Diamondbacks fall to streaking Nationals, 9-2

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WASHINGTON -- Elijah Dukes drove in three runs and Ryan Zimmerman had three hits as the Washington Nationals won their eighth consecutive game with a 9-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday.

The Nationals' eight-game run is the second longest in their five seasons in the nation's capital. They won 10 in a row from in June 2005.

J.D. Martin became the fifth Nationals pitcher to record his first win as a starter, and the second in two games. He allowed one run and five hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out one.

Martin's only mistake came three pitches in, when Arizona's Trent Oeltjen led off the game with a homer. It was Oeltjen's second home run in four major league games.

The Nationals completed a three-game sweep of Arizona with the win.

The Diamondbacks are back home tonight to open a three-game series with the New York Mets.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. (Arizona time) at Chase Field, with left-hander Doug Davis starting against Mets

right-hander Mike Pelfrey.

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