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Keibert Ruiz leads Nats past D-backs

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Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Alek Thomas (5), right, makes it safe to third base as Washington Nationals third baseman Ehire Adrianza (5), left, catched the ball against the Washington Nationals at Chase Field on Sunday, July 24, 20222, in Phoenix.Uscp 7m0c0fzkfyx1lw83r1rk2 Original
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Keibert Ruiz went 3-for-3 and drove in the winning run with a single in the eighth inning as the Washington Nationals rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon in Phoenix.

With the game tied 3-3 in the top of the eighth, Lane Thomas led off with a double to left-center off All-Star reliever Joe Mantiply (1-3). Luis Garcia then sacrificed Thomas to third and Ruiz followed with a single to right to give Washington its only lead of the game.

Ruiz also had a walk and scored a run, and Yadiel Hernandez had two hits and a run for Washington, which won for just the third time in its last 20 games and also avoided its first-ever series sweep at Chase Field.

Carl Edwards Jr. (3-3) picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, while Kyle Finnegan recorded the final five outs without allowing a hit, including a bases-loaded double play grounder in the eighth, to notch his second save.

Josh Rojas went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI, David Peralta had two hits and a walk and Daulton Varsho went 1-for-3 with two walks and an RBI for Arizona, which had a three-game winning streak snapped.

The D-backs parlayed three singles and a walk into a 2-0 lead in the first inning against Washington starter Erick Fedde thanks to a sacrifice fly from Ketel Marte and an RBI single by Varsho.

Washington cut it to 2-1 in the fourth against Arizona starter Corbin Martin when Ruiz doubled into the gap in right-center and scored on a single by Ehire Adrianza.

The Diamondbacks extended their lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth when Varsho led off with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Ruiz before scoring on a single by Rojas.

The Nationals halved the edge in the sixth when Hernandez led off with a single and scored on an infield single by Ruiz with a throwing error by Rojas. Washington tied it an inning later when Cesar Hernandez walked and scored on a double into the right-field corner by Josh Bell.

–Field Level Media