Washington at Arizona

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Diamondbacks 11, Nationals 4

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PHOENIX -- Two home runs in a game were nothing new for Conor Jackson. That sacrifice bunt, though, was something else.

Jackson drove in four runs with his two-run shots in the first and eighth innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Washington Nationals 11-4 Friday night for their 16th victory in 19 games.

The homers drew the cheers, but Jackson's sacrifice bunt to set up the go-ahead runs in the five-run seventh might have been more impressive, at least to him.

"That was probably the biggest thing I've done all year, definitely a first in my career, but it was a situation where that was called for," he said.

When reminded that he had a sacrifice bunt last year, Jackson said that one was a bunt attempt for a hit that wound up as a sacrifice when he was thrown out. This one was a sacrifice all the way.

"We had our number-four hitter up there with two home runs and four RBI today and he's bunting," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "That's what this team's all about. The situation called for a bunt right there and he got it done."

Three Nationals players hit solo home runs in the sixth to tie it at 4, but Mark Reynolds and Miguel Montero each singled in a pair of runs in the five-run seventh for the Diamondbacks, who stayed two games up on San Diego in the NL West.

"That's what I love about this team is it's a different guy every night," Jackson said. "Tomorrow you'll be talking to a different guy."

Ten walks by Washington pitchers doomed the Nationals. With the game tied and one out, the Nationals walked Justin Upton intentionally to load the bases for Reynolds, who singled up the middle off Saul Rivera (4-4) to put Arizona on top for good.

Orlando Hudson and Eric Byrnes led off the seventh with walks, then Jackson advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt to bring up Upton. After Reynolds singled, Stephen Drew walked to load the bases for Montero.

Like Arizona, Washington has had a strong bullpen in recent weeks. Not this night, though.

"I never think the game is mine but we feel very good when our bullpen is in. But as I said before, they're human," Washington manager Manny Acta said. "Usually you get in trouble when you walk the leadoff guy, not to mention the second guy."

Jackson hit a two-run home run in the first and another in the eighth.

Livan Hernandez (8-7) got the victory despite allowing home runs by Felipe Lopez, Ryan Zimmerman and Austin Kearns in the sixth.

Hernandez allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out one and walking one.

Arizona took a 4-1 lead against starter Matt Chico.

Jackson's two-run homer in the first gave Arizona a 2-0 lead. Jackson's line drive on a 1-2 pitch with two outs cleared the left field fence to put the D-Backs ahead in the opener of a three-game series.

The Nationals cut it to 2-1 in the third when Robert Fick doubled, took second on Chico's sacrifice bunt, then scored when Lopez grounded out.

Chico, though, lost control in the bottom of the inning. After Hernandez led off with a double to the right-center gap, the Washington left-hander struck out Chris Young and walked four of the next five batters. The last two walks, to Upton and Reynolds, came with the bases loaded, bringing in two runs to boost Arizona's lead to 4-1.

The Diamondbacks pulled off a slick double play in the fifth when the second baseman Hudson backhanded Fick's grounder and, in the same motion, flipped the ball from his glove to the shortstop Drew, who relayed it to first.

Notes

The teams have the two best records in the NL since the All-Star break, Arizona at 19-8 and Washington at 17-11. ... Nationals 1B Dmitri Young was out of the lineup for the second game in a row with a sore hamstring. ... The three home runs in an inning were the most for Washington since the franchisee moved from Montreal in 2005.

 
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Arizona

C. Jackson
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Arizona

M. Reynolds
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Washington Nationals
Felipe Lopez, SS3112100 .252
Nook Logan, CF4010000 .274
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4111001 .269
Austin Kearns, RF4121001 .254
Ryan Church, LF3000101 .259
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4010001 .292
Brian Schneider, C4010002 .233
Robert Fick, 1B3110001 .191
   a- Jesus Flores, PH1000001 .222
Matt Chico, P1000000 .171
    Chris Schroder, P0000000 .000
   b- D'Angelo Jimenez, PH1000010 .178
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
Totals3248421  
a-popped out for Fick in the 9th
b-struck out for Schroder in the 7th
Batting
2B - Robert Fick (5, Hernandez)
HR - Felipe Lopez (9, Hernandez), Ryan Zimmerman (18, Hernandez), Austin Kearns (10, Hernandez)
SH - Matt Chico (7)
RBI - Felipe Lopez 2 (47), Ryan Zimmerman (63), Austin Kearns (47)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Robert Fick (4, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
Matt Chico 5444661 4.85
Chris Schroder 1000000 1.40
Saul Rivera (L,4-4) 0.1144300 3.78
Ray King0111100 5.08
Luis Ayala 1.2322011 3.00
IBB - Upton by Saul Rivera
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Chico 107-56, Chris Schroder 11-8, Saul Rivera 21-9, Ray King 7-3, Luis Ayala 32-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Chico 4-5, Saul Rivera 1-0, Luis Ayala 2-3
Batters Faced - Matt Chico 25, Chris Schroder 3, Saul Rivera 5, Ray King 2, Luis Ayala 9
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF4000122 .234
Orlando Hudson, 2B3320201 .298
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
Eric Byrnes, LF4200102 .298
Conor Jackson, 1B3234100 .272
Justin Upton, RF3101220 .286
Mark Reynolds, 3B3123210 .262
Stephen Drew, SS4100125 .232
Miguel Montero, C5012002 .238
Livan Hernandez, P3110000 .196
   a- Jeff Cirillo, PH1001000 .263
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .250
    Augie Ojeda, 2B0000000 .255
Totals3311911107  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Hernandez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Livan Hernandez (1, Chico)
HR - Conor Jackson 2 (9, Chico, Ayala)
SH - Conor Jackson (1)
RBI - Conor Jackson 4 (40), Justin Upton (3), Mark Reynolds 3 (37), Miguel Montero 2 (30), Jeff Cirillo (22)
2-OUT RBI - Conor Jackson 2 (17), Justin Upton (2), Mark Reynolds (19)
SB - Chris Young (19, 2nd base off Chico/Schneider), Conor Jackson (2, 3rd base off Chico/Schneider)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Hudson-Drew-Jackson, Reynolds-Hudson-Jackson
Arizona Diamondbacks
Livan Hernandez (W,8-7) 7644113 4.85
Tony Pena 1100100 2.04
Doug Slaten 1100000 2.15
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 89-48, Tony Pena 17-8, Doug Slaten 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 9-10, Tony Pena 2-0, Doug Slaten 1-2
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 27, Tony Pena 4, Doug Slaten 4
Game Information
Attendance - 31110
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 100
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Paul Emmel