Another game, another young Diamondback on center stage.
Wade Miley gave up five hits and walked four, but he made pitches when it mattered while holding the Nationals' hitless in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position. The Nationals had a runner on second base in five of his six innings but could not break through against Miley, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Reno 10 days after Jason Marquis suffered a season-ending fractured right fibula on August 14.
"It worked out," said Miley, a sandwich pick in the 2008 draft. "It's always good to get that one out of the way. Hopefully, many more."
"He was in a lot of trouble, but he settled in nicely and began to pitch," manager Kirk Gibson said.
Miley was the third newcomer to step in big as the D-backs recovered from a six-game losing streak to take three of four from Washington.
Sean Burroughs' first home run in 2,305 days, a two-run shot in the seventh inning, provided Ian Kennedy all the support he needed in a 2-0 victory Tuesday. On a day of a major trade and an earthquake that measured 5.8 on the Richter scale, Burroughs' blow might have been the most unexpected.
Newcomer John McDonald made a lunging pickup and a throw after a 360-degree spin to save at least one run and blunt a Nationals' rally in the D-backs' 4-1 victory Wednesday. McDonald was in his eighth inning in a D-backs' uniform after being acquired with Aaron Hill for Kelly Johnson the day before.
--LHP Wade Miley threw 98 pitches, many from the stretch, over six shutout innings to record his first major league victory in his second start Thursday. Two of the first three batters reached in each of the first three innings, but Miley got out of those innings by holding the Nationals hitless in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position. He retired seven in a row after giving up two singles with one out in the third, and had a 1-2-3 fourth.
--1B Paul Goldschmidt had his first career three-RBI game with a two-run homer to cap a three-run eighth and a run-scoring single in the middle of a three-run ninth. Goldschmidt, who led the minor leagues with 30 homers when his contract was purchased from Double-A Mobile on August 1, has five homers and 13 RBI in his first 25 games.
--CF Chris Young's two-run homer to break a scoreless tie in the sixth inning was his first homer since his walk-off three-run shot beat Houston in 10 innings August 11, and his second since July 2. "C.Y. hasn't been very productive in the second half, but we're trying to get him to be more aggressive," manager Kirk Gibson said.
--2B Aaron Hill and SS John McDonald, acquired Tuesday, had their first D-backs' hits while starting for the second consecutive game. McDonald singled in the second and ninth innings, and Hill singled in the D-backs' final run in a three-run eighth. Hill also was hit by a pitch. Hill and McDonald joined 1B Lyle Overbay and 3B Ryan Roberts in the starting lineup Wednesday, reuniting a quartet that started for Toronto on May 27, 2007, according to the Society of American Baseball Research. "If that can help us win a game, I'll be all excited about it," manager Kirk Gibson said.
--For the third straight day Thursday, the D-backs did not take batting practice before the game, the fallout from consecutive victories Tuesday and Wednesday. To shake things up during a six-game losing streak, manager Kirk Gibson instructed the team not to take batting practice Tuesday. When the D-backs won that one, batting practice was cancelled Wednesday. "We'll be on the field. Three days is long enough," said Gibson, whose team will hit Friday.
--RHP Daniel Hudson, one out away from his first career shutout before giving up two solo homers Wednesday, was the first pitcher whose shutout was ended by consecutive home runs since Los Angeles Angels RHP Ramon Ortiz suffered that fate on May 2, 2002, when Toronto's Jose Cruz and Carlos Delgado homered with two outs in the last of the ninth, according to Elias.
DIAMOND STAT: 5,273 -- Air miles the D-backs traveled on their 10-game road trip to Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. on their final East Coast trip of the season.
QUOTABLE: "It's amazing what an earthquake will do. It shook us up." -- D-backs bench coach Alan Trammell, after the D-backs won three straight games following an earthquake in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.
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