National League Game Summary - Arizona at Washington|
(Wednesday, May 2nd)
Final Score: Washington 5, Arizona 4
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Ian Desmond's two-run home run in the bottom
of the ninth inning lifted the Washington Nationals over the Arizona
Diamondbacks, 5-4, in the second test of a three-game series at Nationals
Bryce Harper had three hits, an RBI and scored twice for the Nationals, who
snapped a five-game slide.
"It was unbelievable, great win for the club and just a really exciting time
for us and exciting to be a part of that," Harper said.
Henry Rodriguez (1-1) tossed a scoreless inning of relief to earn the win.
J.J. Putz (0-2) gave up Desmond's blast to suffer the loss as Arizona had its
three-game win streak come to an end.
"He got hit pretty hard. The fastball wasn't exactly where we wanted it. It
happens," Arizona catcher Miguel Montero said.
Edwin Jackson allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks in a six-inning
start for the Nationals, while Joe Saunders gave up three runs -- two earned
-- on seven hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings for Arizona.
Washington entered the ninth inning trailing, 4-3, after stranding the tying
run on second base in the eighth, and Harper led off the frame by smacking a
ball high off the right-center field wall for a double.
Putz then looked like he would get out of the jam by fanning Wilson Ramos and
pinch-hitter Rick Ankiel before getting Desmond to fall into an 0-2 hole, but
Desmond hammered the next pitch over the left-center field wall for the game-
Washington struck first in the third inning when Ramos led off the frame with
a single and came around to score two batters later on Steve Lombardozzi's
double into the left-field corner.
But Arizona answered in the fourth to take the lead. Justin Upton started the
rally with a leadoff home run to center field and after Jason Kubel and
Montero followed with back-to-back singles, Ryan Roberts plated Kubel with a
sacrifice fly to give the Diamondbacks a 2-1 advantage.
However, the Nationals regained the lead in the bottom of the frame. Danny
Espinosa worked a two-out walk, stole second and came home on Harper's double
high off the wall in right-center field.
Ramos stepped up next and hit a hard grounder to second that deflected off the
glove of Aaron Hill. Hill recovered the ball and made a throw to home to try
and catch Harper as he rounded third to score, but Harper knocked the ball out
of Montero's glove with his hands while sliding across the plate to put
Washington on top, 3-2.
The back-and-forth affair continued in the sixth when Upton led off with a
walk, stole second and came home on Paul Goldschmidt's two-out double before
Roberts' base hit to left field scored Goldschmidt for a 4-3 Arizona lead.
Arizona had a chance to extend its lead in the seventh when Hill singled and
stole second, but Kubel grounded out to first to end the inning and the
Diamondbacks would not move a runner past first for the remainder of the game.
Saunders has allowed just five earned runs in five starts this
season...Arizona fell to 4-2 on a 10-game road trip...The Diamondbacks went 2-
for-7 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base, while
Washington hit 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and stranded six.
05/03 03:54:24 ET