Reporting Byron Kerr
A pair of pitchers keep the opposing team off the board until a middle inning two-run homer sets the tone. Arizona has followed this script for three games in a row, and the Nationals offense remained missing as the Diamondbacks took their third straight over Washington, 8-1, before 17,666 at Nationals Park.
John Lannan allowed an one-out single to Justin Upton followed by a two-run shot off the bat of Chris Young to deep left and the Diamondbacks had the lead they enjoyed the last three nights (all wins), 2-0.
Washington mounted a rally against reliever Bryan Shaw in the seventh. Ian Desmond was hit by a pitch to start the frame. Brian Bixler followed with his second single of the game. After a Ryan Zimmerman strikeout, Michael Morse laced an RBI single to center and the Diamondbacks lead was 2-1.
Arizona added a runs in the eighth against Tyler Clippard on a walk to Upton and an RBI double by Miguel Montero. The next batter, Paul Goldschmidt cranked a 3-2 pitch deep over the left field wall for a two-run homer and the Diamondbacks took command, 5-1.
A Chris Young sacrifice fly in the ninth against Henry Rodriguez made it 6-1, Arizona. Goldschmidt’s third RBI in the form of a run-scoring single made it 7-1.