Nationals 5, Diamondbacks 3

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WASHINGTON (AP)—Austin Kearns hit a two-run double in a four-run eighth inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 Sunday for their fourth straight come-from-behind victory.

Washington trailed entering the bottom of the eighth in all four wins. The Nationals’ victory Sunday completed a three-game sweep and sent the Diamondbacks to their fifth straight loss.

Arizona dropped to 0-6 at RFK Stadium and at 64-72 fell eight games below .500 for the first time this season.

Brandon Webb (14-6) had a 3-1 lead and had retired 19 of 20 batters, including 13 in a row, before Nook Logan reached on a bunt single leading off the eighth. Pinch-hitter Ryan Church walked, and Felipe Lopez and Ryan Zimmerman hit consecutive RBI singles.

Nick Johnson was intentionally walked, and Kearns hit a 3-2 pitch to deep right-center.

Logan is 3-for-8 since he was acquired from Detroit on Friday. The center fielder also robbed Stephen Drew of an extra-base hit with a sprawling catch in the third inning.

Ryan Wagner (3-2) pitched 1 2-3 innings, and Jon Rauch pitched a perfect ninth for his first major league save. Nationals closer Chad Cordero pitched three innings in Saturday’s doubleheader.

Nationals starter Tony Armas Jr. gave up three runs, four hits and four walks in 6 1-3 innings.

Kearns hit an RBI single in the first, but Arizona built its lead on Chad Tracy’s fifth-inning homer, Conor Jackson’s sixth-inning sacrifice fly and Orlando Hudson’s seventh-inning RBI single. Hudson’s hit drove in Carlos Quentin, who sprinted home from second and slipped a hand on the plate underneath Brian Schneider’s tag.


Alfonso Soriano stole his 36th base as he closes in on joining Jose Canseco, Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds as the fourth member of baseball’s 40-home run, 40-stolen base club. Soriano has 44 homers. … Tracy’s home run was his 16th but his first since July 31.

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