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ARI@WSH: Burroughs' homer breaks the tie in seventh

WASHINGTON -- It was not as unlikely as the earthquake that rocked the D.C. area Tuesday, but a rare home run by Sean Burroughs helped power the D-backs past the Nationals, 2-0, in front of 17,029 at Nationals Park.

The win snapped Arizona's six-game losing streak and capped a wild day that saw a 5.8-magnitude earthquake snarl traffic and prevent the team bus from arriving at the ballpark until about 1 hour, 45 minutes before the scheduled start of the game.

"It's been kind of crazy," said D-backs starter Ian Kennedy. "It feels like high school all over again. You show up late and you've got an hour before you start getting ready for the game. It was kind of different for everybody."

It seemed to work for Kennedy, who pitched his way into and out of trouble en route to seven shutout innings and a victory that raised his record to 16-4.

Superstitions being what they are in baseball, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said the team will once again not take batting practice Wednesday, and will schedule the bus for a later arrival.

"And I'm going to try and call another earthquake," Gibson said with a smile. "Just try to get them rested. It's been a long trip, the season's long, trying to get rejuvenated and get our spirit back about ourselves."

The D-backs' offense had struggled during the losing streak, scoring a total of seven runs over the six games.

Things didn't look much better early Tuesday, as Nats starter Jordan Zimmermann kept the D-backs off the board through the first six innings.

"He outpitched Kennedy, as far as I'm concerned," said Nats manager Davey Johnson.

With one out in the seventh, Chris Young managed to coax a walk and Burroughs followed by jumping on the first pitch and driving it over the wall in right.

"I was basically looking dead red fastball, try to get it out front, get my foot down early and try to stay up the middle," Burroughs said. "It was just one of those things. I wasn't trying to hit a home run, I never, obviously, ever do."

The last time Burroughs, who was out of the Majors from 2006 until this past offseason, hit a big league home run was April 30, 2005.

Signed to a Minor League deal by general manager Kevin Towers this past offseason, Burroughs worked his way back into shape and was impressive enough at Triple-A Reno earlier this year to get a callup.

"You know he's going to run into one, one of these times," Kennedy said. "We mess with him that he only hits balls to left field, and he pulled that one tonight. It was nice to see him do that. He brings a lot of energy to our team, he's a fun guy to be around."

Said Burroughs, "I'm just one link in the chain, and it's great to contribute when I get the opportunity and help these guys any way possible."

Kennedy (16-4) has won eight of his past nine starts and 10 of his past 12 decisions, but he was not overly sharp against the Nationals.

"I wasn't making it easy on myself," Kennedy said. "Not any inning was easy. Every inning seemed like it was a battle. I was just barely missing with my fastball." Comments