WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals celebrates after scoring on a ground out by Rick Ankiel #24 in the second inning at Nationals Park on May 3, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Diamondbacks Vs. Nationals: Bryce Harper Drives In Winning Run; Nats Nip Snakes, 2-1

Batting third in Washington's order, Bryce Harper hit a sixth-inning double to break a 1-1 tie.

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Diamondbacks Vs. Nationals Recap: Washington Clinches Series With 2-1 Win

The Washington Nationals defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Thursday night, winning their second straight game by one run and clinching the series after a five-game losing streak. While they did it in walk-off fashion on Wednesday, it was the pitching staff that shut down Arizona and held the one-run lead in the finale. The Nationals have now won seven of their first eight series of the season.

Starter Ross Detwiler was fantastic yet again, carrying a no-hitter into the 5th inning and allowing just one run in six and one-third innings pitched. He gave up just three hits and handed it off to the bullpen, which kept the Diamondbacks at bay and slammed the door for the win. Henry Rodriguez cleaned it up with a quick 1-2-3 9th inning to convert his sixth save of the year.

On offense, it was rookie phenom Bryce Harper who drove home the winning run. In the same inning the Dbacks tied it up 1-1, Harper came to the plate and went the other way on a line-drive double that brought home Ian Desmond. Harper said he was just looking for a high pitch to drive, and he took full advantage of the offering from Ian Kennedy.

The Nationals improved to 10-3 at home and 16-9 on the season, good enough for first in the NL East with the Phillies coming to town on Friday for a weekend series. Ace Stephen Strasburg will start things off for Washington while Charlie Manuel will put Kyle Kendrick on the mound.

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Diamondbacks Vs. Nationals: Bryce Harper Puts Nats Ahead, 2-1 With Sixth-Inning Double

Bryce Harper continued his impressive start to his big-league career by lining an opposite-field RBI double with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Washington Nationals a 2-1 lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Harper is now 6-for-16 in his first stint in the big leagues, with three RBIs, a walk, a strikeout, and two runs scored. According to CSN Washington's Mark Zuckerman, Harper's RBI double was the first RBI for a Nationals No. 3 hitter since April 19.

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Diamondbacks Vs. Nationals: Bryce Harper Called Out On Appeal Play In 1st Inning

Bryce Harper's first plate appearance as the third hitter in the Nationals order ended in controversy after he was called out on an appeal play to first base after reaching on an error in the bottom of the first inning.

With two outs and the bases empty, Harper grounded a comebacker to Diamondbacks starting pitcher Ian Kennedy, who made a wild throw to first base. Harper advanced to second on the play, but the Diamondbacks appealed to first, believing that Harper had missed the bag. First base umpire Chris Guccione agreed, and Harper was officially called out, 3-unassisted.

Video of the play can be found here, and some screengrabs make it appear to be a very close call.

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First screengrab via @recordsANDradio; second via @ChrisMottram. Decide for yourselves: safe or out?

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Diamondbacks Vs. Nationals: Bryce Harper Bats Third As Nationals Go For Series Win (UPDATE: LaRoche Out)

After batting seventh in each of his first four professional baseball games, Bryce Harper has been bumped up in the lineup by Nationals manager Davey Johnson.

Yup, that's Bryce Harper batting third, between Steve Lombardozzi and Adam LaRoche Jayson Werth, and playing left field.

Ross Detwiler gets the start for Washington in the rubber game of the series against Arizona's Ian Kennedy. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05. MASN has the TV coverage in the D.C. area, while the game can be heard on the radio at 106.7 The Fan, Federal News Radio 1500, and WHFS 1580.

UPDATE: Well, never mind that. It seems that LaRoche is out with right oblique soreness, according to CSN Washington Nats Insider Mark Zuckerman. Here's the revised line-up, which features Jayson Werth batting clean-up.

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Diamondbacks Vs. Nationals Final Score: Ian Desmond Walk-Off Home Run Lifts Nats In 5-4 Win

The Washington Nationals surrendered their lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning when third baseman Ryan Roberts plated a run off a throwing error, giving the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead. The Nats struggled to plate runs in the next few innings to tie the game, but runs were plated at the exact right moment.

Ian Desmond came up to bat with Bryce Harper on second base, following up back-to-back strikeouts. J.J. Putz was on the mound for Arizona, looking to pick up the final out of the game and the save, but Desmond instead hit a two-run walk-off shot in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.

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Diamondbacks Vs. Nationals: Bryce Harper's Eventful Bottom Of The Fourth

Bryce Harper recorded his first RBI and scored his first big-league run as the Washington Nationals took a 3-2 lead over the Arizona Diamonbacks after four innings at Nationals Park.

