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The Diamondbacks opened the game with three straight home runs off Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer and ended it with Brandon Drury’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 6-5 victory Friday night.

The home runs by David Peralta, A.J. Pollock and Jake Lamb started the Diamondbacks on the way to a 5-0 lead.

The feat was the first in the majors since Baltimore did it against Texas in the bottom of the first on May 10, 2012.

It was the first time in Nationals history (2005 to present) that an opposing team has hit back-to-back-to-back home runs.

The Diamondbacks last hit three straight homers on Aug. 11, 2010, when they had four in a row at Milwaukee.

It was the most runs allowed by Scherzer in a first inning since July 2, 2011, against San Francisco, when he gave up five.

Scherzer’s five runs allowed tied for the most he’s given up in a start this season, and the five innings tied for his shortest outing of the season.

Arizona sent nine batters to the plate in the four-run first and the Diamondbacks made it 5-0 in the second on Lamb’s RBI double.

– Associated Press

Nationals tie it at 5

After adding a run in the sixth to move within 1, the Nationals finally tied the Diamondbacks at 5 in the eighth.

Right-hander Archie Bradley, in his second straight inning of work, gave up a leadoff double to Washington second baseman Daniel Murphy. The Diamondbacks were able to get Murphy out, catching him in a rundown, but an ensuing Matt Wieters double put a runner on third with just one out.

And that runner – Anthony Rendon – scored when shortstop Wilmer Difo grounded to first.

Chipping away

The Nationals pulled closer to the Diamondbacks in the fifth, adding a pair of runs.

With runners on second and third and just one out, center fielder Brian Goodwin grounded out to right-hander Zack Godley. But instead of throwing home to catch Matt Wieters trying to score, Godley threw to first for the out.

Washington made it 5-3 on a Ryan Raburn single, bringing up the tying run – right fielder Bryce Harper. 

After a huddle with pitching coach Mike Butcher, Godley got Harper to strike out to end the inning.

More offense

Nationals starter Max Scherzer’s second time through the Diamondbacks order was much better than his first look, but he still struggled with two hitters:

A.J. Pollock and Jame Lamb.

After both players homered in the first as part of an impressive back-to-back-to-back start by the Diamondbacks, Pollock and Lamb doubled in the second to put Arizona up 5-0.

As for the Nationals’ hitters, they didn’t tally their first hit until the fourth – a double by Harper to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games. Harper went on to score after a Daniel Murphy double off Godley.

Three in a row

The Diamondbacks had a historic start Friday against Scherzer, opening the game with three straight homers for the first time in club history.

Right fielder David Peralta started the streak with a leadoff shot to right. Pollock followed that up with a home run to left, and then Lamb smashed another home run to right. 

It was the first time the Diamondbacks went back-to-back-to-back since Aug.11, 2010, when they smacked four straight homers against the Brewers in the fourth inning. The Diamondbacks were the first team to start the game with three homers in a row since the Orioles did it May 10, 2012, against the Rangers, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt continued the hit parade with a single up the middle before Scherzer finally retired No. 5 hitter Daniel Descalso, getting Descalso to strike out. 

Arizona tacked on a fourth run on a single from catcher Jeff Mathis, with second baseman Brandon Drury scoring after he walked. 

Scherzer finally escaped the inning when he got Godley to strike out.

Banda set for his debut

Since right-hander Taijuan Walker left earlier in the week for the birth of his son, the Diamondbacks have reconfigured their rotation by bumping up starters Patrick Corbin and Zack Godley to pitch a day earlier than they were scheduled.

But they’re poised to add a new name to the mix Saturday, positioning left-hander Anthony Banda to make his major-league debut against the Nationals.

“We feel this is the right situation for Anthony to come in and help us win a ballgame,” manager Torey Lovullo said.

Banda, who was acquired in the Gerardo Parra trade with the Brewers in 2014 and has been regarded as one of the team’s top prospects, has spent the entire season in Triple-A, going 7-5 with a 5.08 ERA. His last appearance with Reno was a dud, as he gave up seven runs off 15 hits in just five innings Monday against Salt Lake.

But the 23-year-old allowed three or fewer runs in his previous four starts and has cut back on walks, issuing only three in his past four games while striking out 17 in that span.

“Anthony’s been throwing the ball very well, outside of his last outing,” Lovullo said. “His walk-to-strikeout ratio was exceptional. He had three real good outings. I think overall, he’s been growing and learning. As a young pitcher, he’s been figuring out game planning, understanding how important attacking game plans are, and just growing as a young pitcher should in the minor leagues, and player development’s done a good job with him. I know April wasn’t a good month for him, but May seemed to really trend up and spike up.”

The Diamondbacks had yet to make Banda’s addition official but would have to make a corresponding roster move. Walker, who left before his scheduled start Thursday, won’t rejoin the team until next week as he remains on the paternity-leave list. His son and wife, Heather, are doing great, Lovullo said, and Walker was able to make it from Cincinnati to Phoenix in time for the birth of the couple’s first child.

