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Diamondbacks become 1st National League team since 1907 to win 9 straight series to begin season

Posted: 6:06 PM, Apr 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-29 03:20:59Z

The Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Washington Nationals on Saturday, and by doing so, accomplished something that hadn't been done since five years before Arizona became a state.

A 4-3 win at the Nationals in 10 innings Saturday gave the D-backs their ninth straight series victory to open the season. The last (and only other) time this feat was accomplished in the National League was by the Chicago Cubs in 1907. The Cubs opened that season with 11 straight series wins and went on to win the World Series that year.

The D-backs had to rally in order to earn the win Saturday. A.J. Pollock's RBI single in the eighth inning evened the score at 3-3, and Pollock earned a bases-loaded walk in the 10th to give the D-backs the lead. Closer Brad Boxberger worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the 10th to secure the victory.

David Peralta accounted for the D-backs' first two runs of the game with home runs in the fourth and sixth innings, marking the first multi-home run game of his career. Patrick Corbin gave up three runs in 6 2/3 innings to help the D-backs stay within striking distance.

The D-backs improved to 19-7, the best record in the National League and tied with the Boston Red Sox for the best record in all of Major League Baseball. They'll go for a series sweep when they face the Nationals on Sunday, and they'll return home to begin a four-game series with the Dodgers on Monday night.


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