Series: Game 3 of 3

Washington won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, September 1
Game 1: Saturday, September 2
in 11
Game 2: Saturday, September 2
Game 3: Sunday, September 3

Diamondbacks 3

(64-72, 32-37 away)

Nationals 5

(59-77, 34-32 home)

    1:05 PM ET, September 3, 2006

    RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. 

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    W: R. Wagner (3-2)

    L: B. Webb (14-6)

    S: J. Rauch (1)

    Kearns helps pesky Nats come back again for win

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Nationals keep rallying in the late innings.

    Austin Kearns hit a two-run double in a four-run eighth inning, and the Washington Nationals beat Arizona 5-3 Sunday for their fourth consecutive come-from-behind victory.

    The Nationals have won their last four games despite trailing by at least two runs in the eighth inning or later in each game. According to Elias Sports Bureau, that's the longest winning streak of its kind in major-league history. No other National League team has ever won even three straight games in that fashion; a trio of AL teams won three in a row under those circumstances (1966 Orioles, 1971 Tigers and 1995 Indians).

    "The main thing that they can get out of this is that you don't never give up," Nationals manager Frank Robinson said. "As long as you have an out left, you have a chance to win a ballgame. That's a good lesson for a young ballclub."

    Kearns wanted to play Sunday despite going 20 innings in Saturday's doubleheader with a tight right groin.

    "I'm fine," said Kearns, who has 13 RBI in his last 13 games. "I told Frank I was fine. It's nothing where I felt like I couldn't play."

    Arizona dropped to 0-6 at RFK Stadium and at 64-72 fell eight games below .500 for the first time this season.

    Brandon Webb (14-6) had a 3-1 lead and had retired 19 of 20 batters, including 13 in a row, before Nook Logan reached on a bunt single leading off the eighth. Pinch-hitter Ryan Church walked, and Felipe Lopez and Ryan Zimmerman hit consecutive RBI singles.

    Nick Johnson was intentionally walked, and Kearns hit a 3-2 pitch to deep right-center, chasing Webb.

    "I felt good," Webb said. "That is the way it is going for the whole team. Bad luck."

    Webb struck out eight.

    "Webby did all he could do, except for the last pitch," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "He was a little spotty in the first inning, but really good after that."

    Ryan Wagner (3-2) pitched 1 2-3 innings, and Jon Rauch pitched a perfect ninth for his first career major league save. Nationals closer Chad Cordero was given the day off after pitching three innings in Saturday's doubleheader.

    "I think it's real big for the team," Rauch said. "To get a sweep, especially the way we've been playing and all that's been going, it's a great thing."

    Nationals starter Tony Armas Jr. gave up three runs, four hits and four walks in 6 1-3 innings, his longest outing since a seven-inning no-decision on Aug. 13.

    Kearns hit an RBI single in the first, but Arizona built its lead on Chad Tracy's fifth-inning homer, Conor Jackson's sixth-inning sacrifice fly and Orlando Hudson's seventh-inning RBI single. Hudson's hit drove in Carlos Quentin, who sprinted home from second and slipped a hand on the plate underneath Brian Schneider's tag.

    Game notes

    Alfonso Soriano stole his 36th base as he closes in on joining Jose Canseco, Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds as the fourth member of baseball's 40-home run, 40-stolen base club. Soriano has 44 homers. ... Tracy's home run was his 16th but his first since July 31. ... Logan is 3-for-8 since he was acquired from Detroit on Friday, where he played most recently with Double-A Erie. The center fielder also robbed Stephen Drew of an extra-base hit with a sprawling catch in the third inning ... Webb has allowed 16 earned runs in his last four starts, going 1-2.

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