston Astros.
Bruce hit reliever Fernando Rodriguez's (0-3) first pitch of the eighth inning 381 feet into the rightfield seats for his seventh homer of the season.
* At San Francisco, Pablo Sandoval homered to back Madison Bumgarner's fourth straight victory, and the Giants beat the Padres, 4-1, to deny San Diego its first series win of the year.
Joaquin Arias added a two-run triple in the sixth inning to turn a one-run lead into 4-1 and help Bumgarner improve to 4-1.