ND for Strasburg, Nats top D-Backs

Aug 15th, 2010 | By sportsnews | Category: Sports

WASHINGTON — Ian Desmond hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Sunday.

With the game tied at 3, Adam Kennedy led off the seventh with a single off Jordan Norberto (0-2). He advanced to second on pinch hitter Alberto Gonzalez’s sacrifice bunt and, after Roger Bernadina popped out, Desmond singled to right for the lead.

The hit broke a scoreless streak of 17 2/3 innings by the Diamondbacks bullpen.

Washington’s Stephen Strasburg, coming off the shortest start of his brief career, departed after five innings with the game tied at 3. The right-hander’s throwing error in the second led to two unearned runs in the Arizona second.

Strasburg allowed three runs — one earned — on five hits, walked none and struck out seven.

Adam LaRoche homered for Arizona, while Josh Willingham and Ryan Zimmerman connected for Washington.

Tyler Clippard (9-6) pitched two scoreless innings for the Nationals, who had lost six of seven games. Drew Storen got the final three outs for his second save.

LaRoche led off the second by crushing a 2-0 fastball from Strasburg into the right-field stands for his 20th homer.

With one out, Mark Reynolds singled and later scored when Strasburg sailed a throw on Stephen Drew’s dribbler over first base and into foul territory along the right-field line. Drew wound up at third on the error and Gerardo Parra’s sacrifice fly plated him for a 3-0 lead.

In the second, Willingham hit a leadoff double and scored on Ivan Rodriguez’s one-out single to center. Willingham’s two-run shot tied it in the fourth. Zimmerman singled to right before the homer, the first for Willingham in 33 games.

Arizona right-hander Barry Enright went five innings, yielding three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out one.

Zimmerman made it 5-3 with a leadoff homer in the eighth off Esmerling Vasquez.


Nationals manager Jim Riggleman is leaning toward having struggling RHP Jason Marquis make his next start. Since returning from the DL on Aug. 8, Marquis is 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA. … Before the game, three dozen people demonstrated outside the ballpark, urging commissioner Bud Selig to move the 2011 All-Star Game from Phoenix because of Arizona’s immigration legislation. In the bottom of the fifth inning, protesters ran onto the field, but a security guard snatched a banner pleading for a boycott of the game before it could be unfurled. While two protesters were being taken into custody, a banner reading “Bud Selig Move All Star Game No SB 1070″ was displayed above the center-field batter’s eye. … LaRoche has six straight seasons of 20 or more homers. … Enright has not given up more than three runs in any of his nine starts.

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