- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Addison Reed left a pitch out over the middle to Danny Espinosa, then did the same to Kevin Frandsen three batters later.

Two pitches, two homers, one disappointing loss for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Espinosa hit Reed’s second pitch of the ninth inning over the wall in right and Frandsen hit a pinch-hit solo shot, helping the Washington Nationals rally to beat the Diamondbacks 6-5 on Monday night in Matt Williams‘ return to the desert.

“I just have to keep the ball down and throw the ball where I am trying to throw it,” Reed said. “Location is everything in pitching and right now I am leaving it over the middle of the plate.”

Williams was a fixture in Arizona before becoming Washington’s manager this offseason.

His new team scored four runs early, shut down for four innings, and tied it when Espinosa hit the second pitch of the ninth by Reed (1-3) just over the wall in right.

Frandsen put the Nationals up by lining his second career pinch-hit homer to left and Rafael Soriano stranded a runner at second in the ninth for his eighth save.

Tyler Clippard (3-2) pitched a scoreless inning, Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer and Tyler Moore added a solo shot for Washington, which followed a three-game sweep by Oakland with its 11th comeback victory.

“We needed that win,” Espinosa said. “Coming off the series we just had, we really needed this. It’s a good win.”

The Diamondbacks thought they had it.

Arizona had 13 hits - three by Aaron Hill - and went up 5-4 when A.J. Pollock hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning.

The bullpen did its job for three innings until it got to the ninth, where Reed struggled for his second blown save and Arizona’s first loss when leading after eight innings (11-1).

“There is not controversy here. He is our closer,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. “He has done a (heck of a) job for us. Let’s not forget that. It didn’t work out tonight.”

Williams played for Arizona from 1996-2003 and was on the coaching staff from 2010-13 before getting his first shot at managing. He received a nice ovation when he was recognized and a video tribute played on the video board after the first inning.

Williams‘ current team limped into the desert for a three-game series against his old one.

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