Diamondbacks top Nationals 8-1
WASHINGTON (AP) - Wade Miley threw six scoreless innings to get his first major league victory, and Chris Young and Paul Goldschmidt homered as the Arizona Diamondbacks ended their road trip with an overdue burst of offense Thursday night in an 8-1 win over the Washington Nationals.
Miley (1-1) allowed five hits, struck out four and walked four in his second game in the majors. The 24-year-old left-hander repeatedly worked out of trouble - allowing two men to reach base in four of the first five innings - but he mixed his low 90s fastball with a generous dose of offspeed pitches to keep the Nationals in check.
The Diamondbacks relied heavily on their pitching to win the last three of a 4-6 road trip, salvaging a stretch in which their offense was mostly traveling elsewhere. Their eight-spot Thursday - with all the runs coming in the final four innings - was exactly half of the 16 they had scored in the previous nine games combined.
The Nationals were perfect fodder - because they don't score much, either. Washington had only three runs over the final three games of the four-game series, their lone tally in the finale coming on Michael Morse's RBI single off Bryan Shaw in the seventh.
Brad Ziegler relived Shaw and worked out of a first-and-second, one-out jam, getting Jayson Werth on a popout to third and Danny Espinosa on a long foul out to left. David Hernandez pitched the eighth, and Micah Owings the ninth.
John Lannan (8-10) allowed two runs to become Washington's latest hard-luck loser. He had one major mistake - a fastball that Young deposited about a half-dozen rows into the left field bleachers with one out in the sixth to break a scoreless tie. Lannan allowed seven hits over six innings in dropping his third straight decision.
The Diamondbacks added three runs in the eighth off Tyler Clippard, the most the Nationals' only All-Star has allowed in an outing this year. The first came when Justin Upton made a perfect, wide, hand-first slide to avoid the tag on Miguel Montero's double to right. Goldschmidt followed with a two-run homer to left.
Arizona added three more in the ninth, all of them unearned after an error by second baseman Espinosa. The paltry crowd gave the Nationals a mock cheer when Henry Rodriguez struck out Lyle Overbay to end the inning.
Miley, a 2008 draft pick by the Diamondbacks and the organization's minor league pitcher of the year in 2010, gave up five runs in four innings in an 8-1 loss to Atlanta in his major league debut Saturday. He went 4-1 with a 3.64 ERA at Triple-A Reno before being called up to replace Jason Marquis, who is on the disabled list with a broken leg.
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