Final

Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 8/23)

Game 1: Monday, August 22
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Game 2: Tuesday, August 23
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Game 3: Wednesday, August 24
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Game 4: Thursday, August 25
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Diamondbacks 2

(70-59, 34-33 away)

Nationals 0

(62-65, 37-26 home)

    7:25 PM ET, August 23, 2011

    Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. 

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    W: I. Kennedy (16-4)

    L: J. Zimmermann (8-11)

    S: J. Putz (31)

    Diamondbacks blank Nationals to end six-game losing streak

    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON -- The Arizona Diamondbacks had their routine completely upended before playing the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night, and manager Kirk Gibson wasn't complaining.

    Sean Burroughs hit a two-run home run and Ian Kennedy pitched seven scoreless innings in a 2-0 win that ended a six-game losing streak.

    The Diamondbacks' team bus arrived at Nationals Park 45 minutes late after being stuck in heavy traffic caused by the afternoon's East Coast earthquake. The bus, which arrived at 5:15 p.m., was set to be later than usual even before the disruption, as Gibson had decided not to have Arizona take batting practice.

    "We have a 4:15 bus again tomorrow, no BP, and I'm going to try and call another earthquake," Gibson said after the game. "If the earthquake doesn't show up, we'll do the rest the same."

    Kennedy (16-4) allowed six hits, struck out eight and had a single and a double at the plate. It was Kennedy's eighth win in his last nine starts.

    "It's been kind of crazy," Kennedy said. "It felt like high school all over again. You show up late, start getting ready an hour before the game."

    Although the Nationals had few real scoring chances, they did put the leadoff runner on base five times against Kennedy.

    "I wasn't making it easy on myself," he said.

    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 to right field. The home run was Burroughs' first since April 30, 2005.

    "Was basically looking dead red fastball, get out in front," Burroughs said. "I wasn't trying to hit a home run. I obviously never do."

    After Burroughs' homer, Kennedy doubled to end Zimmermann's day.

    "Definitely frustrating," Zimmermann said. "It's happened a couple of times this year where it's just one pitch at the end of the game. It's a home run or a double or something and they get a couple of runs."

    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 pitched 157 innings.

    Until Burroughs' homer broke the scoreless tie, the Diamondbacks' best scoring chance came in the fourth inning. With runners on second and third and one out, Ryan Roberts hit a sharp grounder and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman made a diving stop to throw out Roberts and save a run.

    "He's probably the only guy in the big leagues that catches it," Gibson said.

    Zimmermann hit Justin Upton with a pitch in the fourth, the fifth time Upton has been hit in six games against the Nationals this season. Upton reacted by angrily throwing his bat to the ground before walking to first base.

    "I was a little upset about it," Upton said. "I don't know if you're trying to hit me or not, but control your pitches."

    Kennedy hit Michael Morse with a pitch in the fourth, and home plate umpire Marvin Hudson warned both benches.

    "You could tell, none of them were on purpose," Kennedy said.

    Upton left in the middle of the fifth inning with a left elbow contusion and was replaced by Collin Cowgill. Gibson said Upton was day to day.

    Game notes


    The game was delayed 21 minutes because of the earthquake that hit the East Coast on Tuesday afternoon. ... Nationals manager Davey Johnson said right-hander Stephen Strasburg will make his next rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Syracuse. ... Outfielder Jayson Werth left the game for a defensive replacement in the ninth inning. After the game Werth said he had a mild hip flexor, although Johnson termed it a groin strain. "We'll see if Davey wants me to play tomorrow," Werth said. ... Washington introduced its top three draft picks -- third baseman Anthony Rendon, right-hander Alex Meyer and outfielder Brian Goodwin -- before the game. Rendon said he is completely recovered from a shoulder injury that hampered him at Rice this season. ... Arizona traded second baseman Kelly Johnson to the Toronto Blue Jays for infielders Aaron Hill and John McDonald. The Diamondbacks placed right-hander Jason Marquis (fractured right fibula) on the 60-day DL. ... Nationals right-hander Livan Hernandez (7-11) will start Wednesday against Arizona right-hander Daniel Hudson (12-9).

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    Game Information

    StadiumNationals Park, Washington, D.C.
    Attendance17,029 (41% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:44
    Weather81 degrees, clear
    Wind2 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Tim Mcclelland, Third Base - Brian Runge

    Research Notes

    From Elias: Sean Burroughs: first HR since April 30...2005! FROM ELIAS Last player to go longer than Burroughs between home runs since Erick Almonte, who entered a homerless drought of exactly 8 years on April 2, 2011.

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