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MLB: Washington 2, Arizona 1

  |   May 3, 2012 at 9:55 PM
WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) -- Ross Detwiler and three relievers combined on a three-hitter Thursday that brought the Washington Nationals a 2-1 decision over Arizona.

The Nationals have won two straight after losing five in a row. They broke their losing streak Wednesday by scoring twice in the ninth inning to defeat the Diamondbacks 5-4.

Detwiler (3-1) gave up all three Arizona hits and was relieved by Ryan Mattheus with a runner on second and one away in the seventh. Mattheus retired the only two men he faced to preserve the 2-1 lead, and Tyler Clippard and Henry Rodriguez worked a perfect inning each, with Rodriguez earning his sixth save in seven chances.

A groundout by Rick Ankiel brought Jayson Werth in from third to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead in the second and Arizona tied it in the sixth on an RBI double by Aaron Hill.

Washington produced the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth on doubles from Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper.

Ian Kennedy (3-1) suffered the setback, allowing both Washington runs on four hits in seven innings.

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