Adams has 2 HR, 7 RBIs as Nats pound D’backs 15-5

Despite the loss, Arizona made strides on 7-3 road trip

Adams has 2 HR, 7 RBIs as Nats pound D’backs 15-5
Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte celebrates his home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Washington.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Matt Adams homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs, Anibal Sanchez got his 100th career victory, and the Washington Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 15-5 on Sunday to split their four-game series.

Adams, Anthony Rendon and Kurt Suzuki homered off Arizona reliever Zack Godley, and Adams added a grand slam against Stefan Crichton in the eighth. Adams has nine career multihomer games.

Adam Eaton had three hits and two walks for Washington, which piled up 15 hits while matching its season scoring high.

Sanchez (3-6) pitched six innings, allowing two runs and six hits while striking out three. He is 3-0 with a 1.54 ERA over four starts since returning from the injured list May 29. The 35-year-old is the second Nationals pitcher to reach 100 wins this month. Stephen Strasburg earned his 100th victory on June 4.

Arizona's Ketel Marte hit a solo shot in the first, his third homer in two days and 20th of the season, as part of a three-hit game.

Washington scored three runs in the first against Archie Bradley (2-4), with Howie Kendrick hitting a bases-loaded single and Suzuki following with a two-run single two batters later. Eaton chased Bradley, who made his first start since Oct. 1, 2016, with a one-out RBI single in the second.

Suzuki exited in the seventh inning when Tanner Rainey's pitch bounced in the dirt and hit the catcher in the right shoulder.


Diamondbacks: Manager Torey Lovullo said C Alex Avila will be shut down for "a couple of weeks" after an MRI revealed a Grade 1 strain of his left calf. ... INF Jake Lamb (strained left quadriceps) hit a two-run homer Saturday for Triple-A Reno. Lamb is hitting .263 with a home run and six RBIs in six games on his rehabilitation assignment.

Nationals: Washington placed RHP Kyle Barraclough (right radial nerve irritation) on the 10-day injured list. He is 1-2 with a 6.39 ERA in 32 relief appearances. INF Adrian Sanchez was recalled from Double-A Harrisburg, giving the Nationals a five-man bench.


Diamondbacks: Arizona is off Monday. RHP Merrill Kelly (7-6, 3.73 ERA) starts against Colorado on Tuesday as the Diamondbacks begin a nine-game homestand against NL West opponents.

Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (5-5, 4.11), who is 0-3 with an 11.37 ERA over his last three starts, gets the nod Monday as Philadelphia arrives for the opener of a four-game series.


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