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Nationals ruin debut of new Diamondbacks manager Hinch

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PHOENIX -- A new manager, a frustratingly familiar result for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Jesus Flores drove in two runs with a homer and an RBI single, and the Washington Nationals spoiled A.J. Hinch's debut as Arizona manager by beating the Diamondbacks 5-4 on Friday night.

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Cristian Guzman tripled in two runs and Adam Dunn homered for the Nationals, who have won two in a row on the road for the first time this season.

"We're starting to build some confidence and playing a lot better baseball," Washington's Ryan Zimmerman said.

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Zimmerman hit safely in the 26th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the majors, when he singled in the first inning.

Overall, the Nationals have won four out of five.

"Sooner or later things had to turn around a little bit," Washington manager Manny Acta said. "We had a rough April and May's been good so far, but there's still a ways to go."

Hinch, director of player personnel for Arizona, moved into the manager's job after Bob Melvin was fired Thursday night. The new manager said he liked his team's attitude, despite the loss.

"I was proud of the guys for battling back and kind of answering the bell," Hinch said. "Obviously we left a lot of guys on base, had some opportunities which you always reflect on, but the effort was there. I felt like the intensity was high. We came up a run short, which is unfortunate."

Felipe Lopez had three hits, including a double, and scored twice for the Diamondbacks, who erased most of a three-run deficit but lost for the fifth time in six games.

"It was a tough day," Lopez said, "but everybody was focused on winning a ball game."

Shairon Martis (4-0), coming off a complete game, gave up three runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings to get the victory. After struggling the previous night in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, Kip Wells pitched a perfect ninth for his first career save.

Yusmeiro Petit (0-3) gave up four runs on six hits in four innings to take the loss.

Lopez led off the first with a double, advanced to third when Young fouled out, then scored on Justin Upton's ground out. The Nationals took the lead on a two-out, two-run triple by Guzman over Upton's head in right field in the second.

Solo homers by Dunn in the third and Flores in the fourth made it 4-1.

The Diamondbacks cut it to 4-2 when Young -- coming off a 1-for-19 road trip -- tripled in Lopez from first with no outs. But Young was stranded on third when Upton and Mark Reynolds struck out, then Josh Whitesell lined out to right.

Arizona was hitless in 36 tries with runners in scoring position before Josh Wilson singled to put runners at first and the third in the sixth. Pinch hitter Eric Byrnes then snapped an 0-for-17 skid with an RBI single up the middle to cut the lead to 5-3.

Upton extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the seventh, then Whitesell doubled for his first hit -- in 10 at bats -- since being called up from the minors, leaving runners at second and third with one out. Upton scored when Conor Jackson bounced out to third to cut the lead to 5-4.

"I had to show up for work and be professional," Upton said, "and the rest of the team did, too."

Byrnes singled in the eighth, stole second for what would have been the tying run, then was thrown out by Flores trying to steal third.

"He was a little over-aggressive," Hinch said.

Dunn, who spent part of last season with the Diamondbacks, praised Melvin.

"Bob from the time I was here was unbelievable," Dunn said, "a great person, a great guy and a great baseball guy. It's sad that someone like him has to get fired, because I know he did everything in his power. He's just such a great baseball person. I can't say enough good things about that guy."

Notes

  • Petit has allowed eight home runs in 24 2/3 innings this season.
  • Washington is 8-8 since opening the season 1-10.
  • The Nationals have four saves by three pitchers this season.
 
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Jesus Flores smacks his fourth homer of the season in the fifth. He's hitting .314 this season. (US Presswire)
Jesus Flores smacks his fourth homer of the season in the fifth. He's hitting .314 this season. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Arizona

F. Lopez
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Washington

J. Flores
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS5022010 .392
Nick Johnson, 1B4000103 .317
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5020021 .339
Adam Dunn, LF5121024 .296
    Kip Wells, P0000000 .000
Elijah Dukes, CF-LF4000005 .280
Austin Kearns, RF3110100 .261
Jesus Flores, C3222101 .314
Anderson Hernandez, 2B4000003 .310
Shairon Martis, P2110000 .231
    Garrett Mock, P0000000 .000
   a- Josh Willingham, PH1010000 .190
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
   b- Ronnie Belliard, PH1000011 .125
    Julian Tavarez, P0000000 .000
    Willie Harris, CF0000000 .182
Totals37511536  
a-singled for Mock in the 7th
b-struck out for Hanrahan in the 8th
Batting
2B - Austin Kearns (5, Rosales)
3B - Cristian Guzman (1, Petit)
HR - Adam Dunn (8, Petit), Jesus Flores (4, Petit)
RBI - Cristian Guzman 2 (9), Adam Dunn (24), Jesus Flores 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Cristian Guzman 2 (6)
SB - Austin Kearns (1, 2nd base off Vasquez/Montero)
Team LOB - 8
Washington Nationals
Shairon Martis (W,4-0) 5.1933260 4.67
Garrett Mock (H,3) 0.2000000 5.19
Joel Hanrahan (H,2) 1211000 6.23
Julian Tavarez (H,4) 1100000 6.35
Kip Wells (S,1) 1000020 3.27
Pitches-Strikes - Shairon Martis 99-65, Garrett Mock 8-4, Joel Hanrahan 13-9, Julian Tavarez 10-7, Kip Wells 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shairon Martis 3-7, Joel Hanrahan 2-1, Julian Tavarez 1-1
Batters Faced - Shairon Martis 27, Garrett Mock 2, Joel Hanrahan 5, Julian Tavarez 3, Kip Wells 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Felipe Lopez, 2B5230002 .316
Chris Young, CF4011014 .180
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Roberts, PH1000000 .176
Justin Upton, RF4111121 .292
Mark Reynolds, 3B5010034 .252
Josh Whitesell, 1B4010004 .100
Conor Jackson, LF3001100 .186
Miguel Montero, C4120002 .262
Josh Wilson, SS4010012 .263
Yusmeiro Petit, P1000011 .000
   b- Chad Tracy, PH1000001 .218
    Leo Rosales, P0000000 .000
   c- Eric Byrnes, PH-CF2021000 .162
Totals38412428  
a-flied out for Pena in the 9th
b-grounded out for Petit in the 4th
c-singled for Rosales in the 6th
Batting
2B - Felipe Lopez (9, Martis), Josh Whitesell (1, Hanrahan), Miguel Montero (3, Martis)
3B - Chris Young (1, Martis)
RBI - Chris Young (8), Justin Upton (16), Conor Jackson (14), Eric Byrnes (8)
SB - Eric Byrnes (5, 2nd base off Tavarez/Flores)
CS - Eric Byrnes (2, 3rd base by Tavarez/Flores)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Wilson-Whitesell
Arizona Diamondbacks
Yusmeiro Petit (L,0-3) 4644122 8.03
Leo Rosales 2211020 6.00
Jon Rauch 1300000 8.25
Esmerling Vasquez 1000110 3.24
Tony Pena 1000110 1.23
WP - Tony Pena (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Yusmeiro Petit 63-43, Leo Rosales 27-19, Jon Rauch 25-19, Esmerling Vasquez 18-11, Tony Pena 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yusmeiro Petit 5-5, Leo Rosales 3-0, Jon Rauch 1-2, Esmerling Vasquez 1-1, Tony Pena 1-1
Batters Faced - Yusmeiro Petit 19, Leo Rosales 7, Jon Rauch 6, Esmerling Vasquez 4, Tony Pena 4
Game Information
Attendance - 28640
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 98
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Bill Hohn, Third Base - Casey Moser