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Zimmerman's hit streak at 27, Nats win third straight

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PHOENIX -- Ryan Zimmerman homered to extended his hitting streak to 27 games. Adam Dunn hit one out of the park for the second night in a row.

And the Arizona Diamondbacks squandered one opportunity after another.

The play that everyone was talking about after Washington's 2-1 victory over Arizona Saturday night, though, was made by Nationals right fielder Austin Kearns and catcher Jesus Flores.

"Unbelievable," Washington starter John Lannan said. "I've never seen that happen before."

With the Nationals leading 1-0 and the bases loaded with one out in the seventh inning, Arizona's Josh Whitesell lined what looked like a base hit just in front of Kearns. Felipe Lopez, the runner at third, had to hold close to the base in case the ball was caught, and Kearns rifled a throw home.

Flores stretched out like a first baseman to make the grab for the force out.

"That was the play of the game, actually," Washington manager Manny Acta said. "It was just a tremendous play."

Kearns said he's tried the play before, but this was the first time he'd pulled it off. He gave credit to Flores.

"He made the play," Kearns said. "I tried to get my feet under me and make a good throw. It was a little off-line and he stretched out and made the play."

The play came moments after Flores was struck in the right shoulder by a foul ball. He sustained a bruise that will keep him out of Sunday's game, Acta said. Flores stayed in the game, but was replaced in the ninth inning.

The Nationals have won three straight for the first time this season, all on the road, and clinched their first road series since early August. Overall, Washington, which started the season 1-10, has won five of its past six.

Lannan (2-3) blanked the Diamondbacks through six innings, allowing three hits but walking six. Six relievers finished off the victory.

Dunn hit a 442-foot home run off Doug Davis in the second, then Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 27 games with a 422-foot homer off Juan Gutierrez in the seventh.

After stranding 14 runners in the first eight innings, the Diamondbacks scored on Miguel Montero's two-out, pinch-hit RBI double off Kip Wells in the ninth. With runners at second and third, lefty Joel Hanrahan -- who had blown three saves in five tries earlier in the year -- came on to strike out pinch-hitter Chad Tracy to earn his third save in six attempts.

Arizona lost its third straight one-run game to fall to 0-2 under new manager A.J. Hinch, who replaced the fired Bob Melvin. The Diamondbacks have lost six of seven overall.

Arizona left 16 on base, squandering scoring threats in the second, third, sixth, seventh and eighth innings.

"We had opportunities," Hinch said. "I think that was the statement of the night. Sixteen guys left on base, a lot of positives coming out of that, with the exception of being unable to push them across."

Davis (2-5) took the loss despite allowing just one run on four hits in six innings.

"I'm not the only one here," Davis said. "There are 24 other guys in here that are frustrated at the same time, but tomorrow's a new day. You've got to go back out there tomorrow and not think about what happened today."

The Diamondbacks had runners at first and third with one out in the second, the bases loaded with one out in the third and runners at second and third with one out in the sixth.

Then they had the bases loaded with one out in the seventh and runners at second and third with one out in the eighth.

"Nobody in this clubhouse is pressing," said Justin Upton, who extended his hitting streak to 16 games, "but at some point this has got to turn around."

Notes

  • Arizona had leadoff runners on base five times.
  • Diamondbacks 3B Mark Reynolds and the Washington 1B Dunn each committed two errors.
  • Lopez failed to run out a ground ball in the fifth. Dunn dropped the throw at first, and Lopez would have been safe had he kept running.
 
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Who's hotter than Ryan Zimmerman now? His average is at .336 after hitting his sixth homer. (AP)
Who's hotter than Ryan Zimmerman now? His average is at .336 after hitting his sixth homer. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

J. Lannan
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 6
K 2
Arizona

D. Davis
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 3
 
Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS4010001 .386
Elijah Dukes, CF4000013 .268
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4111001 .336
Adam Dunn, 1B3111121 .297
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Kip Wells, P0000000 .000
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
Josh Willingham, LF4000010 .174
Austin Kearns, RF4000012 .247
Jesus Flores, C4010002 .311
    Wil Nieves, C0000000 .083
Ronnie Belliard, 2B3010110 .143
John Lannan, P2000003 .167
   a- Alex Cintron, PH1000000 .000
    Garrett Mock, P0000000 .000
    Ron Villone, P0000000 .000
    Logan Kensing, P0000000 .000
    Nick Johnson, 1B0000000 .317
Totals3325226  
a-flied out for Lannan in the 7th
Batting
HR - Ryan Zimmerman (6, Gutierrez), Adam Dunn (9, Davis)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (21), Adam Dunn (25)
PK - Elijah Dukes (1, Davis)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Austin Kearns 1
DP - Guzman-Belliard-Dunn, Belliard-Guzman-Dunn
E - Adam Dunn 2 (3, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
John Lannan (W,2-3) 6300620 3.89
Garrett Mock (H,4) 0.1200100 5.00
Ron Villone (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
Logan Kensing (H,1) 0.1000010 9.53
Joe Beimel (H,5) 1200010 1.74
Kip Wells (H,3) 0.2111210 3.86
Joel Hanrahan (S,3) 0.1000010 6.08
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 93-53, Garrett Mock 15-8, Ron Villone 5-4, Logan Kensing 4-3, Joe Beimel 18-12, Kip Wells 20-8, Joel Hanrahan 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 12-4, Ron Villone 1-0, Joe Beimel 1-1, Kip Wells 1-0
Batters Faced - John Lannan 27, Garrett Mock 4, Ron Villone 1, Logan Kensing 1, Joe Beimel 5, Kip Wells 5, Joel Hanrahan 1
Arizona Diamondbacks
Felipe Lopez, 2B4010112 .314
Chris Young, CF4010103 .183
Justin Upton, RF4010123 .290
Mark Reynolds, 3B2100301 .248
Josh Whitesell, 1B3000204 .077
Eric Byrnes, LF5020015 .177
Chris Snyder, C4010013 .207
   a- Miguel Montero, PH1011000 .279
Josh Wilson, SS3000102 .227
   b- Chad Tracy, PH1000012 .215
Doug Davis, P2000002 .167
   c- Conor Jackson, PH1000003 .184
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
   d- Ryan Roberts, PH1010000 .222
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
Totals3518196  
a-doubled for Snyder in the 9th
b-struck out for Wilson in the 9th
c-grounded out for Davis in the 6th
d-doubled for Schoeneweis in the 8th
Batting
2B - Eric Byrnes (5, Lannan), Miguel Montero (4, Wells), Ryan Roberts (1, Beimel)
RBI - Miguel Montero (5)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Montero (5)
Team LOB - 16
Fielding
E - Mark Reynolds 2 (6, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Doug Davis (L,2-5) 6411231 3.25
Juan Gutierrez 1.1111021 3.00
Scott Schoeneweis 0.2000010 2.00
Chad Qualls 1000000 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 91-53, Juan Gutierrez 18-16, Scott Schoeneweis 7-4, Chad Qualls 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 6-10, Juan Gutierrez 1-1, Chad Qualls 2-1
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 25, Juan Gutierrez 5, Scott Schoeneweis 2, Chad Qualls 3
Game Information
Attendance - 27233
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - Casey Moser, Third Base - Rob Drake