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Marte homers and Cecconi pitches 6 innings to lead Diamondbacks past Nationals 5-0 in series opener

2024-06-19 10:29 Last Updated At:10:31

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ketel Marte homered, Slade Cecconi pitched six sharp innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Washington Nationals 5-0 in the opener of a three-game series Tuesday night.

Corbin Carroll reached base four times and scored twice for Arizona, which has won six of eight to improve to 36-37. The defending NL champion Diamondbacks have not been this close to .500 since they were 12-13 on April 23.

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jake Irvin watches a throw to an Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ketel Marte homered, Slade Cecconi pitched six sharp innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Washington Nationals 5-0 in the opener of a three-game series Tuesday night.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jake Irvin throws to an Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jake Irvin throws to an Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Geraldo Perdomo, left, beats the tag of Washington Nationals second baseman Luis Garcia Jr. for a double during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Geraldo Perdomo, left, beats the tag of Washington Nationals second baseman Luis Garcia Jr. for a double during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Slade Cecconi (43) throws to Washington Nationals CJ Abrams during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Slade Cecconi (43) throws to Washington Nationals CJ Abrams during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Slade Cecconi follows through during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Slade Cecconi follows through during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Slade Cecconi throws to a Washington Nationals batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Slade Cecconi throws to a Washington Nationals batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte runs the bases after hitting a two-run homer run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte runs the bases after hitting a two-run homer run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte watches his two-run home run next to Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte watches his two-run home run next to Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

“It was a really clean game today for us,” manager Torey Lovullo said.

CJ Abrams extended his hitting streak to 11 games for Washington, which was limited to four hits and had its three-game winning streak snapped.

The Diamondbacks quickly went ahead against Jake Irvin (5-6) when Carroll led off the game with a walk and promptly stole second. Marte then drove a 2-2 curveball to right-center for his 15th home run.

Arizona tacked on two more in the fifth inning when Geraldo Perdomo doubled and scored on Carroll’s triple to left-center. Carroll came around on Marte’s sacrifice fly.

Carroll also walked in the third and singled in the ninth. Last season’s NL Rookie of the Year exited Sunday’s game against the Chicago White Sox in the seventh inning after making an awkward throw from the outfield.

“He’s a hungry player,” Lovullo said. “He did a great job. He said he was OK and he proved it. Sometimes you have to get out of the way of the athlete. When they tell you they can go out and do something, you have to trust them, and we certainly trust Corbin.”

Irvin was in trouble throughout his outing, allowing the leadoff batter to reach base in all five innings. But he limited the damage to four runs in part because the Diamondbacks hit into four inning-ending double plays.

“He was a little off,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said. “His command wasn’t quite there, but he battled and he gave us five innings. Today he fell behind a lot of hitters. He walked the first guy of the game. That’s not usually what he does.”

The early support was plenty for Cecconi (2-5), who earned his first victory since April 21 and completed six innings for the first time since April 27. He retired the first nine batters he faced and yielded three hits and no walks while striking out six.

Cecconi, who gave up a career-high seven runs in three innings in his last outing Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels, threw just 70 pitches against the aggressive Nationals. The right-hander recorded four first-pitch outs.

“It seems like that’s what every team wants to do against me, and I get it,” Cecconi said. “I don’t really walk a lot of guys. They know I throw strikes and they want to go out there and hit a mistake over the middle of the plate. Last week, I threw a lot of pitches over the middle of the plate that got hit. I don’t think I did this week.”

Jesse Winker, stranded after a two-out double in the fourth, was the only Nationals batter to reach scoring position.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Nationals: Winker (right knee) returned to the lineup after a one-game absence. … RHP Josiah Gray (forearm flexor strain) will pitch Wednesday for Double-A Harrisburg. Martinez said Gray will throw around 75-80 pitches. … RHP Cade Cavalli (Tommy John surgery) threw a bullpen. He is scheduled to make a rehab appearance Friday at Class A Wilmington.

UP NEXT

Arizona RHP Brandon Pfaadt (3-5, 4.38 ERA) faces Washington for the first time Wednesday, while the Nationals counter with former Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (1-7, 5.84).

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jake Irvin watches a throw to an Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jake Irvin watches a throw to an Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jake Irvin throws to an Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jake Irvin throws to an Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Geraldo Perdomo, left, beats the tag of Washington Nationals second baseman Luis Garcia Jr. for a double during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Geraldo Perdomo, left, beats the tag of Washington Nationals second baseman Luis Garcia Jr. for a double during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Slade Cecconi (43) throws to Washington Nationals CJ Abrams during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Slade Cecconi (43) throws to Washington Nationals CJ Abrams during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Slade Cecconi follows through during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Slade Cecconi follows through during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Slade Cecconi throws to a Washington Nationals batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Slade Cecconi throws to a Washington Nationals batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte runs the bases after hitting a two-run homer run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte runs the bases after hitting a two-run homer run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte watches his two-run home run next to Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte watches his two-run home run next to Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — An Iranian-made drone sent by Yemen’s Houthi rebels struck Tel Aviv on Friday, leaving one person dead and at least 10 wounded in the group’s first lethal strike into Israel.

