PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks opened the game with three straight home runs off Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer and ended it with Brandon Drury’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 6-5 victory Friday night.
The home runs by David Peralta, A.J. Pollock and Jake Lamb started the Diamondbacks on the way to a 5-0 lead.
The feat was the first in the majors since Baltimore did it against Texas in the bottom of the first on May 10, 2012.
It was the first time in Nationals history (2005 to present) that an opposing team has hit back-to-back-to-back home runs.
The Diamondbacks last hit three straight homers on Aug. 11, 2010, when they had four in a row at Milwaukee.
It was the most runs allowed by Scherzer in a first inning since July 2, 2011, against San Francisco, when he gave up five.
Scherzer’s five runs allowed tied for the most he’s given up in a start this season, and the five innings tied for his shortest outing of the season.
Arizona sent nine batters to the plate in the four-run first and the Diamondbacks made it 5-0 in the second on Lamb’s RBI double.
Scherzer had allowed just one home run in 34 2/3 innings over five starts before he surrendered the three home runs on his first 10 pitches. The All-Star right-hander and two-time Cy Young Award winner was tagged for three homers in a game for the first time since May 6, 2016, against the Chicago Cubs, when he allowed four.
Peralta, Pollock and Lamb also had a double each, another historical first for the Diamondbacks.
The Nationals rallied with Daniel Murphy’s run-scoring double in the fourth, then added two more runs in the fifth off Diamondbacks starter Zack Godley. A leadoff double for Matt Wieters led to Brian Goodwin’s RBI groundout, and Ryan Raburn singled in Wilmer Difo with two outs.
Godley struck out a career high 10 in 5 2/3 innings, and allowed four runs and five hits.
Difo drove in two runs, one to cut the lead to 5-4 in the sixth and the other that tied the game on a groundout to first in the eighth.
The Diamondbacks loaded the bases in the ninth on Pollock’s triple and intentional walks to Lamb and Paul Goldschmidt by Enny Romero (2-4) in the ninth. After Gregor Blanco flied out to shallow left, Drury bounced a single into right field for Arizona’s third win in four games.
Fernando Rodney (4-3) pitched an inning for the win.
KETEL’S KEY PLAY
The Diamondbacks sent the game to the bottom of the ninth still tied at 5 when shortstop Ketel Marte made the play of the night on a sharply hit grounder from Nationals star Bryce Harper. Marte went to his right into the hole and snagged the bouncer, then got off a strong throw to first base to retire Harper and end the top of the ninth.
Harper had earlier extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games.
Right-hander Taijuan Walker will remain on the paternity list through the weekend after he and his wife welcomed a baby boy, so the Diamondbacks will slot him back into the rotation against the Atlanta Braves next week, possibly Tuesday, manager Torey Lovullo said.
Arizona is considering bringing up left-hander Anthony Banda from Triple-A Reno in time to start Saturday’s game against Washington. Banda is 7-5 with a 5.08 ERA at Reno.
Diamondbacks: OF J.D. Martinez (bruised hand) was available off the bench Friday and should soon return to everyday action. . OF Rey Fuentes (left thumb bruise) will be shut down to allow the injury to calm down before resuming baseball activity. . OF Yasmany Tomas (groin) is hitting and throwing but feeling some minor pain. . RHP Rubby De La Rosa (right shoulder) was set to throw in a rehab game Friday night for Reno.
Nationals: OF Michael A. Taylor (oblique) is still not ready to start baseball activities, manager Dusty Baker said. He’s been on the disabled list for two weeks.
Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (7-6, 4.98 ERA) got the win in his most recent start, July 16 at Cincinnati. He allowed three runs and four hits in six innings.
Diamondbacks: Banda is expected to be called up from the minors in time to start against the Nationals. He would be making his major league debut.