Four run sixth powers Nats to win over D-Backs

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Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals receives a curtain call after hitting a three run home run in the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks for his 500th career hit. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

By Michael Marzzacco

Trailing 2-0 heading to the sixth, the Nats could not even score a run but also struggled throughout the night trying to hit the ball. Diamondbacks started Matt Koch had a no-hitter into the sixth inning before it was broken up by a base hit by Jose Lobaton. From there, the Nats scored four runs and got a 4-2 win over Arizona on Tuesday night at Nationals Park.

Koch gave up a walk to Wilmer Difo and with runners on first and second, the D-Backs brought in reliever Randall Delgado. Pedro Severino came in to pinch run for Lobaton. Trea Turner walked to load the bases. Two batters later, Stephen Drew hit a sacrifice fly to score Severino. Then Anthony Rendon made his 500th career hit a three run homer into the left field visitor’s bullpen for his 19th of the season.

It was the lift the Nats needed to get the win and it notched Max Scherzer’s 19th win in the process. Scherzer went six innings allowing two runs but kept the Nats in the game. He struck out 10.

The Nats are now trying to secure home field advantage for their upcoming potential series against the Dodgers. Right now Washington holds a two game lead. The Nationals and Diamondbacks continue their series tonight at 7:05.

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