WASHINGTON (AP) -The
hadn't won in more than a week.
hadn't won in nearly eight weeks.
' last extra-base hit? That was four weeks ago.
It was about time.
Flores hit a three-run, pinch-hit homer, Lannan threw six scoreless innings and the Nationals broke a six-game losing streak
Wednesday night with a 5-0 win over the
''It's great to end the losing streak,'' Lannan said.
Especially given that Lannan (5-9) had been receiving the worst run support in the majors. He had allowed three or fewer runs
in seven of his previous eight outings without a victory to show for it.
Lannan allowed two hits and walked three on Wednesday for his first win since May 18, even though he felt his effort was very
''I didn't have anything really,'' Lannan said. ''I was making some pitches that could have went either way. I had to make
pitches in the right situations, and I got double plays. I went out there and battled without my best stuff.''
It was the Nationals' first shutout since May 19.
each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
The loss dropped first-place Arizona (45-46) back below .500 and denied the Diamondbacks their first three-game winning streak
in nearly two months.
Like Lannan, Arizona starter
(6-8) didn't have his best stuff. Unlike Lannan, Owings failed to bail himself out because he was so wild. Back after missing
his last start with an injured gluteus muscle, he hit three batters and walked five over 5 2-3 innings.
''I don't have any answers for how I felt,'' Owings said. ''I wasn't sharp.''
The real damage was done after Owings was replaced by
in the sixth. With the score 1-0 and runners on first and second, Robertson allowed a two-out RBI double to
and Flores' three-run shot into the visitor's bullpen in left center.
The homer was Flores' fifth of the season and the first as a pinch-hitter in his career. It was also his first extra-base
hit since a home run on June 14. Manager Manny Acta had been resting Flores more in recent games because of the struggles
at the plate.
''Manny gave the opportunity to pinch hit. He still believes in me, and I can feel that confidence,'' Flores said. ''Tonight
I had a good pitch to hit, and I hit it out of the park.''
The game pitted the two worst hitting teams in the National League as well as two pitchers without a victory in their last
14 combined starts. On Tuesday, the teams played a 2-0 game in which neither run was earned.
The product, therefore, was mind-numbing, at least until Flores' homer. The teams combined for nine walks, three hit batters
and six double plays. For the first five innings, the game almost deserved to be rained out, but somehow the dark and stormy
clouds that virtually surrounded Nationals Park managed to dump their rain elsewhere.
The Diamondbacks didn't get a runner past first base for the entire game.
''It's pretty frustrating,'' manager
said. ''All our guys are frustrated.''
Owings was already among the league leaders in hit batsmen entering the game, and three more shot him to the top of the chart.
's jersey and then plunked
Paul Lo Duca
just above the left knee to load the bases in the second inning. He then walked Casto, the No. 8 hitter, to force in the game's
Two innings later, Owings nailed
in the upper arm. That put him at 11 hit batters for the season, tying him with Baltimore's
for the major league lead.
''You can't think about it too much,'' Owings said, ''because you've still got to approach guys and go at guys like you would.''
Notes: The Nationals are awaiting word on whether LHP
will be fined or suspended for his outburst against umpire Angel Hernandez. Perez called Hernandez ''stupid and (an) idiot''
after the umpire called two balks on him in Tuesday night's 2-0 loss to the Diamondbacks. Fans booed when Hernandez was introduced
before Wednesday's game. ... The Nationals moved RHP
(shoulder) from the 15-day to the 60-day DL. ... Diamondbacks OF
was scratched from the lineup after straining a rib cage muscle during batting practice. He is day-to-day. ... Casto got his
first career stolen base in the eighth.