Adams, Nationals rout Diamondbacks
Suzuki homers, leaves after getting hit in neck by ball
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years ago, Matt Adams’ dad initiated a holiday tradition with his slugging son: No matter where Adams was playing, he would be in the stadium on Father’s Day.
Jamie Adams got a big payoff for his roughly three-hour drive from Pennsylvania this year.
Matt Adams homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs, Anibal Sanchez got his 100th career victory, and the Washington Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 15-5 on Sunday to split their four-game series.
Adams, Anthony Rendon and Kurt Suzuki homered off Arizona reliever Zack Godley, and Adams added a grand slam against Stefan Crichton in the eighth. Adams tied a career best with two long drives and has nine career multihomer games.
“It’s something special to be able to have a game like this, career-high RBIs and to be able to have him in the stands,” Adams said.
Suzuki, a graduate of Baldwin High School, exited in the seventh with a neck injury when Tanner Rainey’s pitch bounced in the dirt and hit the catcher.
“The doctor said he is fine,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said after the game. “He is in there now, and he said he is fine. But it was kind of scary when he got lightheaded and couldn’t walk back to the dugout.”
Suzuki gave the Nationals a 3-1 lead with his two-run single in the first inning before hitting his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot in the fifth.
Adam Eaton had three hits and two walks for Washington, which piled up 15 hits while matching its season scoring high.
Arizona went 7-3 on its three-city road trip but allowed its most runs since an 18-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 30.
“It was just a dud of a game,” manager Torey Lovullo said.
Sanchez (3-6) pitched six innings, allowing two runs and six hits while striking out three. He is 3-0 with a 1.54 ERA over four starts since returning from the injured list May 29. The 35-year-old is the second Nationals pitcher to reach 100 wins this month — Stephen Strasburg did it on June 4.
“Why not? Make your 100 on that kind of special day,” said Sanchez, whose two children were in attendance. “But 100, that’s special any day.”
Arizona’s Archie Bradley (2-4), making his first start since Oct. 1, 2016, allowed four runs in 1 1/3 innings.
“There’s been a lot of times this year giving up runs when I had no clue where the ball was going — I didn’t feel confident, I didn’t feel good.” Bradley said. “(Today) I stood on the mound and I threw the ball where I wanted to. I saw the pitches I wanted to throw. They kind of hit them today. It wasn’t necessarily like I got crushed. They just hit them where we weren’t, and I kind of put us in a hole early.”