06/16 17:06 CDT Adams rewards dad's travels, has 2 HR and 7 RBIs for Nats
Adams rewards dad's travels, has 2 HR and 7 RBIs for Nats
WASHINGTON (AP) --- Three years ago, Matt Adams' dad initiated a holiday
tradition with his slugging son: No matter where Adams was playing, he would be
in the stadium on Father's Day.
Jamie Adams got a big payoff for his roughly three-hour drive from Pennsylvania
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 tied
a career best with two long drives and has nine career multihomer games.
"It's something special to be able to have a game like this, career-high RBIs
and to be able to have him in the stands," Adams said.
Adam Eaton had three hits and two walks for Washington, which piled up 15 hits
while matching its season scoring high.
Arizona went 7-3 on its three-city road trip but allowed its most runs since an
18-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 30.
"It was just a dud of a game," manager Torey Lovullo said.
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
"Why not? Make your 100 on that kind of special day," said Sanchez, whose two
children were in attendance. "But 100, that's special any day."
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.
"There's been a lot of times this year giving up runs when I had no clue where
the ball was going --- I didn't feel confident, I didn't feel good." Bradley
said. "(Today) I stood on the mound and I threw the ball where I wanted to. I
saw the pitches I wanted to throw. They kind of hit them today. It wasn't
necessarily like I got crushed. They just hit them where we weren't, and I kind
of put us in a hole early."
Arizona OF 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. He hit .372 (16 of
43) with six homers and 7 RBIs on the Diamondbacks' trip.
"He's playing at an All-Star pace," Lovullo said. "I hope he gets strong
consideration. The game is on national TV yesterday and the world saw somebody
do something pretty special. He's a good player. Like I keep saying over and
over, we're getting a chance to watch him every single day and the rest of the
country needs to pay attention to what's going on here."
Suzuki exited in the seventh with a neck injury when Tanner Rainey's pitch
bounced in the dirt and hit the catcher. "The doctor said he is fine,"
Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "He is in there now, and he said he is
fine. But it was kind of scary when he got lightheaded and couldn't walk back
to the dugout."
Diamondbacks: 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
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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