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Jesse Winker's go-ahead home run rallies Nationals past Diamondbacks 3-1

2024-06-20 07:45 Last Updated At:07:51

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jesse Winker hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning and the Washington Nationals defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 on Wednesday.

Ildemaro Vargas added an RBI single for Washington, which has won nine of 11 overall and seven of its last eight at home. It was the Nationals’ 21st comeback victory, the most in the majors.

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Washington Nationals Eddie Rosario, left, wipes the perspiration off his head in the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jesse Winker hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning and the Washington Nationals defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 on Wednesday.

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez bows his head during a moment of silence in observance of the death of Baseball Hall of Fame Willie Mays before a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez bows his head during a moment of silence in observance of the death of Baseball Hall of Fame Willie Mays before a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin wipes away the sweat after walking in a run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin wipes away the sweat after walking in a run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin follows through during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin follows through during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks's Ketel Marte walks back to the dugout after striking out during the third inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks's Ketel Marte walks back to the dugout after striking out during the third inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Christian Walker, left, walks home on a bases loaded walk by Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Christian Walker, left, walks home on a bases loaded walk by Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Eugenio Suarez hits during batting practice before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Eugenio Suarez hits during batting practice before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin throws during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin throws during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz, left, shakes hands with closing pitcher Kyle Finnegan after the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz, left, shakes hands with closing pitcher Kyle Finnegan after the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals' Jesse Winker (6) watches his go-ahead two-run home run to center field with Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Gabriel Moreno during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals' Jesse Winker (6) watches his go-ahead two-run home run to center field with Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Gabriel Moreno during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas, left, crowns Nationals' Jesse Winker with the home run top hat after Winker hit a go-ahead two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas, left, crowns Nationals' Jesse Winker with the home run top hat after Winker hit a go-ahead two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona (36-38) was denied getting back to .500 for the first time since April 16, when it was 9-9. The Diamondbacks were hitless in five at-bats with runners in scoring position.

“This was a day about our offense for me,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “Our offense had a lot of opportunities and we just couldn’t cash in that run or get that big hit at the right time.”

Arizona starter Brandon Pfaadt cruised through five scoreless innings in just 50 pitches, allowing just one runner to reach scoring position.

But with two outs in the sixth and Washington trailing 1-0, Lane Thomas worked a walk. Winker then ripped a four-seam fastball to center for his seventh home run this season. The left fielder is hitting .452 (19 for 42) over his last 14 games.

“He’s staying down on the baseball better,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said. “He’s being more selective and swinging at pitches in the zone. He’s always been a good hitter. He had a stretch of injuries, but I love the way he swings the bat.”

Pfaadt (3-6) departed with two runners on and one out in the seventh. Vargas pinch hit and greeted reliever Kevin Ginkel by poking a single to right to score Keibert Ruiz.

Pfaadt allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings. He gave up five hits and four walks and had no strikeouts.

Derek Law (4-2) pitched two scoreless innings. Hunter Harvey worked the eighth and Kyle Finnegan tossed a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 23 opportunities. The Diamondbacks managed just one hit --- Corbin Carroll’s one-out double in the eighth — in four innings against Washington’s bullpen.

“Our pitching has carried us,” Winker said. “These guys have been unbelievable. Playing behind them, it’s electric.”

Arizona loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth and pushed a run across on Gabriel Moreno’s one-out walk. Washington starter Patrick Corbin ended the threat with a strikeout and a foulout.

Corbin, a former Diamondback, struck out a season-high seven in five innings while giving up a run and three hits with three walks.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: Lovullo said imaging on LHP Eduardo Rodriguez’s shoulder showed “significant healing, almost 100 percent healing.” Rodriguez, who signed a four-year, $80 million contract with Arizona in the offseason, has yet to make his Diamondbacks debut. Lovullo said Rodriguez is likely to throw off a mound within the next week.

Nationals: SS CJ Abrams was scratched from the lineup with a left hand injury. Martinez said Abrams underwent an MRI exam after the game. Rookie Nasim Nuñez started in his place.