He’s likely to return to the rotation Tuesday against the Braves.

Injury update

Outfielder Rey Fuentes, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a left thumb contusion, will be shut down for the next several days.

Fuentes was checked out by the team’s hand specialist and is dealing with laxity and discomfort in his thumb, Lovullo said. An X-ray did not reveal any breaks.

“We’re very thankful for that,” Lovullo said.

Right-hander Randall Delgado (elbow inflammation) remains idle, as he’s in the midst of not throwing for up to 15 days.

As for fellow right-hander Rubby De La Rosa, who’s been sidelined with shoulder inflammation, he was scheduled to throw a rehab game Friday with Reno.

Outfielder Yasmany Tomas (right groin tendinitis) still has “minimal discomfort with certain movements when he gets on his feet,” Lovullo said. Tomas hasn’t played since June 2 but has been staying active.

“He’s been in the batting cage,” Lovullo said. “He’s been hitting. He’s been throwing, and everything is trending in a very positive direction.”

Shortstop Nick Ahmed remains on the mend after fracturing his right hand in late June.

“He still has the pins in his hand, and we’re going to make sure we do everything at the appropriate time for him,” Lovullo said.

Short hop

The Diamondbacks agreed to terms with five international signees, including outfielder Kristian Robinson – the No. 9 prospect by Baseball America from the 2017 international class.

Arizona also signed outfielder Jorge Barrosa, the 44th-ranked prospect by Baseball America from the 2017 international class, infielder Neyfy Castillo, catcher Sergio Gutierrez and infielder Liover Peguero.

Martinez undergoes MRI

Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez underwent an MRI on Friday on his left hand after getting hit by a pitch Wednesday, and the results came back negative.

It’s possible Martinez, who was acquired in a trade with the Tigers on Tuesday, makes his home debut Friday against the Nationals off the bench, as manager Torey Lovullo didn’t rule out Martinez’s availability.

“We’re very encouraged and thankful for the news that we got,” Lovullo said.

Martinez was hit by a pitch in his second at-bat Wednesday, suffering a left hand contusion. The team planned to put him through tests to gauge how he felt.

Rotation outlook

Left-hander Anthony Banda is poised to make his major-league debut Saturday, sliding into the rotation with right-hander Taijuan Walker remaining on the paternity-leave list.

Walker won’t return until after this weekend series against the Nationals, likely slotting back into the rotation Tuesday against the Braves.

Lineup

David Peralta is batting leadoff for the Diamondbacks against the Nationals, with Jeff Mathis behind the plate for starting pitcher Zack Godley.

 

Friday’s game 

Nationals at Diamondbacks

When: 6:40 p.m.

Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).

Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Zack Godley (3-4, 3.09) vs. Nationals RHP Max Scherzer (11-5, 2.01).

TV/Radio: FSAZ, FSAZ+/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).

RHP Taijuan Walker’s placement on the paternity list has muddied up the club’s upcoming starters. LHP Patrick Corbin was supposed to start this game but he instead started Thursday. RHP Zack Godley and RHP Matt Koch appear to be the most likely candidates to take the ball. … Scherzer has had a tremendous 19-start run to open the season, pitching better than anyone in the majors. He leads the league in strikeouts (183 in 134 1/3 innings) and has the lowest WHIP (0.80) and the lowest hits per nine innings (5.1). … He faced the Diamondbacks on May 4, allowing just one run on two hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out 11. … He has made two starts at Chase Field since being traded away by the Diamondbacks after the 2009 season, giving up four runs in 15 innings with two walks and 17 strikeouts.

Coming up

Saturday: At Chase Field, 5:10 p.m., Diamondbacks TBA vs. Nationals RHP Tanner Roark (7-6, 4.98).

Sunday: At Chase Field, 1:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (9-4, 2.97) vs. Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg (10-3, 3.31).

Monday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (11-4, 2.97) vs. Braves RHP R.A. Dickey (6-6, 4.14).

Up next: Washington Nationals

Nationals update: The Diamondbacks haven’t seen the Nationals since early May, when they dropped two of three games in D.C. The Nationals, at 57-37, own the second-best record in the National League behind the Dodgers. They came out of the gates strong in the second half, winning five of their first six games. They’ve won 10 of 13 overall. They have the best offensive in the league, averaging 5.59 runs per game. They’re powered by four of the league’s best hitters in RF Bryce Harper (.337, 24 homers), 1B Ryan Zimmerman (.323, 20 homers), 3B Anthony Rendon (.318, 20 homers) and 2B Daniel Murphy (.337, 16 homers). Their pitching staff isn’t bad, either, particularly the rotation, which ranks third in the league with a 3.56 ERA. The bullpen has been another story. It ranks dead last in the league with a 5.32 ERA, though the Nationals attempted to bolster it with a recent trade to acquire RHP Ryan Madson and LHP Sean Doolittle from the Oakland Athletics.

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