By Michael Marzzacco
The Nationals swept the three game series over the Diamondbacks in Arizona by counts of 14-1, 10-4, and 8-3.
Game one was on Monday night and the Nats struck early with a four run first inning. With the bases loaded, Anthony Rendon drove in the first run of the night via the sac fly. RBI singles were followed by Wilson Ramos, Clint Robinson and Danny Espinosa. In the second, Rendon smacked a two run double to score Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy. In the fourth, RBI singles by Ramos and Nats starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg put Washington ahead 8-1. Murphy doubled in the top of the fifth to score Harper. In the eighth the Nats added five runs. An RBI double by Wilmer Difo scored two runs. Trea Turner launched a triple and Chris Heisey rounded out the scoring with a sacrifice fly.
Strasburg picked up his 15th win on the season and looked impressive in his six innings of work striking out six batters.
The Nats took game two of the series 10-4. They took a 1-0 lead in the first with an RBI groundout by Daniel Murphy. After the Diamondbacks took a 2-1 lead the Nationals evened things up in the fourth. Wilmer Difo singled in Anthony Rendon.
Washington took the lead for good in the fifth. Wilson Ramos smashed a three-run homer to the left field seats. Chris Heisey followed with a solo shot making it 6-2. Jayson Werth homered in the seventh and the Nats scored three runs in the eighth. Trea Turner singled home Difo. Daniel Murphy sent Turner home and Rendon singled home Werth.
Tanner Roark had another good outing on the mound. He went 6.1 innings with six strikeouts.
The Nationals swept the D-Backs with a 8-3 win in the finale. Trea Tuner blasted his second big league home run, first of the season. He crushed the ball into left-center for a 451 foot bomb.
After the D-Backs tied things up in the fifth, Daniel Murphy homered in the sixth into the right field stands. The Nats loaded the bases and starting pitcher Max Scherzer helped his own cause with an RBI single into centerfield that scored Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa.
The Nats added four more runs in the final inning. With Murphy and Rendon on, Espinosa hit a ground rule double into right field that scored Murphy. The Nats loaded the bases and Pedro Severino drew a walk for another run across the plate. Clint Robinson followed with a single into centerfield that scored Espinosa and Wilmer Difo.
Scherzer got the win and improved his record to 12-6. He went eight innings striking out 11.
The Nats return home this weekend to face the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park.