Arizona Sends Washington to Its Fourth Straight Loss


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The Diamondbacks’ David Peralta after homering in a 6-4 victory over the Nationals.

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The rookie Zack Godley pitched six scoreless innings to continue a stellar start to his career, and the Arizona Diamondbacks homered four times and then hung on to beat the Nationals, 6-4, in Washington on Monday night.

Nick Ahmed homered and had four hits as the Diamondbacks improved to 5-2 on a 10-game trip while handing the Nationals their fourth straight loss and helping to drop them behind the Mets in the National League East.

Godley became the second Arizona pitcher to win in each of his first three major league outings.

David Peralta and Welington Castillo added back-to-back homers off Nationals starter Doug Fister (4-7), and Jake Lamb hit a high-arcing shot in the ninth in Jonathan Papelbon’s home debut in Washington.

Ryan Zimmerman homered for Washington, which scored all four of its runs in the ninth inning, forcing Brad Ziegler to come on for his 19th save.

Godley remains unblemished after being called up in July with no Class AAA experience and only three career starts with Class AA Mobile.

BRAVES 9, GIANTS 8 Adonis Garcia hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning off Ryan Vogelsong, and Atlanta completed its final comeback of the game, defeating San Francisco.

Down by 6-0 against Matt Cain going into the sixth, the Braves rallied with four runs. A. J. Pierzynski hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Santiago Casilla, tying the score at 7-7.

Buster Posey homered early for the Giants and then hit a go-ahead single in the 12th.

Jace Peterson led off the Braves 12th by reaching on a throwing error by shortstop Brandon Crawford, who had two home runs. Vogelsong (7-7), trying to earn the first save of his 11-season career, fell behind in the count, and Garcia homered over the center-field wall.

Garcia made his major league debut this season and has three home runs in 11 games.

The Giants have lost two in a row for the first time since stopping a seven-game skid in July.

RANGERS 12, ASTROS 9 Adrian Beltre became the first major leaguer since the 1930s to hit for his third career cycle, and host Texas held on for a wild victory over Houston, the leader of the American League West.

Beltre’s solo homer in the fifth, a liner deep into the seats in left field, completed the cycle against three Houston pitchers.

BURNETT HOPES TO RETURN The Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander A .J. Burnett said he was hopeful of pitching again this season after a magnetic resonance imaging test on his pitching elbow revealed a strained flexor tendon rather than a torn ligament.

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Burnett, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, said, “I’m going to do everything I can to make it back.”

He reiterated that he would retire at the end of the season. Doctors told him to rest four weeks before he started throwing again. But he said that was subject to change.

Burnett has gone 1-2 with a 10.13 E.R.A. in three starts since the All-Star break after a first half in which he went 7-3.



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