Strasburg, Nats dominate D'BacksAug 11, 2012 - 5:55 AM Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Stephen Strasburg and three Nationals relievers combined on a three-hitter Friday, as Washington upended the Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-1, en route to a season-high seventh straight win.
Strasburg (13-5) walked four in his outing, but only allowed one hit and one run over six frames to earn the victory. He struck out six.
Sean Burnett and Ryan Mattheus each hurled a perfect inning in relief, while Craig Stammen gave up two hits in a scoreless ninth.
Ryan Zimmerman belted a two-run homer, Michael Morse added a solo shot and Steve Lombardozzi went 4-for-5 with four runs scored for NL East-leading Washington, which has won 17 of its last 21 games.
"I don't think any of us are satisfied, we still have our best baseball ahead of us," Strasburg said.
Trevor Cahill (9-10) was charged with four runs on six hits and three walks over six innings in defeat. Arizona was coming off a 6-4 road trip.
The only hit allowed by Strasburg was a two-out, run-scoring single by Chris Johnson in the fourth. Strasburg had walked two earlier in the inning, which was delayed for several minutes after home plate umpire Dale Scott took a foul ball off his mask.
C.B. Bucknor, the third-base umpire, took over behind the plate for the remainder of the game.
Johnson's hit momentarily tied things, 1-1, before Zimmerman took Cahill deep into the left-field seats in the fifth. Lombardozzi singled ahead of the two- out blast.
Morse sent one even further when he cranked a towering shot to straightaway center leading off the sixth.
Lombardozzi, who tripled and scored on Bryce Harper's sacrifice fly in the third, crossed the plate again in the seventh when the Diamondbacks committed an error on a potential inning-ending double play ball.
The Nats added four more in the ninth off Mike Zagurski. Harper plated one with a sacrifice fly, Adam LaRoche chipped in an RBI two-bagger and Jayson Werth capped a three-hit night with a two-run double.
"We didn't have a lot of energy to overcome [the deficit] today," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "We have to play a lot better to beat them."
Morse was working on an 18-game hitting streak coming in, but major league officials informed the Nationals earlier Friday that Morse's only hit in a game against the Phillies on August 2 was reversed to an error on Cole Hamels. He has now hit in eight straight...Before the game, Arizona placed pitcher Josh Collmenter on the 15-day disabled list with ulcers and recalled pitcher Brad Bergesen from Triple-A Reno...Arizona is 3-40 when scoring three runs or less.
- WASHINGTON: 9
Aug 11 12:53 AM
- Jayson Werth double to left scored Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche with two outs. Runner on second and Danny Espinosa due up.
Nationals 9, Diamondbacks 1 Top 9, 2 OutsAug 11 12:37 AM
- Adam LaRoche double to right scored Steve Lombardozzi with one out. On the play, Ryan Zimmerman advances to third. Runners on second and third and Michael Morse due up.
Nationals 7, Diamondbacks 1 Top 9, 1 OutAug 11 12:31 AM
- Bryce Harper sacrifice fly to right scored Tyler Moore with one out. On the play, Steve Lombardozzi advances to second. Runner on second and Ryan Zimmerman due up.
Nationals 6, Diamondbacks 1 Top 9, 1 OutAug 11 12:25 AM
- Michael Morse grounded into a fielder's choice, short to second. On the play, Adam LaRoche out at second to end the inning.
Nationals 5, Diamondbacks 1 Mid 7Aug 10 11:55 PM
- Michael Morse lead-off Home Run (11) to right center. Jayson Werth due up.
Nationals 4, Diamondbacks 1 Top 6, 0 OutsAug 10 11:27 PM
- Ryan Zimmerman two-out, two-run Home Run (16) to left scored Steve Lombardozzi. Adam LaRoche due up.
Nationals 3, Diamondbacks 1 Top 5, 2 OutsAug 10 11:16 PM
- Chris Johnson single to left scored Justin Upton with two outs. On the play, Miguel Montero advances to second. Runners on first and second and Gerardo Parra due up.
Nationals 1, Diamondbacks 1 Bot 4, 2 OutsAug 10 11:06 PM
- Bryce Harper sacrifice fly to right scored Steve Lombardozzi with two outs. None on and Ryan Zimmerman due up.
Nationals 1, Diamondbacks 0 Top 3, 2 OutsAug 10 10:21 PM
- WASHINGTON: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
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