Arizona at Washington

W: R. Soriano (3-1) L: E. Marshall (4-3)
HR: ARI - E. Inciarte (3)   WAS - None

Nationals win 9th in row, nip D-backs in 9th

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Bryce Harper has a suggestion for those looking for the perfect word to describe the Washington Nationals' recent run of walk-off victories and nine straight wins overall.

Harper scored the winning run on pinch-hitter Anthony Rendon's single in the ninth inning as Washington edged the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 on Wednesday night.

''It's absolutely epic. That's the best word I can put out there,'' Harper said.

Five of Washington's last six victories have been by a single run, with four coming in its last at-bat.

''It's been incredible,'' Harper said. ''This team has a lot of fight, a lot of heart. We never die.''

Harper opened the ninth with a single off Evan Marshall (4-3) and went to third base on Kevin Frandsen's one-out single. Out of the starting lineup for the first time in 63 games, Rendon singled past third baseman Cliff Pennington to win it.

''It was different to say the least, but it was awesome,'' Rendon said of pinch-hit.

Neither epic nor awesome describes the feeling manager Matt Williams feels watching the slew of walk-off wins.

''It's gratifying for (the players), it's exciting for them,'' Williams said. ''It's not a whole of fun in the dugout for the staff, but that's OK.''

The Nationals had last won nine in a row when they matched a franchise record by winning 10 straight in June 2005.

The NL East leaders also extended their home winning streak to eight and opened up a seven-game lead over Atlanta.

Rafael Soriano (3-1) pitched the ninth for the win.

Arizona has lost five straight and is 5-13 in August.

''In the end, they out-executed us in every phase of the game,'' Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. ''They pitched good and we didn't pitch good enough. They outfielded us. They outhit us.''

Two of Washington's wins in this series have come in its last at-bat after Arizona tied the game late.

''Of course it's disappointing,'' Gibson said. ''They've got it rolling and they overtook us again.''

Tanner Roark threw seven scoreless innings for the Nationals and left with a 2-0 lead. He gave up five hits. Roark is 5-1 with a 2.09 ERA over his last eight starts.

The Diamondbacks tied it in the eighth on Ender Inciarte's two-run homer against reliever Tyler Clippard.

Drew Storen replaced Clippard with one on in the eighth, eventually stranding the runner at third base.

Arizona starter Trevor Cahill allowed two runs and six hits over 6 1-3 innings.

Wilson Ramos' RBI groundout in the second inning gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera and Jayson Werth hit consecutive doubles to put Washington up 2-0 in the sixth.

Harper had three of Washington's nine hits.

The game started 12 minutes late due to rain.


Nationals: Williams sounded hopeful that 3B/OF Ryan Zimmerman could return ''sometime in September'' from a hamstring injury. Zimmerman was placed on the disabled list on July 23.

Diamondbacks: In his fourth rehab appearance, Daniel Hudson tossed one scoreless inning with two strikeouts Tuesday night in the Arizona Rookie League. The right-hander hasn't pitched at the major league level since 2012 after sustaining an elbow injury that resulted in Tommy John surgery twice.


Arizona's Wade Miley (7-9, 4.46 ERA) faces fellow left-hander Gio Gonzalez (6-9, 4.06) on Thursday in the finale of the four-game set.


Leading 1-0 in the sixth, Roark deftly fielded Miguel Montero's grounder to start an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play after the Diamondbacks put runners on the corners with one out.

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Players of the Game

B. Harper
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0

E. Inciarte
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Mark Trumbo, 1B4010004.235.293.395
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Aaron Hill, 2B4000002.241.281.370
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Didi Gregorius, SS4000001.216.297.368
Trevor Cahill, P2000010.111.111.167
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   Brad Ziegler, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Xavier Paul, PH1000010.125.176.125
   Evan Marshall, P0000000.000.000.000
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b-struck out for Ziegler in the 9th
HR - Ender Inciarte (3, Clippard)
RBI - Ender Inciarte 2 (16)
SB - Cliff Pennington (5, 2nd base off Storen/Ramos)
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DP - Gregorius-Hill-Trumbo, Gregorius-Hill-Trumbo-Gregorius-Hill-Trumbo, Gregorius-Hill-Trumbo-Gregorius-Hill-Trumbo-Gregorius-Hill-Trumbo
Arizona Diamondbacks
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Oliver Perez 0.2000000 2.03
Brad Ziegler 1000110 3.45
Evan Marshall (L,4-3) 0.1311010 3.16
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 9-3, Oliver Perez 1-0, Brad Ziegler 1-1
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 27, Oliver Perez 1, Brad Ziegler 4, Evan Marshall 4
Washington Nationals
Denard Span, CF4000001.300.352.401
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B3110100.249.313.390
Jayson Werth, RF4011011.284.372.435
Adam LaRoche, 1B2010200.271.377.466
Ian Desmond, SS3100114.249.306.422
Bryce Harper, LF4130001.262.345.386
Wilson Ramos, C4001014.293.333.414
Kevin Frandsen, 3B3020110.254.301.312
Tanner Roark, P2000022.102.102.102
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   Tyler Clippard, P0000000.000.000.000
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2B - Asdrubal Cabrera (26, Cahill), Jayson Werth (29, Cahill)
RBI - Jayson Werth (66), Wilson Ramos (33), Anthony Rendon (68)
SB - Ian Desmond (16, 3rd base off Cahill/Montero)
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DP - Roark-Desmond-LaRoche
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tanner Roark 7-11, Drew Storen 1-1
Batters Faced - Tanner Roark 26, Tyler Clippard 4, Drew Storen 3, Rafael Soriano 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24113
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - John Tumpane