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Nationals 7, Diamondbacks 6

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PHOENIX -- Washington second baseman Jose Vidro sought out manager Frank Robinson recently.

Vidro wanted Robinson to know that he was no longer bothered by the hamstring injury that sidelined him for a month.

"The season's not over until the last game," Vidro said. "I told Frank the other day I want to finish strong and I want you to play me more often now. He listened and I'm glad he did."

Vidro drove in four runs to help the Nationals edge the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 on Monday night. He drew a bases-loaded walk from Luis Vizcaino (4-5) to put the Nationals ahead in the ninth inning. Vidro also doubled home a run in the fourth and hit a two-run single in the seventh as Washington won for only the second time in 13 road games.

"He's swinging the bat much better, swinging with more authority," Robinson said of the 31-year-old Vidro, who raised his average to .295. "He's getting some big hits for us."

Jon Rauch (4-4) allowed two runs in two innings for the win and Chad Cordero pitched the ninth for his 25th save.

The Nationals have been out of playoff contention for weeks. But they refused to quit after the Diamondbacks put them in an early 3-0 hole on solo home runs by Conor Jackson, Chris Snyder and Chris Young.

It would have been easy for Washington to fold after being swept in four games at Coors Field over the weekend. Instead, the Nationals fought back with a four-run seventh inning to take a 6-4 lead.

Then, after Arizona tied the game at 6 on Damion Easley's two-run homer in the eighth, the Nationals rebounded in the ninth.

"It was a good win for us," Robinson said. "We need those wins. We have to finish off the season very respectable."

Washington defeated Arizona for the fourth time in four meetings. And the franchise is 14-2 against Arizona since 2004, when the Nationals played in Montreal.

The loss dropped the Diamondbacks to 68-76 with 18 games remaining. Barring a late surge, Arizona will finish with a losing record for the third straight season, the worst stretch in the nine-year history of the franchise. Arizona posted five consecutive winning records from 1999-2003.

For the Diamondbacks, this loss evoked memories of a three-game sweep at RFK Stadium from Sept. 2-3. Arizona blew late leads in all three games.

"It was similar to some of those games in D.C.," manager Bob Melvin said. "It's a good feeling early on, we score some runs (and) were hitting the ball out of the ballpark, and all of a sudden one big inning gets us, and today it was the seventh."

With 45 home runs and 39 stolen bases, Washington's Alfonso Soriano came into the game needing one steal to become the fourth player in major league history with 40 homers and 40 steals in a season. After drawing a leadoff walk in the third, Soriano was picked off first by Arizona starter Claudio Vargas.

Vargas, waived by the Nationals in June 2005, issued six of Arizona's 10 walks. The last one proved the costliest.

With the score tied at 6 in the ninth, Felipe Lopez and Ryan Zimmerman greeted Vizcaino with singles and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch.

After Vizcaino walked Austin Kearns intentionally, Vidro drew a walk to force in the go-ahead run.

It wasn't the prettiest win. But it showed that the Nationals haven't given up.

"It's going to be good for us to go out there and show that we're capable of being a winning ballclub, and that we've got guys that have heart and want to go out there and play every day," Rauch said.

Notes

LF Soriano threw out Orlando Hudson at second base to pick up his major league-best 20th outfield assist. ... Washington 1B Nick Johnson has reached base safely in 20 of his last 21 games.

 
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Players of the Game
Arizona

D. Easley
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Washington

J. Vidro
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
 
Washington Nationals
Alfonso Soriano, LF3100201
Felipe Lopez, SS2110200
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4110122
Nick Johnson, 1B4112113
Austin Kearns, RF3110212
Jose Vidro, 2B4124110
Brian Schneider, C4010103
Nook Logan, CF4011002
Billy Traber, P1000011
    Saul Rivera, P0000000
    Ryan Wagner, P0000000
   a- Bernie Castro, PH1110000
    Jon Rauch, P1000010
    Chad Cordero, P0000000
Totals3179710714 
a-singled for Wagner in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jose Vidro (, Vargas)
SH - Felipe Lopez (), Billy Traber ()
RBI - Nick Johnson 2 (), Jose Vidro 4 (), Nook Logan ()
SB - Felipe Lopez (, 2nd base off Vargas/Snyder), Bernie Castro (, 2nd base off Vargas/Snyder)
CS - Alfonso Soriano (, 2nd base by Vargas/Snyder)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alfonso Soriano 1
Washington Nationals
Billy Traber 3844013
Saul Rivera 2000000
Ryan Wagner 1100010
Jon Rauch (BS,; W,-) 2222241
Chad Cordero (S,) 1000020
Pitches-Strikes - Billy Traber 51-34, Saul Rivera 29-20, Ryan Wagner 19-10, Jon Rauch 47-30, Chad Cordero 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Billy Traber 5-2, Saul Rivera 3-3, Ryan Wagner 1-1, Chad Cordero 1-0
Batters Faced - Billy Traber 16, Saul Rivera 6, Ryan Wagner 4, Jon Rauch 10, Chad Cordero 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF5111013
Orlando Hudson, 2B5030010
Luis Gonzalez, LF5000023
Eric Byrnes, RF4000003
Conor Jackson, 1B3321100
Damion Easley, SS-3B4132000
Chris Snyder, C4122021
Andy Green, 3B2000001
   a- Stephen Drew, PH-SS2000001
Claudio Vargas, P1000011
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000
    Doug Slaten, P0000000
   b- Craig Counsell, PH0000100
    Brandon Medders, P0000000
   c- Tony Clark, PH1000010
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000
Totals3661162813 
a-grounded out for Green in the 6th
b-walked for Slaten in the 7th
c-struck out for Medders in the 8th
Batting
HR - Chris Young (, Traber), Conor Jackson (, Traber), Damion Easley (, Rauch), Chris Snyder (, Traber)
SH - Claudio Vargas ()
RBI - Chris Young (), Conor Jackson (), Damion Easley 2 (), Chris Snyder 2 ()
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Easley-Hudson-Jackson, Vizcaino-Snyder-Jackson
Arizona Diamondbacks
Claudio Vargas 6544650
Brandon Lyon (BS,) 0.1222200
Doug Slaten 0.2000000
Brandon Medders 1000010
Luis Vizcaino (L,-) 1211210
IBB - Kearns by Luis Vizcaino
WP - Luis Vizcaino ()
Pitches-Strikes - Claudio Vargas 100-63, Brandon Lyon 18-8, Doug Slaten 3-2, Brandon Medders 9-6, Luis Vizcaino 25-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Claudio Vargas 4-8, Brandon Lyon 1-0, Doug Slaten 1-0, Brandon Medders 1-1, Luis Vizcaino 1-0
Batters Faced - Claudio Vargas 28, Brandon Lyon 5, Doug Slaten 1, Brandon Medders 3, Luis Vizcaino 6
Game Information
Attendance - 29610
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Sam Holbrook