- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The numbers speak volumes.

Outscored 38-8 over the last three games.

Losses in 16 of the past 21.

A bullpen that for the second straight night just couldn’t limit the damage at home and keep the Diamondbacks in the game.

Arizona’s bullpen gave up four more runs Tuesday against the Washington Nationals in a 10-4 loss - after allowing six on Monday night.

The big blow this time came from Wilson Ramos, who lifted his average to .331 with two hits, including a three-run homer that broke a tie in the fifth inning.

Ramos connected for his 16th home run with two outs off Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray (5-11). Chris Heisey followed with a solo shot, marking the 13th time the Nationals have hit back-to-back home runs this year.

“It was a good pitch to Ramos. It was down. I don’t even think it was a strike. He kind of reached out and flipped it,” Ray said. “I made the pitch I wanted to make. If it was an inch lower he probably swings over the top of it.”

But even down 6-3 after six innings, the Diamondbacks weren’t out of the game. Then the Nationals struck for more against relievers Randall Delgado and Daniel Hudson.

“They are battling their hearts out and the relievers are just having a hard time putting zeros on the board,” Arizona manager Chip Hale said. “That is important when you are down.

“It is disheartening when they keep going out there and giving up even one. … We’ve got to do better. We have to limit the runs.”

Ramos matched his career high for homers set in 2013. Jayson Werth added a solo shot in the seventh off Delgado, one of his three hits.

Tanner Roark (11-6) struck out six and allowed three runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Yasmany Tomas homered for the Diamondbacks, his 18th. Jake Lamb hit his 22nd, a solo shot in the sixth.

Ray struck out nine over six innings but allowed five earned runs and eight hits. He walked two.

“The strikeouts are great but they do produce a lot of pitches,” Hale said. “When (Ray) gets a couple of guys on he cannot make that mistake. Three-run home runs are tough to come back against.”

The Nationals scored first after Trea Turner led off the game with a single and reached third on an error. Daniel Murphy’s groundout drove in Turner for a 1-0 lead.

Arizona responded by loading the bases with none out in the bottom of the first but managed only one run. Jean Segura scored on Lamb’s double-play grounder. Segura has scored a first-inning run in six of his last seven games.

Tomas’ homer landed in the left-field seats to give the Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead in the second. The Nationals drew even at 2 with Wilmer Difo’s two-out single in the fourth to drive in Anthony Rendon.

Ramos gave Washington a 5-2 lead, Heisey made it 6-2 and, after Lamb’s long drive bounced into the pool in right field, Werth cleared the wall on a line for a 7-3 Nationals lead.

Washington scored three more in the eighth, when Werth, Murphy and Rendon each drove in a run with a single.

“Ramos has been a godsend,” Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. “I can’t imagine not having him, because he’s figured it out.”


The temperature inside Chase Field, with the roof closed in the summer as usual, was 79 degrees at first pitch. Outside, it was 74 degrees. A huge storm with lightning swept through greater Phoenix just before the game and lowered the air temperature some 30 degrees below the normal average in August, though humidity was high.


Nationals: OF Bryce Harper was a late scratch from the starting lineup due to illness. Baker said he hopes Harper can play Wednesday after receiving IVs on Tuesday. … 1B Ryan Zimmerman remained out with a wrist injury. … Ramos took a ninth-inning foul ball off the chain around his neck, but remained in the game. “It broke the chain, that’s why I was on the ground for so long,” Ramos said. “I was trying to pull it off me. It cut me a little bit. It was stinging.”

Diamondbacks: RHP Rubby De La Rosa threw to rehabbing teammates Chris Herrmann and A.J. Pollock. De La Rosa is coming back from right elbow inflammation.


Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (11-6) is scheduled to face his former team on Wednesday afternoon. Scherzer is 2-0 in three career appearances against Arizona.

Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Godley (3-1) makes his sixth start of the season. Godley allowed three earned runs in a no-decision at Los Angeles last Friday.

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