The aerial strike rumbled through the center of the city near the U.S. Embassy, causing shrapnel to rain down and spreading shards of glass over a large radius.

The hit in Israel’s biggest city was startling because the drone appeared to have crossed much of the country through the multilayered air defenses that have intercepted almost all of the drones and rockets that Yemen’s Houthis have been launching toward Israel since the Gaza war began. Most have failed even to reach Israel’s southernmost city, Eilat, on the Red Sea some 270 kilometers (160 miles) south of Tel Aviv.

The Israeli military said it was investigating what went wrong. Chief spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said the drone was detected by air defenses, but an “error” occurred and “there was no interception.“

“We are investigating the entire chain,” he said. Another military official blamed “human error.” The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

The spokesman for the Houthis, Yahya Sare’e, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement published on the social media platform X. He said it was in retaliation for the Israel-Hamas war and had hit one of the group’s many targets.

Israel’s military identified the drone as an Iranian Samad-3 upgraded to travel long distances and said it was believed to have come from Yemen.

The drone hit at around 3:10 a.m., blowing out windows and damaging cars throughout a coastal neighborhood of Tel Aviv and reverberating as far as nearby cities. The military said it had not determined if it exploded in the air or directly struck buildings.

Footage verified by the AP shows the low-flying drone arriving at Tel Aviv's shoreline and then heading into the city, moments before an explosion lights up the night sky.

In one building, the Sajiv family swept up the shattered glass of their apartment’s balcony door. Limor Sajiv said they were woken by the sound of a blast. “We had no idea what it was. I mean, we heard missiles before we heard things, this was different, really, really loud,” he said.

People thronged to the area as police helicopters hovered overhead. For many, it reaffirmed feelings of disillusionment with the military's handling of the war since October.

Yossi Nevi, a retired evacuee from Kiryat Shmona, said he was shaken awake in the hotel he lives in. Hearing it was human error, Nevi said, made him lose “all trust in the army, not that I had much after the past nine months.”

Eldad Namdar, who owns a camera store next to the intersection where the drone is believed to have exploded, said he hopes the war ends soon, but he also wants it to be concluded in a way that secures his future.

“I don’t want this to happen again in six months, I want them to finish this situation until the end,” he said.

The U.S. State Department said there was no damage to the U.S. Embassy or any of its staff members.

The Houthi strike hit hours after Israel’s military confirmed one of its airstrikes had killed a Hezbollah commander and other militants in southern Lebanon. Israel has so far not made attacks on the Houthis, allowing its allies instead to take the lead as it focuses its efforts on the war in Gaza and ongoing fighting with Hezbollah.

The attack also comes days before Netanyahu is to travel to Washington and address Congress.

The Houthis have routinely claimed responsibility for hitting targets in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

Analysts and Western intelligence services have long accused Iran of arming the group, a claim that Tehran denies. In recent years, U.S. naval forces have intercepted a number of ships packed with rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and missile parts en route from Iran to Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen.

The Houthis maintain that their attacks target ships linked to Israel, the United States or the United Kingdom. However, many have little or no connection to the war.

Friday’s drone strike on Tel Aviv could resurface fears about the war in Gaza becoming a regionwide conflagration.

Such fears run counter to renewed hopes that Israel signaling its operation underway in Rafah is nearing its finish could foster an environment more conducive to negotiations as international mediators continue to push for a cease-fire. The deal under discussion would halt fighting and free about 120 Israeli hostages held by the militant group in Gaza.

Israel remains divided over striking a deal, with some wanting the government to take the necessary steps to free the hostages and others, including far-right national security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, disavowing the idea. On Thursday, Ben-Gvir visited Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site to pray for the return of Israeli hostages, he said, “without a reckless deal, without surrendering.”

Israel’s air defense system has intercepted thousands of projectiles throughout the war, including Hamas rocket fire from Gaza. But officials warn the systems are not 100% effective and appear to have struggled against small and hard-to-detect attack drones.

Like Hamas, Hezbollah and the Houthis are backed by Israel’s archenemy, Iran. Israel for the most part also has avoided direct confrontations with Iran throughout the war. Iran launched hundreds of drones and missiles at Israel during a single incident in April in response to Israel’s alleged assassination of a pair of Iranian generals in Syria at the time.

