After a rough start against his former team, Arizona starter Javier Vazquez turned his season around.
Vazquez tries for his fifth straight win and a measure of revenge against Washington as the Diamondbacks and Nationals wrap up their three-game series at Bank One Ballpark.
Vazquez was traded to the Diamondbacks in the offseason as part of the deal that sent Randy Johnson to the New York Yankees. The 28-year-old right-hander, who went 4-5 with a 6.92 ERA after the All-Star break last season for the Yankees, allowed 18 runs in 13 innings in his first three starts this season.
The slow start was capped by a 5-3 loss to the Washington Nationals on April 14, Vazquez’s first-ever start against the team with whom he started his career. Vazquez, who went 64-68 in six seasons for the Montreal Expos before being traded to the Yankees prior to last season, allowed five earned runs and eight hits in six innings against the Nationals.
However, Vazquez won his next four starts, allowing just six runs in 31 innings. He allowed two earned runs and seven hits, striking out eight in seven innings of Friday’s 8-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates
“I don’t think Javy had his best stuff today,” manager Bob Melvin said, “but the sign of a true top-of-the-rotation guy is when he can go out there and still give you seven innings like he did.”
The Diamondbacks beat the Nationals 3-2 on Tuesday, snapping a 10-game losing streak against the Washington franchise. Troy Glaus hit his NL-leading 10th homer in the sixth, a three-run shot as Arizona snapped a three-game losing streak.
Brad Wilkerson doubled in both of the runs for Washington, which lost for just the second time in six games. The Nationals stranded a season high-tying 13 runners and left the bases loaded three times.
Tony Armas Jr., activated from the DL on Monday, made his first start since Sept. 12 at Atlanta and was charged with the loss.