Werth powers Nats past D'backsSep 28, 2013 - 5:20 AM Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Jayson Werth broke a tie game with a tape- measure three-run homer in the fifth inning to power the Washington Nationals past the Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-4, in the opener of a season-ending three- game series.
Werth reached base in all four of his plate appearances and Wilson Ramos added a three-run homer to back a strong outing from Stephen Strasburg (8-9), who gave up two runs on six hits over seven innings.
The Nationals snapped a three-game skid by touching up Patrick Corbin (14-8) for five runs on six hits in the first five innings.
"I felt fine and healthy and made it through a full season," said Corbin. "Hopefully next year I can improve and get better and learn from my mistakes."
Arizona dropped its third straight game despite taking an early 2-0 lead.
Strasburg, making start No. 30 for the first time in his career, put the first three hitters on in the third and gave up an RBI single to Gerardo Parra and a run-scoring, double-play groundout to Paul Goldschmidt.
"You've got to grind through it, and I was able to make the adjustments in the end."
Werth scored from first on Bryce Harper's double in the fourth inning, then capped a four-run fifth with a colossal go-ahead blast off the second-deck facade in left field. Tyler Moore and Anthony Rendon opened the frame with consecutive doubles, the latter knocking in Moore with the tying run.
Ramos blew the game with a three-run homer off Chaz Roe in the eighth.
Arizona got two runs in the ninth on Didi Gregorius' RBI groundout and pinch- hitter Matt Davidson's RBI single.
Strasburg went 3-0 over his final nine starts and lowered his ERA to 3.00 ... Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 17 with a single in the fifth inning ... Corbin's ERA rose from 2.92 to 3.41 over his final three starts.
- WASHINGTON: 8
Sep 28 12:38 AM
- Pinch-Hitter Matt Davidson double to center scored A.J. Pollock. Runner on second with two outs and Adam Eaton due up.
Nationals 8, Diamondbacks 4 Bot 9, 2 OutsSep 28 12:34 AM
- Didi Gregorius ground out short to first scored Aaron Hill. On the play, A.J. Pollock advances to second. Runner on second with two outs and Matt Langwell due up.
Nationals 8, Diamondbacks 3 Bot 9, 2 OutsSep 28 12:32 AM
- Wilson Ramos two-out, three-run Home Run (16) to left center scored Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond. Tyler Moore due up.
Nationals 8, Diamondbacks 2 Top 8, 2 OutsSep 27 11:59 PM
- Jayson Werth two-out, three-run Home Run (25) to left scored Anthony Rendon and Jeff Kobernus. Bryce Harper due up.
Nationals 5, Diamondbacks 2 Top 5, 2 OutsSep 27 11:08 PM
- Anthony Rendon double to left scored Tyler Moore. Runner on second with none out and Stephen Strasburg due up.
Nationals 2, Diamondbacks 2 Top 5, 0 OutsSep 27 10:57 PM
- Bryce Harper double to left scored Jayson Werth. Runner on second with none out and Ian Desmond due up.
Nationals 1, Diamondbacks 2 Top 4, 0 OutsSep 27 10:38 PM
- Paul Goldschmidt ground into a double play, third to second to first scored Patrick Corbin. Gerardo Parra out at second and Adam Eaton advances to third. Runner on third with two outs and Martin Prado due up.
Nationals 0, Diamondbacks 2 Bot 3, 2 OutsSep 27 10:30 PM
- Gerardo Parra single to right scored Didi Gregorius. On the play, Adam Eaton advances to second and Patrick Corbin advances to third. Bases loaded with none out and Paul Goldschmidt due up.
Nationals 0, Diamondbacks 1 Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 27 10:29 PM
- WASHINGTON: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Sep 27 9:40 PM
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