11:38 PM EDT, August 23, 2011
Sean Burroughs hit a two-run home run and Ian Kennedy pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
Kennedy (16-4) allowed six hits, struck out eight batters, and also had a single and a double at the plate. It was Kennedy’s eighth win in his last nine starts, and ended a six-game Arizona losing streak.
Burroughs’ homer to right field with one out in the seventh inning was his first since April 30, 2005.
J.J. Putz pitched the ninth for his 31st save.
Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann (8-11) held the Diamondbacks scoreless on three hits through six innings, but gave up two runs, two hits and a walk in the seventh.
After getting a groundout by Lyle Overbay to lead off the inning, Zimmermann gave up a walk to Chris Young before Burroughs’ homer and Kennedy’s double brought on reliever Tyler Clippard.
The start was likely the second to last outing of the season for Zimmermann. The right-hander is in his first full season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August 2009, and the Nationals have said he will be limited to about 160 innings this year. After going 6 1/3 against Arizona, Zimmermann has now pitched 157 innings.
Until Burrough’s homer broke the scorelss tie, the Diamondbacks’ best scoring chance came in the fourth inning. Gerardo Parra singled and Zimmermann hit Justin Upton with a pitch. The runners advanced to second and third on Miguel Montero’s flyout. Ryan Roberts hit a sharp grounder and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman made a diving stop to throw out Roberts and save a run. Overbay flew out, ending the inning with the runners stranded.
It was the fifth time Upton has been hit in six games against the Nationals this season, and he reacted by angrily throwing his bat to the ground before walking to first base. Kennedy hit Michael Morse with a pitch in the bottom of the fourth, and home plate umpire Marvin Hudson warned both benches.
Upton left in the middle of the fifth inning with a left elbow contusion and was replaced by Collin Cowgill.
Washington loaded the bases with one out in the fifth inning but did not get a run across. Ryan Zimmerman struck out looking on a curveball, and then Michael Morse struck out to end the inning. During the at-bat Morse argued he was hit by a pitch, but Hudson ruled it hit his bat.
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