UP NEXT

Arizona RHP Ryne Nelson (4-5, 5.49 ERA) looks to win back-to-back starts for the first time this season Thursday. Washington counters with LHP MacKenzie Gore (6-5, 3.24) as the three-game series concludes.

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Washington Nationals Eddie Rosario, left, wipes the perspiration off his head in the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals Eddie Rosario, left, wipes the perspiration off his head in the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez bows his head during a moment of silence in observance of the death of Baseball Hall of Fame Willie Mays before a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez bows his head during a moment of silence in observance of the death of Baseball Hall of Fame Willie Mays before a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin wipes away the sweat after walking in a run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin wipes away the sweat after walking in a run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin follows through during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin follows through during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks's Ketel Marte walks back to the dugout after striking out during the third inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks's Ketel Marte walks back to the dugout after striking out during the third inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Christian Walker, left, walks home on a bases loaded walk by Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Christian Walker, left, walks home on a bases loaded walk by Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Eugenio Suarez hits during batting practice before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Arizona Diamondbacks' Eugenio Suarez hits during batting practice before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin throws during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin throws during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz, left, shakes hands with closing pitcher Kyle Finnegan after the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz, left, shakes hands with closing pitcher Kyle Finnegan after the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals' Jesse Winker (6) watches his go-ahead two-run home run to center field with Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Gabriel Moreno during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals' Jesse Winker (6) watches his go-ahead two-run home run to center field with Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Gabriel Moreno during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas, left, crowns Nationals' Jesse Winker with the home run top hat after Winker hit a go-ahead two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Washington Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas, left, crowns Nationals' Jesse Winker with the home run top hat after Winker hit a go-ahead two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels on Friday claimed responsibility for an early morning drone strike that hit a part of central Tel Aviv near the United States Embassy, leaving at least 10 injured and one dead.

The aerial strike rumbled through the streets causing shards of shrapnel to rain down and spreading shards of glass over a large radius. The Houthis have repeatedly launched drones and missiles toward Israel throughout the nine-month-long war, in solidarity with the Palestinian people and against Israel. But until Friday, all were intercepted by either Israel or Western allies with forces stationed in the region.

Yahya Sare'e, the Houthis' spokesperson, said in a statement published on the social media platform X that the strike was made in retaliation to the war underway in Gaza between Israel and Hamas and had hit one of many of the group's targets.

The Houthis claimed that their newest drones can bypass Israel's aerial defense systems. However, a spokesperson for Israel's military said on Friday that the explosive-laden drone had been identified on Thursday and attributed the hit to “human error.” The military's assessment of aerial threats has not changed because, the military said, Israel's adversaries have attempted such strikes for months.

“It was a terror attack that was targeted to kill civilians in Israel,” the Israeli spokesperson said.

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 Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group.

It comes as international mediators continue to hold out hope for a cease-fire agreement, pushing Israel and Hamas toward a phased deal that would halt fighting and free about 120 hostages held by the militant group in Gaza.

The prospects a deal could improve as Israeli leaders signal their operation underway in Rafah is close to finished. However, fears of potential escalation resurfaced on Thursday after Israel’s far-right national security minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, visited Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site on Thursday to pray for the return of Israeli hostages, he said, “without a reckless deal, without surrendering.”

Local police in Tel Aviv said that the Friday blast sounded at around 3:10 a.m., reverberating to nearby cities and physically injuring at least 10 people. Tel Aviv District Commander Peretz Amar said officers could not locate the point of contact, suggesting the explosion occurred in the air.

“The force of the explosion caused damage that is not great but is spread over a large area. At the moment we don’t know what the object was,” Amar said.

Israel possesses a multilayered aerial defense system, capable of intercepting threats ranging from long-range ballistic missiles to drones and short-range missiles. These systems have intercepted thousands of projectiles throughout the war. But officials warn they are not 100% effective, and the systems appear to have struggled against small and hard-to-detect attack drones. It was not known which, if any, system was deployed.

Like Hamas, Hezbollah and the Houthis are backed by Israel’s arch enemy, Iran. Israel for the most part also has avoided a direct confrontation 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.

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Metz reported from Rabat, Morocco.

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

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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