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Diamondbacks 3, Nationals 2 (11 innings)

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WASHINGTON -- Didi Gregorius delivered an RBI bunt single in the 11th inning. and the Arizona Diamondbacks salvaged the finale of a three-game set with a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday.

Miguel Montero led off the 11th with a ground-rule double to center off Craig Stammen (4-3). Cody Ross followed with a sacrifice bunt, and after a walk to Jason Kubel, Gregorius pushed a perfect bunt into the no-man's land between home and first to give the Diamondbacks the lead.

Josh Collmenter (4-0) pitched a scoreless 10th inning to earn the win. Heath Bell worked around a single in the bottom of the 11th to earn his 14th save of the season and end Arizona's two-game losing streak.

Pitching aces Patrick Corbin and Stephen Strasburg lived up to the hype in their mound showdown, but neither was around for the decision.

Both starters finished with similar lines and each made one mistake. Corbin allowed Ian Desmond's team-leading 13th home run in the fourth, a two-run shot, and Strasburg gave up a sixth-inning, two-run homer to Aaron Hill. It was Hill's third long ball of the season.

The game featured great defensive plays along with the solid pitching efforts. Arizona's Gerardo Parra crashed into the center field wall to take away an extra-base hit from Tyler Moore in the seventh, and later in that inning, Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt robbed Denard Span of a go-ahead RBI double.

Ryan Zimmerman almost won the game for Washington in the 10th, hitting a deep drive to right that brought the crowd to its feet, but Ross gathered the ball on the warning track to set the stage for Arizona's victory.

Both pitchers were sharp early, despite a 62-minute rain delay to start the game.

Strasburg only needed eight pitches to retire Arizona in order in the first inning and didn't allow his first hit until a bloop single by Parra in the third. Ross mimicked breaking his bat over his knee after striking out to end the fourth.

Corbin allowed a stinging double off the base of the scoreboard in left field by Zimmerman in the first inning but settled down after that, striking out five Nationals in his first five innings.

But in the fourth, after walking Adam LaRoche, Corbin made a big mistake, leaving a 2-2 slider over the plate, and Desmond drilled it into the Arizona bullpen to give Washington a 2-0 advantage.

NOTES: All signs point to Washington calling up RHP Taylor Jordan to pitch Saturday's game at New York. The Nationals outrighted RHP Ryan Perry to Double-A Harrisburg, opening a spot on the 40-man roster. Manager Davey Johnson did not officially confirm the move but smiled when asked about Jordan. ... Arizona INF Willie Bloomquist, who was hit on the left hand by a pitch during Wednesday's game, was only available as a pinch runner, even though X-rays came back negative. ... Nationals OF Bryce Harper was expected to play a full game Thursday for Harrisburg while rehabbing his injured left knee. The team plans to activated Harper from the disabled list for Monday's game against Milwaukee if all goes well. ... The Diamondbacks continue their 10-game trip in Atlanta on Friday. The Nationals play three in New York against the Mets this weekend.
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