Series: Game 2 of 3

Washington leads 2-0 (as of 9/2)

Game 1: Friday, September 1
Game 1: Saturday, September 2
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Game 2: Saturday, September 2
Game 3: Sunday, September 3

Diamondbacks 3

(64-71, 32-36 away)

Nationals 4

(58-77, 33-32 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 2, 2006

    RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. 

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    W: S. Rivera (2-0)

    L: L. Hernandez (10-12)

    S: C. Cordero (24)

    Nats complete doubleheader sweep of D-Backs

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Austin Kearns and Ryan Zimmerman homered to lead the Washington Nationals over Livan Hernandez and the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 Saturday night, completing a sweep of the day-night doubleheader.

    The Nationals rallied in both games of the doubleheader to extend their winning streak over the Diamondbacks at RFK Stadium to five.

    Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer and Zimmerman's bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning lifted the Nationals over the Diamondbacks 7-6 in the opening game for their first back-to-back wins in franchise history when trailing by two or more runs entering the ninth.

    Hernandez (10-12) was traded from the Nationals to Arizona on Aug. 7 and took a 3-1 lead into the eighth inning in his return to Washington. He struck out Jose Vidro to begin the inning. After Zimmerman's homer, Nick Johnson singled and Kearns hit a two-run drive to put the Nationals in front.

    Chad Cordero walked Eric Byrnes in the ninth and then struck out the side for his 24th save in 27 chances. Cordero (6-4) also threw two scoreless innings in the first game to get the win. Saul Rivera (2-0) got the win in the second game.

    Luis Gonzalez gave the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead in the nightcap with a two-run homer off starter Jason Bergmann in the third inning after Orlando Hudson reached on a walk.

    Hernandez dropped to 1-4 since he was acquired by Arizona. He yielded four runs and 11 hits over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out seven, walked one and also hit a batter with a pitch.

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