WASHINGTON - Washington right-hander Jordan Zimmermann remained unbeaten at home this season and rookie second baseman Anthony Rendon had three straight hits as the Washington Nationals beat the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 on Wednesday.
Zimmermann (11-3) went seven innings and allowed three hits and two runs on 102 pitches before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the last of the seventh. He is now 13-0 in his last 20 starts at Nationals Park as the go-ahead run scored in the fifth on a double play grounder by Ryan Zimmerman.
Rendon has now reached base in 22 of his last 23 games as he entered the game with an average of .337 in 95 at bats in two stints this season with the Nationals. He flew out to the warning track in left in his fourth at bat in the eighth against reliever Josh Collmenter.
Tyler Clippard came out of the bullpen to pitch a scoreless eighth for the Nationals (39-38) and closer Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 21st save as he retired A.J. Pollock on a pop out to Rendon with two runners on base to end the game.
Arizona starter Wade Miley (4-7) gave up three runs (two earned) before he was taken out for a pinch-hitter in the top of the eighth. The Diamondbacks (41-36) lost for the second night in a row following a five-game winning streak.
The Nationals took a 3-2 lead in the fifth when Ryan Zimmerman grounded into a double play as Denard Span scored.
Tyler Moore had hit his third homer of the year, a solo shot to left, to tie the game at 2-2 in the fourth against Arizona starter Wade Miley. Moore was called up from Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday for his second stint with the Nationals this season.
Zimmerman had an RBI double in the first to score Anthony Rendon, who singled, to pull the Nationals within 2-1.
Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt collected his league-leading 67th RBI with a double in the first to give the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Martin Prado singled in Goldschmidt to make it 2-0.
NOTES: Nationals OF Bryce Harper, on the disabled list with left knee bursitis, made his second rehab start Wednesday at Class A Potomac. He fanned in his first at bat as the DH but then hit a homer in his second at-bat. "We will be excited to get him back," SS Ian Desmond said. ... Washington prospect Taylor Jordan was named to the Futures Game, to be played July 14 at Citi Field in New York. The right-hander, who is 7-0 for Double-A Harrisburg, is a candidate to start for the Nationals on Saturday at the Mets, according to published reports. ... Arizona RHP Archie Bradley and 3B Matt Davidson were also named to the Futures Game. Bradley, the No. 3 prospect in the system according to Baseball America, was 5-3 with a 2.29 ERA for Double-A Mobile through Tuesday. Davidson was hitting .301 with 10 homers for Triple-A Reno. ... Arizona LHP Tony Sipp began the night with a streak of 11 scoreless outings on the road. His 0.82 road ERA was third best in the league. ... Since starting the season 7-3, the Nationals have never put together another stretch when they won seven out of 10 games. They have had only two stretches when they went 6-4 since the first 10 games.