- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - With two of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ best options at closer dealt at the trading deadline, rookie Jake Barrett has been handed the job. He’s having a rough time adjusting to it.

Manager Chip Hale said he’ll look forward to getting Barrett back on the mound as soon as Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers, but more outings like Wednesday’s could change Barrett’s role again.

Barrett was charged with four runs in two-thirds of an inning as the Washington turned a one-run game into another convincing victory, 8-3 over the Diamondbacks, to complete a three-game sweep.

“We put him in to keep that one-run deficit,” Hale said of Barrett. “Felt good about coming back in the ninth. Just couldn’t get that third out. Got the first two and then that third one … The walks hurt him. Tough luck, but we’ve got to turn it around.”

Barrett didn’t have much to say after walking in a run and with one of the three free passes he issued, plus two hits.

“I was just going out there trying to make my pitches. It just wasn’t happening,” he said.

Arizona lost its fourth straight and sixth in seven games. The Diamondbacks are winless in nine Wednesday games at home this season.

The Diamondbacks battled against All-Star Max Scherzer, who struck out 11 in eight innings. Scherzer also delivered a two-run single to help his cause.

Scherzer (12-6) allowed three runs on four hits, giving up two homers, and walked one. He is 3-0 in four starts against his former team, which drafted the four-time All-Star and former Cy Young Award winner No. 11 overall in 2006.

Daniel Murphy’s sixth-inning solo home run broke a 1-1 tie before Scherzer bounced a single up the middle with the bases loaded and two outs, driving in Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa.

“Any time you can do something at the plate to help your team, it really puts a smile on everybody’s face,” Scherzer said.

“I didn’t make a pitch. I threw a cutter that just ran in like a fastball and he put a good swing on it and got it back up the middle and got a hit. Tip your hat to him. He put a good at-bat together,” Diamondbacks starter Zack Godley said of Scherzer.

Godley (3-2) allowed four runs and eight hits with seven strikeouts and a walk in six innings.

Scherzer held the Diamondbacks hitless for four innings, but David Peralta led off the bottom of the fifth with a double to left field. Peralta advanced to third on a wild pitch, and with one out, scored when Bryce Harper dropped a sliding catch of Brandon Drury’s shallow fly ball to right.

That tied the game at 1, after Trea Turner’s second career home run and first of 2016 came with one out in the top of the third.

The Nationals went ahead 4-1 in the sixth before Jake Lamb’s solo shot in the bottom of the inning. It was Lamb’s second homer in as many days.

Yasmany Tomas cut the Nationals’ lead to one with a home run in the seventh, the first time in his career he’s gone deep in consecutive games.

The Nationals scored the four runs in the ninth off Barrett, on Espinosa’s RBI ground-rule double, a walk and Clint Robinson’s two-run pinch-hit single.

“The guys that are throwing the pitches are good enough, they just need to execute better,” Hale said. “Locate better, pitch selection better, which the catchers and the pitchers are both responsible. I hate to make a blanket statement. I think the guys throwing the pitches when we’re struggling are good enough to get people out, we just need to keep working with them to make them better.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Nationals: Harper returned to the lineup after missing Tuesday’s game because of illness. … IF Ryan Zimmerman remained out with a wrist injury; he hasn’t played since July 31 at San Francisco.

UP NEXT

Nationals: The club had yet to name a starting pitcher for Friday at home against San Francisco after Thursday’s day off.

Diamondbacks: RHP Braden Shipley (1-1) is set for his third major league start Friday against Milwaukee, after making his major league debut July 25 against the Brewers on the road. He’s coming off six scoreless innings at Los Angeles on July 30.

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