Arizona at Washington

W: I. Kennedy (7-9) L: J. Marquis (0-5)
HR: ARI - M. Montero (7),G. Parra (3),K. Johnson (18),M. Montero (8)   WAS - R. Zimmerman (23)

Diamondbacks 9, Nationals 2 wire reports

WASHINGTON -- Kirk Gibson knows a little something about hitting home runs in big spots, and the interim manager sure is enjoying this power surge by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Miguel Montero hit two of Arizona's four homers and the Diamondbacks beat the Washington Nationals 9-2 on Saturday night.

Gerardo Parra and Kelly Johnson also went deep for Arizona, which tied a major-league record by connecting for four consecutive homers on Wednesday.

"That's a good way to live," Gibson said with a chuckle.

Montero, who hit the second of the four on Wednesday, and Parra went deep in the second against Jason Marquis (0-5). Montero belted a two-run drive and Parra added a two-out solo to make it 3-0.

Montero's first homer came on a 3-0 count.

"I think everybody probably thinks it's easy to hit 3-0," Gibson said. "But it's something you have to acquire a feel for because energy builds up within your body when you get ahead in the count. Instead of just staying nice and relaxed and keeping your swing compact, you tend to maybe overswing and jump at the ball a little bit."

Initially Montero didn't get the green light from Gibson and did a double-take.

"He didn't give it to me and then I was like, 'Oh, that's weird because he always gives it to me.' So then I took a double-check and he did," Montero said.

Ryan Zimmerman hit his 23rd homer in the bottom half for Washington, but Johnson responded with his 18th in the fourth for a 4-1 Arizona lead.

"Jumping on guys early is the ideal way to do it," Johnson said. "The homers are huge. I think it kind of deflated them just a tad at the beginning there."

Ian Kennedy pitched seven innings for Arizona in his longest start since June 9. He allowed two runs and five hits, and also contributed a career-high two hits at the plate.

"We took over the game and scored early, which allows me to be more aggressive," he said. "Thanks to my offense and Miggy called a great game -- just wanted to follow that game plan."

Adam Kennedy also singled in a run for Washington, which has lost six of seven.

Marquis gave up five runs and seven hits in four-plus innings. His ERA actually decreased nearly a full run, to 14.33.

Marquis, a winner in just one of his last 14 starts, has allowed 10 runs in eight innings over two outings since returning from right elbow surgery.

"You want to go out there and give your team a chance to compete and not embarrass yourself," Marquis said. "It's eating me alive inside."

Marquis, who agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract with Washington in the offseason, has been a major disappointment.

"It's a results-oriented business, you know, and we've got to get better results," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said.


Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said he was confident of signing 17-year-old Bryce Harper, the top pick in June's draft, by the Monday midnight deadline. "It's a player we really want in the organization, and the talks and negotiations are always difficult, always unique. This is a unique situation," Rizzo said. ... The Diamondbacks are negotiating to play their first two games of 2011 in Taiwan against San Francisco. Representatives of the players' association met with the team on Friday. They've already met with the Giants.

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Players of the Game

M. Montero
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2

I. Kennedy
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 1
K 7

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MLB Power Rankings (5/23) (1:51)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF5131000 .272
Kelly Johnson, 2B3121200 .284
Justin Upton, RF4001003 .270
Adam LaRoche, 1B5120032 .270
Miguel Montero, C5223002 .303
Mark Reynolds, 3B4000010 .214
Stephen Drew, SS4110000 .264
Gerardo Parra, LF4221020 .247
Ian Kennedy, P3121000 .171
   a- Bobby Crosby, PH1000000 .217
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
    Sam Demel, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Kennedy in the 8th
2B - Chris Young (28, Marquis), Kelly Johnson (29, Peralta), Adam LaRoche (26, Marquis), Stephen Drew (22, Batista)
HR - Kelly Johnson (18, Marquis), Miguel Montero 2 (8, Marquis, Batista), Gerardo Parra (3, Marquis)
SF - Justin Upton (6)
RBI - Chris Young (69), Kelly Johnson (53), Justin Upton (59), Miguel Montero 3 (29), Gerardo Parra (22), Ian Kennedy (2)
2-OUT RBI - Gerardo Parra (11)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Drew-Johnson-LaRoche
Arizona Diamondbacks
Ian Kennedy (W,7-9) 7522171 4.38
Blaine Boyer 1000200 4.46
Sam Demel 1100000 3.96
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 89-63, Blaine Boyer 27-14, Sam Demel 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 7-6, Blaine Boyer 3-0, Sam Demel 2-1
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 26, Blaine Boyer 5, Sam Demel 4
Washington Nationals
Roger Bernadina, CF4000030 .269
Ian Desmond, SS4010001 .265
Adam Dunn, 1B3110111 .271
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4111004 .301
Josh Willingham, LF3020101 .265
Adam Kennedy, 2B4011011 .256
Ivan Rodriguez, C4000012 .274
Willie Harris, RF4000012 .176
Jason Marquis, P1000000 .143
    Craig Stammen, P0000000 .250
   a- Justin Maxwell, PH1000000 .115
    Miguel Batista, P0000000 .125
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
   b- Alberto Gonzalez, PH0000100 .288
    Joel Peralta, P0000000 .000
a-popped out for Stammen in the 5th
b-walked for Slaten in the 8th
2B - Adam Dunn (29, Kennedy)
HR - Ryan Zimmerman (23, Kennedy)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (67), Adam Kennedy (22)
SB - Ian Desmond (13, 2nd base off Kennedy/Montero)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Desmond-Kennedy-Dunn, Kennedy-Dunn
Washington Nationals
Jason Marquis (L,0-5) 4755223 14.33
Craig Stammen 1000010 5.09
Miguel Batista 1533001 4.45
Doug Slaten 2000020 2.70
Joel Peralta 1211010 2.54
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 69-39, Craig Stammen 9-6, Miguel Batista 25-16, Doug Slaten 20-14, Joel Peralta 13-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 6-3, Craig Stammen 1-0, Miguel Batista 3-0, Doug Slaten 3-1, Joel Peralta 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 20, Craig Stammen 2, Miguel Batista 8, Doug Slaten 6, Joel Peralta 5
Game Information
Attendance - 22400
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg