National League Game Summary - Washington at Arizona|
(Saturday, August 11th)
Final Score: Washington 6, Arizona 5
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - The Nationals put together a five-run fifth
inning against All-Star Wade Miley to pick up their season-high eighth
straight win with a 6-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Ryan Zimmerman picked up a pair of hits and drove in two runs for Washington,
which won the first two games of its three-game set against Arizona.
Edwin Jackson (7-7) recovered from a tough start to pick up the win. Jackson
was chased after 5 2/3 innings in which he allowed five runs on eight hits and
three walks. He struck out six.
"Definitely the runs we scored backed up a bad outing by me," Jackson said. "I
guess it was just good enough to keep us close."
The Nationals tagged Miley (12-8) for six runs -- four earned -- on nine hits
and walk in 4 1/3 innings.
"It's very frustrating," Miley said. "Especially you go out and the team gets
you four runs early, this one's on me. I just wasn't able to keep the lead. I
wasn't executing pitches, staying middle. It just got ugly, like a merry-go-
round out there, I couldn't put an end to it."
Aaron Hill hit a home run as the Diamondbacks lost for the sixth time in their
last eight games.
Washington, which came into the fifth trailing 4-1, roared back. But its
booming comeback started quietly, as Steve Lombardozzi dropped down a bunt
single to start the frame. Two batters later, Jayson Werth scolded a double to
left field to plate Lombardozzi.
Washington then received help from Arizona third baseman Chris Johnson, who
booted Danny Espinosa's grounder and allowed runners to reach second and
third. Zimmerman took advantage of the miscue when he stroked a two-strike
fastball into left field to tie the game at four.
Miley's wild pitch and catcher Miguel Montero's throwing error put Zimmerman
on third before he scored when Michael Morse lined a double to center field.
Miley was pulled after issuing a walk to Adam LaRoche, but Brad Bergesen did
not have much success, either. He later surrendered an RBI single to Jesus
Flores to put the Nats up 6-4.
Arizona picked up a run in the sixth inning when pinch-hitter Ryan Wheeler
doubled home Gerardo Parra on his bobblehead night, but the Diamondbacks were
unable to pull any closer.
Mike Gonzalez worked around a pair of walks in the eighth and Tyler Clippard
tossed a perfect ninth to nail down his 24th save and preserve the victory.
The two teams traded runs in the first inning. Zimmerman sliced a double down
the right-field line which Justin Upton misplayed, allowing Espinosa to score
in the top of the frame. Hill slammed a fastball over the left-field fence to
tie the game.
The Diamondbacks pulled ahead in the second after Upton's chopper eluded
Zimmerman's glove and put him on second. Montero lined a triple to the left-
field gap to score Upton, then came home on Stephen Drew's base hit.
Arizona picked up a fourth run when Upton smoked a double to put runners on
second and third in the third. Johnson lofted a sacrifice fly to score Jason
Kubel and put the Diamondbacks up 4-1.
The Diamondbacks have scored five or more runs 58 times this season, most in
the National League...Washington is 22-9 since the All-Star break...The
Nationals own the best road record in baseball at 39-21 and have won 18 of
their past 23 games away from home...Washington is 12-4 in one-run games...The
Nationals last lost a series in Arizona in 2008...Prior to the game, Arizona
designated pitcher Mike Zagurski for assignment, placed infielder Willie
Bloomquist on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 9 with a
strained back, and recalled infielder Jake Elmore and pitcher Bryan Shaw. Shaw
pitched a perfect seventh, striking out the side and Elmore flew out in a
pinch-hit at-bat...Washington improved to a season-best 28 games above .500.
08/12 00:01:20 ET