Arroyo outpitches Strasburg, D-Backs top Nationals
- Associated Press
- May 13, 2014 - 11:20 PM
PHOENIX — Bronson Arroyo scattered seven hits in his 16th career complete game and also singled twice off Stephen Strasburg, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Washington Nationals 3-1 Tuesday night.
Paul Goldschmidt doubled twice and drove in two runs.
Arroyo (4-2), who pitched two complete games for Cincinnati last season, struck out seven and walked one. Over his last three starts, he has allowed one earned run in 23 1-3 innings.
He also became the second pitcher to get two hits off Strasburg. The other was Tim Hudson.
Strasburg (3-3) went seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, striking out six with no walks.
The Diamondbacks won for just the fourth time in 17 games at Chase Field this season.
Washington scored first when Wilson Ramos led off the second with a single and Ian Desmond tripled. Desmond was stranded when Danny Espinosa struck out, Tyler Moore walked and Kevin Frandsen grounded into a double play.
Arizona tied it at 1 in the fourth. Goldschmidt led off with a double down the right-field line, then scored when Miguel Montero singled sharply.
In the fifth, Arroyo led off with his second single of the night. Martin Prado — 4 for 20 in his career against Strasburg to that point — singled up the middle to put runners on first and second, and Goldschmidt drove in both runners with a soaring double to deep center. It was the major league-leading 55th hit for Goldschmidt.
Washington — without top hitters Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche — didn't threaten again until the eighth. Pinch-hitter Nate McLouth singled past the first baseman Goldschmidt, a play that could have been ruled an error, then Anthony Rendon's two-out single put runners at first and second. Jayson Werth flied out to left to end the inning.
After getting game-tying and winning ninth-inning homers off Addison Reed in the ninth in their 6-5 win in the series opener Monday night, the Nationals didn't get a runner on base in the final inning against Arroyo.
NOTES: Washington is 1-4 with one game left on its trip out West. ... Arizona's other home wins were April 1 over San Francisco, April 25 over Philadelphia and April 30 over Colorado. ... In the series finale on Wednesday, Washington starts Doug Fister (0-1, 10.38) against Brandon McCarthy (1-6, 5.66). ... If Arizona wins Wednesday, it would be the first series victory for the Diamondbacks at home this season.
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