Diamondbacks Defeat Nationals 5-1 Behind Strong Start From Cahill

Trevor Cahill turned in his best performance as a Diamondback Tuesday evening and led the Diamondbacks to a 5-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. Cahill pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing only one run on six hits.

Cahill shutout the Nationals through seven innings before getting into trouble in the eighth inning. After retiring Wilson Ramos to start the inning, Cahill allowed three consecutive hits to National hitters, the last an RBI single from Ian Desmond.

Bryan Shaw relieved Cahill after the Desmond single and shut the door on the Nationals, striking out Rick Ankiel to end the inning. David Hernandez pitched a scoreless ninth to finish the game for the Diamondbacks.

Cahill was efficient all night, as he only threw 94 total pitches in seven plus innings of work. Cahill only walked one, struck out five batters and threw first pitch strikes to 23 of 28 batters he faced.

The Diamondbacks collected 13 hits on Tuesday evening, including three from Paul Goldschmidt. Goldy went 3-4 and scored one of the Diamondbacks' five runs. Justin Upton, Jason Kubel and Miguel Montero each collected two hits on evening, with Kubel raising his season batting average to .338.

John McDonald continued his strong play tonight, going 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Upton, Montero and Aaron Hill all contributed with RBI's tonight.

Game two of the series is scheduled for tomorrow with a first pitch at 4:05 p.m. Joe Saunders is scheduled to pitch for Arizona against former Diamondback Edwin Jackson.

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