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Diamondbacks 3, Nationals 5

Robbie Ray’s season ended in as much of a damp squib as the Washington weather.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Washington Nationals Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona took the lead in the top of the third inning, after Jake Lamb singled home Jean Segura. But that was all the scoring the Diamondbacks would manage until the ninth inning, with the players seemingly already on the flight back to Arizona. Jean was also removed late in the game, after perhaps tweaking something in his side, during his last at-bat. There was a flurry of action in the ninth, Socrates Brito hitting a two-run homer to pull Arizona within a pair, and forcing Dusty Baker to use his closer. But no further damage ensued, and the four-game series ended in a decent enough split.

Robbie Ray fell short in his quest to surpass Dan Haren’s tally of strikeouts in a season. Ray came in needing eight to tie Haren, but managed only three in another abbreviated outing that lasted only 4.2 innings. The four walks issued proved a particular problem, with Robbie being charged with all five Nationals runs, on five hits, including a pair of home-runs. The D-backs bullpen was solid, tossing 3.1 scoreless innings of relief, courtesy of Zack Godley, Silvino Bracho and Daniel Hudson.