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Late error helps Nats complete comeback over D-backs

PHOENIX (AP) -- One thing the Washington Nationals do very well
is beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Gold Glove second baseman Orlando Hudson's two-base throwing
error cleared the way for Nook Logan's RBI single in the eighth
inning to give the Nationals a 5-4 victory over the Diamondbacks on
Tuesday night.

The Nationals franchise is 15-2 against Arizona since the start
of the 2004 season, including 5-0 this season. Washington came from
behind in all five of those games.

Alfonso Soriano still needs one stolen base to join the
exclusive "40-40" club after being thrown out by Arizona's Johnny
Estrada trying to steal third in the seventh inning.

"He didn't argue and the third base coach didn't argue,"
Nationals manager Frank Robinson said. "It was a heck of a throw
by Estrada."

Only three players -- Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds and Jose
Canseco -- have hit at least 40 home runs and stolen 40 bases in a
season.

Luis Gonzalez became the oldest player to hit 50 doubles in a
season with a shot to the left-center gap off Nationals starter
Jason Bergmann leading off the third. Gonzalez is 39 years, 9 days
old. The previous oldest major leaguer to hit 50 doubles was Tris
Speaker at 38 years, 107 days in 1926.

"To me, it's a nice honor because in my mind I'm still running
out there doing it," Gonzalez said. "I want to continue playing,
so 50 hopefully is just a start now and gives me something to push
for next year and the year after that."

With the score tied at 4, Jorge Julio walked Soriano to lead off
the seventh, then Felipe Lopez singled to put runners at first and
second. Soriano tried to steal on an 0-2 pitch and was called out
after a perfect throw by Estrada. It was the 16th time Soriano had
been caught stealing this season. Ryan Zimmerman struck out on the
play.

In the eighth, Hudson backhanded Brian Schneider's one-out
grounder, but his throw sailed over the head of first baseman Conor
Jackson's head.

"That's another error I made that cost us a game," Hudson
said. "That's probably about the fifth or sixth error I've had
that cost us the game. It's another one I've got to take under my
belt. We've got to keep going."

Schneider was awarded second, then scored on Logan's single.
Logan had a three-RBI game, including a homer, at Colorado on
Sunday, but had made a base-running mistake earlier in Tuesday's
game.

That made the go-ahead RBI even sweeter.

"Everybody in their bullpen throws pretty hard," Logan said.
"When he got behind, I was just looking for something down the
middle I could handle and try not to do too much with it."

Felix Rodriguez (1-1) threw a scoreless seventh to get the
victory. Chad Cordero pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for his 26th
save in 30 opportunities.

Tony Pena (3-4) gave up the unearned run in one inning for the
loss.

Stephen Drew tripled in two runs for Arizona in the second on a
hit that he thought was a home run. The fly to deep left center
appeared to hit the top of the railing, which would have been a
homer, as a fan reached out for the ball. However, the umpires
huddled and upheld the ruling as a triple.

Drew scored anyway, coming home on Miguel Batista's sacrifice
fly to make it 3-0.

Batista didn't allow a hit until Nick Johnson's two-run homer
down the right field line with one out in the fourth.

Hudson's solo home run off Mike O'Connor put Arizona up 4-2 in
the fifth.

The Nationals tied it in the sixth. Johnson led off with a walk,
then Austin Kearns singled to put runners at first and third.
Vidro's ground out brought Johnson home, then Kearns scored when
Batista threw wildly to third after diving to stop Schneider's
grounder.

Arizona threatened to break it open early, with runners at first
and third with no outs. But Drew popped out to left. Batista tried
to put down a bunt, but the ball popped in the air. Rather than
catch it, Schneidera allowed the ball drop in front of him, then
threw for the force at second. Because Batista didn't run on the
play, the Nationals converted it into a double play.

"A great play," Robinson said. "For us, that was the play of
the game."

Game notes
Soriano threw out Gonzalez at third on a fly out for his
21st outfield assist of the season and second in two nights. ...
The Diamondbacks doubled three times to break the club record for
most two-base hits in a season with 305. They set the record of 303
last year. ... Hudson has career bests in home runs (13) and RBI
(66).