Nationals Beat Diamondbacks 7-2 In Third Game Of Four-Game Set

Craig Stammen got the win for Washington as the Nationals cruised over the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2.

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Craig Stammen Gets The Win, Adam Dunn Knocks Two Homers In 7-2 Nats Win

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Adam Dunn hit a pair of home runs to pace the Washington Nationals to a 7-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third of four games at Chase Field.

Dunn finished with three hits and four RBI in support of Craig Stammen (4-4), who gave up just one run on six hits with six strikeouts and four walks over 5 1/3 frames. Adam Kennedy had two hits and two runs batted in, while Roger Bernadina finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored. The Nationals have won two of three games.

Kelly Johnson finished 3-for-5 and Adam LaRoche drove in a run for Arizona, losers in two of three. Ian Kennedy (6-9) took the loss, yielding four runs on eight hits with two strikeouts over just four frames.

Arizona slugger Mark Reynolds left the game during a pitching change in the top of the seventh frame after appearing to look disoriented. He was struck in the head by a pitch in Tuesday’s game, yet did pass a neurological exam after the contest.

The Nationals used Dunn’s power in the first, as the slugging first baseman clubbed a two-run shot over the wall in right.

Arizona came back with a run in the home half on Justin Upton’s sacrifice fly, but it was the only offensive output for the home team until LaRoche’s solo shot in the eighth.

Bernadina singled, stole second and scored on Kennedy’s single in the third, while Arizona lost out on a first-and-third, one-out chance in the home half when Miguel Montero grounded into a double play.

Dunn’s second long ball of the game again came to right field in the fourth, and the combination of Bernadina and Kennedy were at it again in the seventh. Bernadian singled in front of Kennedy’s two-bagger then Dunn’s base hit to right plated Kennedy for a 6-1 game.

Michael Morse’s solo home run in the top of the eighth made the score 7-1.

Wednesday’s game marked Stammen’s first career start versus Arizona…The Nationals have won seven of their last nine meetings with the Diamondbacks…Each team grounded into three double plays on the game…Dunn recorded his 28th career multi-homer game.

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Nyjer Morgan A Late Scratch Due To Hip Injury

The Nationals' lineup will not include centerfielder Nyjer Morgan tonight. After initially being listed on the lineup card, Morgan was a late scratch and will not play due to a right hip injury, according to Mark Zuckerman.

It's a right hip injury for Nyjer Morgan. Said he first felt it two weeks ago in Cincy. Had an MRI this morning, waiting for results.    

Roger Bernandina, who was starting in right field, will move to center field and the leadoff spot, with Michael Morse replacing Bernandina in right. Here are the full lineups, via Zuckerman.

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (47-60)
CF Roger Bernadina
2B Adam Kennedy
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn
LF Josh Willingham
RF Michael Morse
C Ivan Rodriguez
SS Alberto Gonzalez
P Craig Stammen

DIAMONDBACKS (40-67)
CF Chris Young
2B Kelly Johnson
RF Justin Upton
1B Adam LaRoche
C Miguel Montero
3B Mark Reynolds
SS Stephen Drew
LF Ryan Church
P Ian Kennedy    

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Nationals Hope To Win Third Game Of Four-Game Set Against Diamondbacks

(Sports Network) - The Arizona Diamondbacks have fielded one of the National League's most powerful lineups this season, but one of their top sluggers will be unavailable when the team resumes a four-game series with theWashington Nationals tonight at Chase Field.

Arizona avenged a 3-1 loss to the Nationals in Monday's opener of this set by coming through with a 6-1 victory last night, but received a scary moment during the sixth inning when third baseman Mark Reynolds was struck in the head by a pitch from Washington reliever Colin Balester.

Reynolds, whose three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning snapped a 1-1 tie, was able to walk off under his own power afterward and passed a neurological exam afterward. Still, the Diamondbacks slugger will almost certainly sit out at least one game as a precaution.

"I tried to get out of the way and they got me," said Reynolds afterward. "My first instinct was to get up and run to first base, but the trainers made me stay down and made sure I was alright. I told them I was good to stay in the game. I just got lucky."

Stephen Drew added a solo homer for Arizona and Kelly Johnson went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the win, the third in the team's last four contests.

The Diamondbacks also received a strong showing from newcomer Joe Saunders in the starting pitcher's Chase Field debut. The left-hander, acquired from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the Dan Haren trade on July 25, went the distance on a five-hitter and struck out five while walking two.

Washington's only run off Saunders came via a solo homer by Ryan Zimmerman in the top of the first inning.

Nationals starter Scott Olsen (3-3) took the loss after being reached for five runs on seven hits -- including the two homers -- over the first 5 2/3 innings.

"I felt when I made good pitches [the Diamondbacks] hit them, when I made bad pitches they hit them," Olsen said about his outing. "They were just all over everything. Saunders pitched a hell of a game [Wednesday] and you just have to tip your cap to him."

Ian Kennedy will attempt to follow up Saunders' gem and continue his own recent success when the offseason pickup takes the mound tonight for his first career encounter with the Nationals. The former New York Yankeesprospect is 3-1 over his last four starts, although he needed some help from the Arizona offense to come up with his latest win.

Kennedy gave up just three hits in a six-inning stint against the New York Mets last Friday, but two were homers by David Wright that produced a total of five runs. The right-hander also walked four batters on the night, but benefited from a five-run sixth inning that led to a 9-6 Arizona victory.

The 25-year-old has gone 6-8 with a 4.26 earned run average in 21 starts thus far in his first season with the Diamondbacks, and has produced a solid 3.53 ERA in 10 appearances at hitter-friendly Chase Field.

Craig Stammen gets the call for Washington tonight and will be out to duplicate one of his best performances of the season. The right-hander limited Philadelphia to one run and five hits and struck out five over 6 1/3 sharp innings this past Friday at Nationals Park, helping spoil the anticipated Phillies debut of Roy Oswalt.

Stammen has just three wins and a 5.24 ERA in 18 starts for the year, but is 1-1 with a 2.60 ERA over his last three assignments. He's had his troubles on the road, though, as a 1-3 record and 6.07 season ERA will attest.

This will be Stammen's first-ever start against the Diamondbacks.

Monday's tilt marked the first meeting between the Diamondbacks and Nationals this season. Washington won five of the six games between the clubs in 2009.

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