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Nationals 5, Diamondbacks 4

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PHOENIX -- One thing the Washington Nationals do very well is beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Gold Glove second baseman Orlando Hudson's two-base throwing error cleared the way for Nook Logan's RBI single in the eighth inning to give the Nationals a 5-4 victory over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

The Nationals franchise is 15-2 against Arizona since the start of the 2004 season, including 5-0 this season. Washington came from behind in all five of those games.

Alfonso Soriano still needs one stolen base to join the exclusive "40-40" club after being thrown out by Arizona's Johnny Estrada trying to steal third in the seventh inning.

"He didn't argue and the third base coach didn't argue," Nationals manager Frank Robinson said. "It was a heck of a throw by Estrada."

Only three players -- Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds and Jose Canseco -- have hit at least 40 home runs and stolen 40 bases in a season.

Luis Gonzalez became the oldest player to hit 50 doubles in a season with a shot to the left-center gap off Nationals starter Jason Bergmann leading off the third. Gonzalez is 39 years, 9 days old. The previous oldest major leaguer to hit 50 doubles was Tris Speaker at 38 years, 107 days in 1926.

"To me, it's a nice honor because in my mind I'm still running out there doing it," Gonzalez said. "I want to continue playing, so 50 hopefully is just a start now and gives me something to push for next year and the year after that."

With the score tied at 4-4, Jorge Julio walked Soriano to lead off the seventh, then Felipe Lopez singled to put runners at first and second. Soriano tried to steal on an 0-2 pitch and was called out after a perfect throw by Estrada. It was the 16th time Soriano had been caught stealing this season. Ryan Zimmerman struck out on the play.

In the eighth, Hudson back-handed Brian Schneider's one-out grounder, but his throw sailed over the head of first baseman Conor Jackson's head.

"That's another error I made that cost us a game," Hudson said. "That's probably about the fifth or sixth error I've had that cost us the game. It's another one I've got to take under my belt. We've got to keep going."

Schneider was awarded second, then scored on Logan's single. Logan had a three-RBI game, including a homer, at Colorado on Sunday, but had made a base-running mistake earlier in Tuesday's game.

That made the go-ahead RBI even sweeter.

"Everybody in their bullpen throws pretty hard," Logan said. "When he got behind, I was just looking for something down the middle I could handle and try not to do too much with it."

Felix Rodriguez (1-1) threw a scoreless seventh to get the victory. Chad Cordero pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for his 26th save in 30 opportunities.

Tony Pena (3-4) gave up the unearned run in one inning for the loss.

Stephen Drew tripled in two runs for Arizona in the second on a hit that he thought was a home run. The fly to deep left-center appeared to hit the top of the railing, which would have been a homer, as a fan reached out for the ball. However, the umpires huddled and upheld the ruling as a triple.

Drew scored anyway, coming home on Miguel Batista's sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.

Batista didn't allow a hit until Nick Johnson's two-run homer down the right-field line with one out in the fourth.

Hudson's solo home run off Mike O'Connor put Arizona up 4-2 in the fifth.

The Nationals tied it in the sixth. Johnson led off with a walk, then Austin Kearns singled to put runners at first and third. Vidro's ground out brought Johnson home, then Kearns scored when Batista threw wildly to third after diving to stop Schneider's grounder.

Arizona threatened to break it open early, with runners at first and third with no outs. But Drew popped out to left. Batista tried to put down a bunt, but the ball popped in the air. Rather than catch it, Schneidera allowed the ball drop in front of him, then threw for the force at second. Because Batista didn't run on the play, the Nationals converted it into a double play.

"A great play," Robinson said. "For us, that was the play of the game."

Notes

  • Soriano threw out Gonzalez at third on a fly out for his 21st outfield assist of the season and second in two nights.
  • The Diamondbacks doubled three times to break the club record for most two-base hits in a season with 305. They set the record of 303 last year.
  • Hudson has career bests in home runs (13) and RBI (66).
 
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Washington Nationals
Alfonso Soriano, LF4000103
Felipe Lopez, SS5020002
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4100111
Nick Johnson, 1B3222210
Austin Kearns, RF5110013
Jose Vidro, 2B5011011
Brian Schneider, C4110000
Nook Logan, CF4021022
Jason Bergmann, P0000100
    Mike O'Connor, P1000010
   a- Ryan Church, PH1000011
    Chris Schroder, P0000000
    Felix Rodriguez, P0000000
   b- Robert Fick, PH1010000
    Melvin Dorta, PR0000000
    Chris Booker, P0000000
    Chad Cordero, P0000000
Totals3751045813 
a-struck out for O'Connor in the 6th
b-singled for F. Rodriguez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Nick Johnson (, Aquino)
HR - Nick Johnson (, Batista)
RBI - Nick Johnson 2 (), Jose Vidro (), Nook Logan ()
CS - Alfonso Soriano (, 3rd base by Julio/Estrada), Nook Logan (, 2nd base by Batista/Estrada)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alfonso Soriano 1
DP - Soriano-Zimmerman, Schneider-F. Lopez-Vidro
Washington Nationals
Jason Bergmann 3633100
Mike O'Connor 2111001
Chris Schroder 1000120
Felix Rodriguez (W,-) 1000010
Chris Booker (H,) 0.2100000
Chad Cordero (S,) 1.1000020
IBB - Drew by Chris Schroder
HBP - Quentin (by Jason Bergmann), Jackson (by Chris Schroder)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Bergmann 56-32, Mike O'Connor 20-13, Chris Schroder 21-9, Felix Rodriguez 11-8, Chris Booker 13-8, Chad Cordero 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Bergmann 1-7, Mike O'Connor 2-3, Felix Rodriguez 1-1, Chad Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Bergmann 16, Mike O'Connor 6, Chris Schroder 5, Felix Rodriguez 3, Chris Booker 3, Chad Cordero 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Eric Byrnes, CF5010010
Orlando Hudson, 2B3111101
Luis Gonzalez, LF4010001
Johnny Estrada, C4010001
    Chris Young, PR0000000
    Chris Snyder, C0000000
Conor Jackson, 1B3110001
Chad Tracy, 3B4010003
Carlos Quentin, RF3110021
Stephen Drew, SS3112112
Miguel Batista, P1001001
   a- Tony Clark, PH1000012
    Jorge Julio, P0000000
    Tony Pena, P0000000
    Greg Aquino, P0000000
   b- Craig Counsell, PH1000000
Totals324842513 
a-struck out for Batista in the 6th
b-fouled out for Aquino in the 9th
Batting
2B - Eric Byrnes (, Bergmann), Luis Gonzalez (, Bergmann), Chad Tracy (, Bergmann)
3B - Stephen Drew (, Bergmann)
HR - Orlando Hudson (, O'Connor)
SF - Miguel Batista ()
RBI - Orlando Hudson (), Stephen Drew 2 (), Miguel Batista ()
SB - Conor Jackson (, 2nd base off Schroder/Schneider)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Estrada-Tracy
E - Miguel Batista (, Throwing), Johnny Estrada (, Throwing), Orlando Hudson (, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Miguel Batista 6644361
Jorge Julio 1100210
Tony Pena (L,-) 1210000
Greg Aquino 1100010
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Batista 114-72, Jorge Julio 23-13, Tony Pena 23-11, Greg Aquino 16-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Batista 8-4, Jorge Julio 1-0, Tony Pena 2-2, Greg Aquino 2-0
Batters Faced - Miguel Batista 27, Jorge Julio 5, Tony Pena 6, Greg Aquino 4
Game Information
Attendance - 31182
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - James Hoye