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D-Backs' Hernandez sharp in beating former team

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PHOENIX -- Leave it to an ex-National to finally give the Arizona Diamondbacks a victory over Washington.

Livan Hernandez blanked his former teammates for seven innings and four Arizona players hit solo home runs to help the Diamondbacks beat the Nationals 4-2 on Wednesday.

Hernandez retired 21 of 22 batters from the first to the eighth before giving up a pair of runs on Robert Fick's pinch-hit double.

"Boy he was something," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said.

In the teams' final meeting, Arizona beat Washington for the only time this season. The Nationals came from behind to beat the Diamondbacks in the other five contests.

"They tried to come back in the eighth again today," Hernandez said. "That's not an easy lineup. They've got a good team. They're going to be good next year."

Alfonso Soriano was thrown out at third base for the second game in a row, leaving him still one stolen base shy of becoming the fourth 40-homer, 40-steal player in major league history.

"I think I'm trying too much to do it because I want everybody to enjoy it like I'm supposed to be enjoying it, too," he said. "I think now I have to calm down and whatever happens just happens."

He said he looks forward to getting the steal at RFK Stadium.

"I'll try to do it at home," Soriano said. "I think that will be more exciting for me and for the fans to see."

Soriano and Felipe Lopez led off the game with singles. Hernandez threw a pickoff attempt to second as Soriano broke for third. Second baseman Orlando Hudson threw to third baseman Chad Tracy, who made the tag. It was the only time Soriano reached base in the game.

"It looks to me like he's trying to force the issue to much," Washington manager Frank Robinson said. "In this game, sometimes when you want something real bad you've got to let it come to you, be patient."

Hernandez said he noticed Soriano taking a big lead.

"I gave a nod to Orlando Hudson that he was running," Hernandez said. "Orlando threw to third base. It was a close play but he was out."

Conor Jackson, Hudson, Stephen Drew and Chris Snyder hit solo home runs off Tony Armas Jr. to put the Diamondbacks up 4-0 after four innings.

Hernandez (12-12), acquired from Washington for two minor league pitchers on Aug. 7, allowed two runs and six hits in eight innings. He struck out five and walked none but fell just short of notching his first complete game of the season and 43rd of his career.

"When I go pitch, I think I'll throw the whole game. I think that is the point," he said. "When you're a starting pitcher, you want to start and you want to finish."

Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 16th save in 19 opportunities

Armas (8-11) failed to make it four innings for the seventh time in 14 starts. He allowed four runs and six hits in 3 1/3, striking out two and walking three.

After Jackson's one-out home run in the second put the Diamondbacks ahead 1-0, Arizona loaded the bases but Hernandez couldn't get a bunt down, fouling off strike three, and Chris Young struck out swinging.

Hudson extended his career-best home run total to 15 with a leadoff shot to the opposite field in the third. Drew led off the fourth with a home run, then one out later, Snyder homered to make it 4-0.

With one out in the eighth, Brian Schneider singled for the second time in the game. Nook Logan was safe on a bunt attempt when he avoided Jackson's tag. Fick doubled into the left-center gap to bring both runners home. Soriano and Lopez flew out to left to end the inning.

Notes

Soriano has been caught stealing 16 times this season. ... The first three Diamondbacks homers came on 0-1 counts. ... Armas is 2-7 in 12 starts since coming of the disabled list on July 17. ... Arizona is 3-15 against the Nationals/Expos in the past three seasons. ... Hernandez is 3-4 in seven starts since coming to the Diamondbacks.

 
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Arizona closer Jose Valverde wears his emotions on his sleeve after finishing off the Nats in the ninth.  (AP)
Arizona closer Jose Valverde wears his emotions on his sleeve after finishing off the Nats in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

C. Jackson
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Arizona

L. Hernandez
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 0
K 5
 
Washington Nationals
Alfonso Soriano, LF4010011 .290
Felipe Lopez, SS4010001 .275
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4010011 .283
Nick Johnson, 1B4000022 .294
Austin Kearns, RF4000021 .262
Jose Vidro, 2B4000011 .291
Brian Schneider, C3120000 .247
Nook Logan, CF3110001 .310
Tony J. Armas, P1000000 .067
    Beltran Perez, P0000000 .000
   a- Bernie Castro, PH1000000 .222
    Ryan Wagner, P0000000 .333
   b- Robert Fick, PH1012000 .257
    Melvin Dorta, PR0000000 .250
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
Totals33272078 
a-grounded out for Perez in the 6th
b-doubled for Wagner in the 8th
Batting
2B - Robert Fick (4, Hernandez)
RBI - Robert Fick 2 (8)
CS - Alfonso Soriano (16, 3rd base by Hernandez/Snyder)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - F. Lopez
E - Nick Johnson (15, )
Washington Nationals
Tony J. Armas (L,8-11) 3.1644324 5.28
Beltran Perez 1.2100100 1.59
Ryan Wagner 2100130 4.81
Saul Rivera 1200010 3.91
Pitches-Strikes - Tony J. Armas 74-44, Beltran Perez 28-14, Ryan Wagner 34-21, Saul Rivera 20-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tony J. Armas 3-5, Beltran Perez 1-3, Ryan Wagner 3-0, Saul Rivera 2-1
Batters Faced - Tony J. Armas 19, Beltran Perez 6, Ryan Wagner 8, Saul Rivera 6
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF4010123 .271
Orlando Hudson, 2B5111013 .293
Luis Gonzalez, LF5000005 .277
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
Chad Tracy, 3B3000100 .273
Conor Jackson, 1B4131000 .286
    Eric Byrnes, LF0000000 .268
Stephen Drew, SS2111202 .306
Carlos Quentin, RF4020002 .265
Chris Snyder, C3111111 .296
Livan Hernandez, P3010023 .226
   a- Craig Counsell, PH1000000 .259
    Tony Clark, 1B0000000 .197
Totals3441045619 
a-hit into fielder's choice for Hernandez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Quentin (9, Armas), Livan Hernandez (5, Armas)
HR - Orlando Hudson (15, Armas), Conor Jackson (13, Armas), Stephen Drew (4, Armas), Chris Snyder (6, Armas)
RBI - Orlando Hudson (67), Conor Jackson (70), Stephen Drew (20), Chris Snyder (28)
SB - Chad Tracy (5, 2nd base off Wagner/Schneider)
Team LOB - 11
Arizona Diamondbacks
Livan Hernandez (W,12-12) 8622050 4.98
Jose Valverde (S,16) 1100020 6.18
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 110-68, Jose Valverde 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 6-12
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 29, Jose Valverde 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19031
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Chris Guccione