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Nationals Vs. Diamondbacks Final: Five Run Fifth Inning Propels Washington To Eighth Straight Victory

The sizzling Washington Nationals notched their eight straight win on Sunday night with a 6-5 victory over the host Arizona Diamondbacks, overcoming early struggles from starter Edwin Jackson and a 4-1 third inning deficit. Jackson allowed five earned runs in five innings of work, but a five run fifth inning from the Washington offense propelled the team to victory.

Tom Gorzelanny, Ryan Mattheus, Mike Gonzalez and Tyler Clippard held the Arizona bats in check after the fifth inning, with closer Clippard earning his 24th save of the season via a perfect ninth inning.

Jayson Werth, hitting leadoff for manager Davey Johnson, and Ryan Zimmerman combined to go four for nine at the plate on Saturday night, driving in three runs combined. Steve Lombardozzi chipped in a two for four night at the dish with one run scored for the Nationals.

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