The war in Gaza, which was sparked by Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on southern Israel, has killed more than 38,600 people, according to the territory’s Health Ministry, which does not distinguish between combatants and civilians in its count. The war has created a humanitarian catastrophe in the coastal Palestinian territory, displaced most of its 2.3 million population and triggered widespread hunger.

Hamas’ October attack killed 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and militants took about 250 hostage. About 120 remain in captivity, with about a third of them believed to be dead, according to Israeli authorities.

Metz reported from Rabat, Morocco. Ibrahim Hazboun contributed from Jerusalem, Jack Jeffery from Ramallah, West Bank, and Michael Wakin from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Find more of AP’s coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/israel-hamas-war

An Israeli firefighter investigates the scene of a deadly explosion in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

An Israeli firefighter investigates the scene of a deadly explosion in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

A man films the scene of an explosive drone attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a drone believed to have exploded above Tel Aviv early Friday morning, leaving one dead and at least 10 injured. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

A man films the scene of an explosive drone attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a drone believed to have exploded above Tel Aviv early Friday morning, leaving one dead and at least 10 injured. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

A man films the scene of an explosive drone attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a drone believed to have exploded above Tel Aviv early Friday morning, leaving one dead and at least 10 injured. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

A man films the scene of an explosive drone attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a drone believed to have exploded above Tel Aviv early Friday morning, leaving one dead and at least 10 injured. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

People are seen through a broken coffee shop window next to the scene of an explosive drone attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a drone believed to have exploded above Tel Aviv early Friday morning, leaving one dead and at least 10 injured. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

People are seen through a broken coffee shop window next to the scene of an explosive drone attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a drone believed to have exploded above Tel Aviv early Friday morning, leaving one dead and at least 10 injured. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israeli police investigate the scene of an explosive drone attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a drone believed to have exploded above Tel Aviv early Friday morning, leaving one dead and at least 10 injured. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israeli police investigate the scene of an explosive drone attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a drone believed to have exploded above Tel Aviv early Friday morning, leaving one dead and at least 10 injured. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

People are seen through a broken window next to the scene of an explosive drone attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a drone believed to have exploded above Tel Aviv early Friday morning, leaving one dead and at least 10 injured. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

People are seen through a broken window next to the scene of an explosive drone attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a drone believed to have exploded above Tel Aviv early Friday morning, leaving one dead and at least 10 injured. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israeli police investigate the scene of an explosive drone attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a drone believed to have exploded above Tel Aviv early Friday morning, leaving one dead and at least 10 injured. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israeli police investigate the scene of an explosive drone attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a drone believed to have exploded above Tel Aviv early Friday morning, leaving one dead and at least 10 injured. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

A man watches from his window at the scene of an explosive drone attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a drone believed to have exploded above Tel Aviv early Friday morning. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

A man watches from his window at the scene of an explosive drone attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a drone believed to have exploded above Tel Aviv early Friday morning. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

People are seen through a broken coffee shop window next to the scene of an explosive drone attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a drone believed to have exploded above Tel Aviv early Friday morning. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

People are seen through a broken coffee shop window next to the scene of an explosive drone attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a drone believed to have exploded above Tel Aviv early Friday morning. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

A man films the scene after a deadly explosion, from his rooftop in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

A man films the scene after a deadly explosion, from his rooftop in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israelis gather at the scene of a deadly explosion in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israelis gather at the scene of a deadly explosion in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

A runner stops to speak with Israeli police investigating the scene of a deadly explosion in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

A runner stops to speak with Israeli police investigating the scene of a deadly explosion in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

People watch from their balcony as Israeli police investigate the scene of a deadly explosion in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

People watch from their balcony as Israeli police investigate the scene of a deadly explosion in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

A man eats breakfast in a cafe near the scene of a deadly explosion in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

A man eats breakfast in a cafe near the scene of a deadly explosion in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

A man films the scene of a deadly explosion, from his rooftop in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

A man films the scene of a deadly explosion, from his rooftop in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israeli police investigate the scene of a deadly explosion in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israeli police investigate the scene of a deadly explosion in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Caution tape surrounds debris at the scene of a deadly explosion in Tel Aviv, Israel, early Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Erik Marmor)

Caution tape surrounds debris at the scene of a deadly explosion in Tel Aviv, Israel, early Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Erik Marmor)

Israeli police and first responders gather at the scene of a deadly explosion in Tel Aviv, Israel, early Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Erik Marmor)

Israeli police and first responders gather at the scene of a deadly explosion in Tel Aviv, Israel, early Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Erik Marmor)

People gather at the scene of an deadly explosion in Tel Aviv, Israel, early Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Erik Marmor)

People gather at the scene of an deadly explosion in Tel Aviv, Israel, early Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Erik Marmor)

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