Arizona at Washington

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Arizona (46-71)000020000241
Washington (50-66) «31000000x4101

Nationals 4, Diamondbacks 2

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WASHINGTON - John Lannan got the message when the Washington Nationals sent him down to Double-A Harrisburg, and he sure looks fine now.

Lannan pitched seven strong innings, Ian Desmond had three hits and the Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 to snap a five-game losing streak.

Lannan (4-5) allowed two runs and four hits to win his second consecutive start and earn his first win at home since Aug. 5, 2009, against Florida. The left-hander, Washington's opening-day starter the last two seasons, is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts since he returned from the minors.

"It was definitely necessary for me to go down there and work on stuff," said Lannan, who improved to 3-1 with a 1.04 ERA in four career starts against Arizona.

Lannan went 1-4 with a 4.20 ERA with Harrisburg, but Washington manager Jim Riggleman got positive reports about his improvement. Lannan said he was working on "hiding the ball more - being more deceptive."

Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds said he saw a different pitcher.

"Normally he leaves a lot of hittable balls over the plate," Reynolds said. "He just had one of those games where he was hitting the corners and not leaving much to hit."

Ryan Zimmerman drove in two runs for Washington, which got off to a strong start against Joe Saunders (1-2). Sean Burnett retired all six batters he faced for his second save.

The Nationals scored three in the first and Wil Nieves hit his second homer of the season in the second to make it 4-0. Zimmerman had a two-run single and Michael Morse snapped an 0-for-13 slide with an RBI single.

Saunders tossed a five-hitter in Arizona's 6-1 victory against Washington on Aug. 3, but the lefty allowed 10 hits over six-plus innings in this one.

"I think they knew it was going to be around the strike zone," Saunders said. "It was just a matter of me rushing, falling and flying open."

Riggleman held a pregame meeting and implored his players to continue doing their best - despite the slide. His message was aided by the fast start.

"The runs we got early really helps loosen people up. I think people saw that John was really himself," Riggleman said.

Arizona got both of its runs in the fifth when Stephen Drew hit an RBI triple and scored on Gerardo Parra's single.

Notes

Arizona RHP Juan Gutierrez, on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, will throw batting practice Saturday, manager Kirk Gibson said. Gutierrez is 0-6 with a 6.69 ERA. ... Drew's triple was his eighth, tied for the major league lead. ... Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau attended the game. When he was shown on the scoreboard, Boudreau jokingly tried to hide by pulling his cap over his face. A moment later he doffed it and acknowledged the crowd's applause. ... Nationals LF Josh Willingham was 0 for 3 and is mired in a 3-for-25 slump.

 
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Ryan Zimmerman drives in two runs for the Nationals, who snap a five-game losing streak. (AP)
Ryan Zimmerman drives in two runs for the Nationals, who snap a five-game losing streak. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

J. Lannan
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 1
K 5
Arizona

G. Parra
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Young, CF4000022 .268
Kelly Johnson, 2B4010010 .281
Justin Upton, RF4000011 .272
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000020 .269
Miguel Montero, C3000010 .300
Mark Reynolds, 3B2100100 .216
Stephen Drew, SS3111000 .264
Gerardo Parra, LF3021010 .243
Joe Saunders, P0000000 .000
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Church, PH1000010 .180
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
Totals2824219  
a-struck out for Vasquez in the 8th
Batting
3B - Stephen Drew (8, Lannan)
SH - Joe Saunders 2 (3)
RBI - Stephen Drew (41), Gerardo Parra (21)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Drew-Johnson-LaRoche
E - Gerardo Parra (3, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Saunders (L,7-12) 61044141 4.48
Esmerling Vasquez 1000100 4.50
Aaron Heilman 1000010 3.33
HBP - Dunn (by Joe Saunders)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 103-63, Esmerling Vasquez 15-6, Aaron Heilman 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 5-9, Esmerling Vasquez 2-0, Aaron Heilman 1-1
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 30, Esmerling Vasquez 3, Aaron Heilman 3
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alberto Gonzalez, 2B4120000 .288
Ian Desmond, SS4130000 .265
Adam Dunn, 1B3000022 .271
    Adam Kennedy, 1B0000000 .256
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3122101 .301
Josh Willingham, LF3000105 .262
    Willie Harris, PR-LF0000000 .181
Michael Morse, RF4011003 .285
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
Justin Maxwell, CF4000022 .118
Wil Nieves, C4121000 .190
John Lannan, P3000011 .063
    Roger Bernadina, RF1000000 .273
Totals33410425  
Batting
2B - Ian Desmond (20, Saunders)
HR - Wil Nieves (2, Saunders)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman 2 (66), Michael Morse (21), Wil Nieves (14)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Morse (11)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Zimmerman-Gonzalez-Dunn, Gonzalez-Dunn
E - Wil Nieves (5, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Lannan (W,4-5) 7422150 5.23
Sean Burnett (S,2) 2000040 2.72
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 101-65, Sean Burnett 29-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 10-5
Batters Faced - John Lannan 25, Sean Burnett 6
Game Information
Attendance - 19549
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Mark Carlson