PHOENIX (AP) — Eduardo Escobar hit a three-run homer, a two-run homer and tied a career high with seven RBIs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Washington Nationals 11-4 on Saturday night.
Escobar broke the game open in the fourth when he launched a full-count, two-out pitch from Joe Ross deep into the right field seats that made it 6-2. He added a two-run shot off Austin Voth in the eighth and started the D-backs’ scoring with a two-run single in the first.
“That’s a great week for some people,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “Eduardo’s been working his butt off to make days like this happen.”
It was a much-needed win for the D-backs, who had lost nine of 11 coming into Saturday and got crushed 17-2 by the Nationals on Friday night. Arizona got a little payback and now is 18-22 this season while the Nationals dropped to 15-20.
The Diamondbacks have been dealing with an avalanche of injuries over the past few weeks, putting three more players on the injured list Saturday. Escobar’s one of the few established big leaguers in the team’s lineup and he certainly looked the part against the Nationals.
“I know it’s really hard right now. A lot of injuries, losing a lot of the best players on the team,” Escobar said. “But we’re still playing hard and there’s a lot of talented young people here.”
The homers were Escobar’s eighth and ninth of the season. Escobar had seven RBIs one other time in his career, also against the Nationals in 2019.
Arizona’s Seth Frankoff threw 4 2/3 innings in his first MLB start. The 32-year-old righty gave up two runs on three hits, walked four and struck out four. Washington loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, but Alex Young (1-3) relieved Frankoff and struck out Kyle Schwarber on three straight pitches.
Ross (2-3) struggled…