Nationals reel off 7th straight


Adam LaRoche hit a game-winning solo home run with two outs in the 11th inning to help the Washington Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Monday night for their seventh straight win.

It was the third walk-off win in as many days for NL-East leading Washington.

LaRoche sent a 3-1 pitch from Will Harris (0-3) off the wall in the back of the Nationals bullpen and was mobbed by his teammates at home plate.

“I got every bit of it, I did,” LaRoche said after his first career walk-off homer.

Winning pitcher Craig Stammen (3-4) pitched out of a bases-loaded, no outs jam in the top of the inning.

Arizona tied it 4-4 when David Peralta led off the ninth with a solo homer off Tyler Clippard.

Washington trailed 3-2 when Denard Span doubled with one-out in the eighth against Brad Ziegler and Anthony Rendon followed with a triple to tie it.

Stammen struck out 23-year-old Jake Lamb and 24-year-old Didi Gregorius before pinch hitter Cliff Pennington grounded out.

“We missed our opportunity, me striking out instead of putting the ball in play,” Gregorius said.

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson was quick to point out the duo’s successes Monday night, as they combined to drive in three runs, two on a Gregorius homer.

“You’ve got to give them credit. They both contributed,” he said. “They’re younger, and it’s kind of an excitable moment and they’ll get better the more times they go through it.”

Miguel Montero had three hits for Arizona, and rookie Ender Inciarte extended his hitting streak to 18 games.

Arizona had taken the lead in the top of the eighth.

Lamb drew a lead-off walk off Jordan Zimmermann, and Gregorius sent a 3-2 fastball into the Nationals bullpen for his fifth home run.

Wilson Ramos had given Washington a 2-1 lead with a two-run homer off Arizona starter Vidal Nuno in the seventh.

Nuno, winless in eight starts with the Diamondbacks, pitched well, allowing two runs and five hits over seven innings.

Zimmermann went seven-plus innings, allowing three runs on four hits.

Braves 7, Pirates 3

In Pittsburgh, Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons homered to begin a six-run first inning as Atlanta beat the sliding Pirates for its fourth consecutive victory.

The early outburst was enough for Ervin Santana, who allowed three solo homers among nine hits in 5⅓ innings. Santana (13-6) improved to 8-1 over his past 10 starts.

Pittsburgh has lost six in a row.

Cubs 4, Mets 1

In New York, Kyle Hendricks and two relievers held the Mets to four or fewer hits for the fifth straight game and Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez hit long homers as the Cubs rallied for a victory.

Hendricks (5-1) gave up just three hits in seven innings, allowing only Lucas Duda’s home run in the fourth. The rookie right-hander won his fourth straight start — yielding four earned runs over 29⅓ innings.

Cardinals 6, Reds 5 (10)

In St. Louis, Jhonny Peralta’s 10th-inning single, his third hit of the game, drove in the winning run to give the Cardinals a victory over Cincinnati.

Jay Bruce homered, doubled and knocked in four runs for the Reds, giving him nine RBIs in four games. Brandon Phillips returned from left thumb surgery wearing a brace and was 0-for-4 with a walk.


Phillies 4, Mariners 1

In Philadelphia, Jerome Williams took a three-hitter into the eighth inning and Andres Blanco hit his first homer in three years as the Phillies beat Seattle.

Making his second start since joining Philadelphia, Williams (1-0) allowed one run and three hits in seven-plus innings.