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Nationals outlast Diamondbacks, win 2-1 in extras in series opener in Arizona...

Matt Adams came up with a big RBI single (off a left-handed reliever) in the top of the eleventh inning and the Nationals took the series opener from the Diamondbacks, 2-1.

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Tanner Roark and Zack Greinke had themselves an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel in the series opener between the Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks in Chase Field.

Each starter gave up one earned run, with Greinke driving in the D-backs’ only one off of the Nationals’ starter, but Archie Bradley, who replaced Arizona’s ace in the eighth, balked in the only run the Nationals scored through eight, 1-1.

It was still tied at 1-1 in the top of the eleventh inning when the Nationals got a leadoff single by Trea Turner, a walk by Anthony Rendon [ed. note - “Did you know Rendon walked more than he K’d in college?], and an RBI single to left field by Matt Adams that put them up, 2-1.

That’s how it ended.

Roark in Chase: Tanner Roark missed the D-backs during Arizona’s visit to Washington, D.C. late last month, but he lined up against them in tonight’s series opener in Phoenix’s Chase Field, where the 31-year-old right-hander was 2-0 with a 2.21 ERA in three starts in his career before tonight.

Roark was coming off a 6 13 inning start last time out, when he gave up six hits, three walks, and three earned runs in a 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, striking out nine in a 115-pitch outing, which was a season-high for the right-hander.

Tonight in Arizona, Roark started off with four scoreless on 50 pitches, working around two hits, but the third runner to reach base, Ketel Marte, singled to start the fifth and scored on an RBI single by Zack Greinke, who lined 2-2 slider to left for a two-out RBI hit that made it 1-0 D-backs after five.

Roark’s scoreless, 14-pitch sixth left him at 90 pitches, and he came back out in the seventh and worked around a hit-by-pitch in a 17-pitch frame.

Tanner Roark’s Line: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 Ks, 107 P, 67 S, 8/4 GO/FO.

Greinke vs D.C.: After holding the Houston Astros to one run on five hits in 5 23 IP last time out before tonight, D-backs’ right-hander Zack Greinke had a 4.10 ERA, a 3.67 FIP, six walks (1.30 BB/9), 47 Ks (10.15 K/9), and a .247/.282/.444 line against in 41 23 innings pitched this season.

Greinke took the mound tonight against the Nationals with a streak of 16-straight scoreless innings vs Washington going, which stretched back two starts to May of 2014.

He was up to 20-straight scoreless innings against the Nats and eight-straight batters set down after he retired the Nationals in order in a 15-pitch fourth that left him at 56 pitches overall after four.

An eight-pitch, 1-2-3 fifth gave him eleven-straight batters retired, and a two-out RBI single by Greinke in the bottom of the fifth made it 1-0 D-backs.

He stole the sixth base in his career after the hit (6 for 6), but was stranded at second.

A 13-pitch, 1-2-3 sixth left Greinke at 77 pitches, with 14-straight set down, and he was up to 16 in a row retired when Howie Kendrick lined a two-out hit into the right-center gap, where Steven Souza, Jr. made a diving play but couldn’t hold onto the ball.

Double for Kendrick, who was the first Nationals to reach second base in the game, but he was stranded one out later.

Michael A. Taylor singled to start the eighth, ending Greinke’s night after 91 pitches.

Wilmer Difo bunted Taylor over with Archie Bradley on the mound, and a balk let the tying run come in, 1-1.

Zack Greinke’s Line: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 Ks, 91 P, 66 S, 6/5 GO/FO.

Harper, Harper, Harper: After sitting out of his first game this season last night in the series finale in San Diego, Bryce Harper returned to the Nationals’ lineup tonight trying to snap an 0 for 19 streak at the plate which stretched back to his back-to-back homers off Philly righty Nick Pivetta on May 4th. In spite of his recent struggles at the plate, Harper started the first of four with the D-backs leading the NL in home runs (12) and walks (40).

With a line drive to right that fell in for a single, Harper snapped his 0-for streak in the first at bat of tonight’s game. A pop to third in the third, and a line drive out to left in the top of the sixth left Harper 1 for 3 vs Greinke.

Wieters Leaves Game: Matt Wieters found a hole in the shift, singling with one out in the top of the second, but after he took an awkward step as he rounded first base, he limped back to the bag and called the trainer out.

After a brief visit with Paul Lessard and skipper Davey Martinez, the veteran catcher left the game, replaced at first base by backup Pedro Severino.

This will, of course, mean a move is coming if it’s a serious issues, and it could be a problem for the Nationals, who don’t have any other catchers on the 40-Man roster right now.

BULLPEN ACTION: With a runner on second and no one out in the eighth after a leadoff double by Michael A. Taylor, Greinke was replaced on the mound by Archie Bradley.

Pinch hitter Wilmer Difo replaced Tanner Roark, and bunted Taylor over to third, and a balk by Bradley on a pick attempt brought in the tying run, 1-1.

Sammy Solis started the eighth for the Nationals, giving up a one-out single but recording two outs before he was lifted in favor of Ryan Madson, who struck Paul Goldschmidt out.

Brad Boxberger worked around a two-out double by Pedro Severino in a scoreless top of the ninth.

Madson came back out for the bottom of the ninth inning and gave up a two-out walk, but after a hit-by-pitch call on Nick Ahmed was challenged and reversed, the D-backs’ infielder K’d on a 97 mph 1-2 fastball to send it to extras.

Yoshihisa Hirano retired the Nationals in order in the top of the tenth.

Brandon Kintzler got the bottom of the inning for the Nats, and gave up a one-out single by Jarrod Dyson, who lined a 1-2 sinker to right, but got thrown out trying to steal second, but a walk to David Peralta and a double to right by Daniel Descalso gave the D-backs a runner on third with two out, before Paul Goldschmidt grounded out to end the threat.

Fernando Salas surrendered a leadoff single on a 1-1 change to Trea Turner in the top of the eleventh, and a walk to Anthony Rendon, so the D-backs went to the pen for Andrew Chafin vs Matt Adams with two on and no one out, and Adams singled through short on a 94 mph 1-1 fastball to drive Turner in, 2-1.

Sean Doolittle came on in the bottom of the eleventh, and worked around a one-out single for the save. Ballgame.

Final Score: 2-1 Nationals

Nationals now 21-18