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LaRoche homers as Nationals beat West-best D-backs

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WASHINGTON -- During a lengthy stretch when he pitched well but received scant offensive support, Washington pitcher Gio Gonzalez said and did all the right things.

Tuesday night his patience was rewarded.

Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer and Gonzalez won for the first time since May 5 as the Nationals defeated the Diamondbacks 7-5.

The Nationals led 6-0 after five innings and snapped a two-game skid as they reached double figures in hits for the second game in a row.

"Seeing these guys come alive, swing the bat, it's always a nice thing to see, especially when you start getting in a rhythm like that," he said.

Gonzalez (4-3) went 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on nine hits while striking out four and walking one.

He said pitching with the big lead for a change didn't alter his approach.

"No, you still have to go out there and attack," Gonzalez said. "The team gives you a big lead like that you want to get them back in there, especially when they're swinging it real hot."

Jayson Werth, back in the lineup after leaving Sunday's game with a groin strain, added a double, RBI-single and two walks for Washington.

Rafael Soriano allowed an RBI-single to Miguel Montero in the ninth and had the tying runs on base, but picked up his 20th save.

Martin Prado homered and Paul Goldschmidt had three hits for Arizona. Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill, playing his first game since going on the disabled list April 14 with a broken left hand, went 2 for 4 with a double, single and walk.

The NL West-leading Diamondbacks have lost two straight.

Washington matched its season high for runs in an inning with the five-run third off Arizona starter Trevor Cahill (3-9).

Kurt Suzuki walked, was sacrificed to second by Gonzalez, and scored on a single by Denard Span. Anthony Rendon singled and, after both runners moved up on a wild pitch, Werth singled to score Span.

LaRoche then fell behind Cahill 0-2, but hit a change-up into the bullpen in left-center for a three-run homer to make it 5-0.

"As a team, I think we're looking better," LaRoche said. "We get 11 hits tonight and score some runs, so we're slowly getting closer to what this offense can do."

The Washington first baseman has hit safely in 19 consecutive games at Nationals Park, going 30 for 69, with two doubles, two triples, four homers, 16 RBIs, and 17 runs scored.

Washington added a run in the fifth when Ian Desmond's sacrifice fly scored Werth.

"I thought we were a little more aggressive, which I liked," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.

Cahill (3-9), who left in the second inning of his last start after being struck by a line drive, lost his fifth straight. He allowed six earned runs on eight hits in five innings, while walking two and striking out five as his ERA increased to 8.80 in the month of June.

"I don't know if he's trying to change his delivery or what. He changes from pitch to pitch," catcher Miguel Montero said. "Sometimes he pitches like (Brad) Ziegler, sometimes he's over the top, sometimes he's a little bit lower then, so it's hard.

"He's a guy that doesn't need to do too much. He just needs to grab the ball and just throw a good sinker down the middle and let it do the job."

The Diamondbacks got on the board in the sixth when Hill doubled, went to third on a single by Goldschmidt and scored on a Montero single.

Goldschmidt's RBI single in the seventh off reliever Drew Storen scored A.J. Pollock to make it 6-2 and Hill then scored when Rendon couldn't field Montero's grounder.

Prado led off the eighth with a homer off Tyler Clippard to make it 6-4.

Notes

  • Washington OF Bryce Harper (left knee bursitis) began a rehab assignment at Single-A Potomac, going 1 for 1 with a double, walk and run scored.
  • Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman didn't start, but he pinch hit in the seventh and popped out. Manager Davey Johnson said Zimmerman had been feeling some discomfort in his surgically repaired right shoulder and Johnson opted to give him an extra day to rest following Monday's off day.
  • To make room for Hill, the Diamondbacks optioned left-hander Joe Paterson to Triple-A Reno.
  • Arizona's Eric Hinske's suspension for his role in the June 11 bench-clearing brawl with the Los Angeles Dodgers was reduced from five games to one. He dropped his appeal and served the suspension Tuesday night.
  • Washington placed RHP Dan Haren on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Sunday, with right shoulder inflammation and recalled 1B-OF Tyler Moore from Triple-A Syracuse.
  • Arizona LHP Wade Miley (4-6, 4.70) opposes RHP Jordan Zimmermann (10-3, 2.26) Wednesday.
 
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Washington's Adam LaRoche (three hits) celebrates his three-run homer with teammate Jayson Werth. (USATSI)
Washington's Adam LaRoche (three hits) celebrates his three-run homer with teammate Jayson Werth. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Washington

A. LaRoche
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Arizona

P. Goldschmidt
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Willie Bloomquist, SS5010001 .292
Aaron Hill, 2B4220101 .325
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B5131012 .311
Miguel Montero, C5022021 .224
Cody Ross, LF5020014 .255
Martin Prado, 3B4121103 .241
Gerardo Parra, RF4000013 .311
A.J. Pollock, CF4120001 .256
Trevor Cahill, P2000000 .069
    Cliff Pennington, PH1000000 .232
    Jason Kubel, PH1000000 .265
Totals40514425  
a-grounded out for Spruill in the 7th
b-grounded out for Sipp in the 8th
Batting
2B - Willie Bloomquist (4, G. Gonzalez), Aaron Hill (4, G. Gonzalez)
HR - Martin Prado (6, Clippard)
RBI - Paul Goldschmidt (66), Miguel Montero 2 (25), Martin Prado (25)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Goldschmidt (20), Miguel Montero (6)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gerardo Parra 1
E - Brad Ziegler (1, Missed catch of throw)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Trevor Cahill (L,3-9) 5866251 4.29
Zeke Spruill 1000020 0.00
Will Harris 0.2200100 2.30
Tony Sipp 0.1000000 3.68
Brad Ziegler 1110000 1.98
WP - Trevor Cahill 2 (11)
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 93-63, Zeke Spruill 13-11, Will Harris 19-9, Tony Sipp 6-3, Brad Ziegler 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 6-4, Will Harris 1-0, Brad Ziegler 3-1
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 25, Zeke Spruill 3, Will Harris 4, Tony Sipp 1, Brad Ziegler 5
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF5111021 .257
Anthony Rendon, 2B-3B5120003 .337
Jayson Werth, RF2221200 .274
Adam LaRoche, 1B4133003 .259
Ian Desmond, SS3001011 .277
Chad Tracy, 3B3000010 .139
    Ryan Zimmerman, PH1000002 .268
Roger Bernadina, LF4010011 .185
Kurt Suzuki, C3110100 .212
Gio Gonzalez, P2000022 .208
    Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B1110000 .238
Totals33711637  
a-popped out for Tracy in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jayson Werth (5, Cahill), Stephen Lombardozzi (9, Ziegler)
HR - Adam LaRoche (11, Cahill)
SF - Ian Desmond (4)
SH - Gio Gonzalez (5)
RBI - Denard Span (19), Jayson Werth (20), Adam LaRoche 3 (35), Ian Desmond (41)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Denard Span 1
DP - LaRoche-Desmond
E - Anthony Rendon (8, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gio Gonzalez (W,4-3) 6.1922140 3.31
Drew Storen 0.2110110 4.11
Tyler Clippard (H,11) 1111001 2.56
Rafael Soriano (S,20) 1311000 2.53
Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 97-61, Drew Storen 23-13, Tyler Clippard 13-9, Rafael Soriano 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 8-5, Drew Storen 2-0, Tyler Clippard 2-1, Rafael Soriano 1-2
Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 27, Drew Storen 5, Tyler Clippard 4, Rafael Soriano 6
Game Information
Attendance - 30287
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Al Porter