Batting with two outs and Danny Espinosa on second base, Harper cranked a Joe Saunders pitch off the right-center field wall to tie the game at 2-2. The next batter, Wilson Ramos, lined a shot off the glove of Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill. Harper tried to score from second base on the play and was able to knock Hill's throw out of the glove of catcher Miguel Montero.

Right now, that stands as the lead run. The Nationals lead the Diamondbacks, 3-2 in the top of the fifth.

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Nationals Vs. Diamondbacks Preview: Washington Looks To Snap Five-Game Losing Streak Against Arizona

The Washington Nationals are reeling at the moment. Losers of five games in a row and struggling for any kind of offensive production, the Nats look to snap their losing streak Wednesday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Edwin Jackson takes the hill for the Nats on Wednesday after going six and two-thirds innings allowing only six hits and three walks in a no-decision against San Diego.

The offense needs to turn around for the Nationals. During the losing streak, Washington has hit a paltry .155 while scoring only seven runs. It gets no easier for the Nationals as they face Arizona starting pitcher Joe Saunders, 2-1 with a 0.90 ERA. So far this season he has held batters to a .186 batting average. His last start was a three-hitter against the Miami Marlins on April 27.

Bryce Harper is also looking for his first multi-hit game of his career as he will bat out of the seventh spot in the order for the Nationals. The rest of the lineup is as such.

The game is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch at Nationals Park. Television coverage will be provided by MASN 2 with radio coverage on 106.7 The Fan and 1580 WFHS AM.

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Diamondbacks Vs. Nationals Recap: Washington Returns Home But Offensive Woes Continue In 5-1 Loss

The Washington Nationals losing streak extended to five games on Monday night, losing their series opener to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-1. The Nationals' offense was quiet yet again, with their scoreless streak reaching 17 straight innings until a late run in the bottom of the 8th. Roger Bernardina doubled to right field, and it looked as if he might stretch it into a triple until he stumbled and his better sense kicked in with the Nats already down four runs. Bernardina was knocked in right away by Ian Desmond, but that's all Washington would put on the board in a quick game.

Davey Johnson continues to receive excellent outings from his starting pitching staff, and it was Jordan Zimmermann's turn on Monday. The hard-throwing righty worked through the Diamondbacks lineup quickly, striking out six in 6.1 innings pitched. While there was never any significant rally, Arizona would put together some hits their third time through the lineup, scoring a run in both the fifth and sixth inning.

The Diamondbacks would add two more in the bottom of the 7th to make it 4-0, but the second run came on a blown call at home. Rookie sensation Bryce Harper threw an absolute laser on the fly from deep right field to nail John McDonald, who had tagged up at third. It was as impressive, if not more, than his rope on Saturday night against the Dodgers that Wilson Ramos could not handle as Jerry Hairston slid into home. This time, the ball just beat McDonald and Ramos applied the tag to the thigh as McDonald slid in. It was a bang-bang play, but replay showed the tag was down before his foot hit the plate.

It was an incredible throw -- nearly 300 feet and without Harper's ideally planted -- but it was the only real highlight in an otherwise dull game for Washington fans. At the plate, Harper was 0 for 3 with a strikeout as Arizona starter Trevor Cahill cruised through the Nats' lineup.

The Nationals will look to snap the streak on Wednesday evening with former Diamondback Edwin Jackson on the hill. Arizona will counter with Joe Saunders, who certainly won't be easy on the Nats' slumping bats.

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Nationals Vs. Diamondbacks: Bryce Harper Strikes Out In First Home At Bat

The Washington Nationals highly-touted young left fielder Bryce Harper is making his home debut tonight at Nationals Park against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Receiving a standing ovation, his first step to the plate in the bottom of the second inning, though, wasn't overly spectacular.

The 19-year-old looked, well, 19, striking out on two outside changeups from Arizona starter Trevor Cahill. Harper made his major league debut on Saturday against the Los Angles Dodgers.

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Nationals Vs. Diamondbacks Lineup: Bryce Harper Batting Seventh

The Washington Nationals begin their three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks this evening at Nationals Park. The team's lineup for the game is as follows. Most noteworthy? Nineteen-year-old Bryce Harper again in the lineup and batting seventh. Jordan Zimmermann, who is 1-1 with a 1.33 ERA this season, takes the hill.

Ian Desmond SS
Steve Lombardozzi 3B
Rick Ankiel CF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Jayson Werth RF
Danny Espinosa 2B
Bryce Harper LF
Wilson Ramos C
Jordan Zimmermann P

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Tickets For Bryce Harper's Home Debut Are Surprisingly Affordable

After hitting their peak on Saturday, tickets to see Bryce Harper's home debut have dropped considerably, according to TiqIQ's data.

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Diamondbacks Vs. Nationals: Bryce Harper To Make Home Debut Against Arizona

After an impressive first few days in the Major Leagues while the team was in Los Angeles, Bryce Harper returns to Washington to make his home debut on Tuesday.

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