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D’backs erupt for 17 hits, 10 runs, giving Hinch his first win

PHOENIX – Arizona’s offense has been awful, and no one has struggled more than Chris Snyder and Eric Byrnes.

Both players had shown signs of breaking out lately, and they led the Diamondbacks to a breakthrough performance Sunday.

Snyder and Byrnes each drove in three runs and Arizona piled up a season-best 17 hits to beat the Washington Nationals 10-8 and give new manager A.J. Hinch his first victory.

Ryan Zimmerman pushed his hitting streak to 28 games with a double and two singles, and Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham both homered twice. But that wasn’t enough to extend the Nationals’ season-best three-game winning streak.

Snyder, the Diamondbacks’ catcher, gave Hinch the game ball.

“Granted, it’s been great to get a first win as a manager,” Hinch said. “But honestly, this team needed it and I’m happy for everybody” on the team.

Arizona’s Justin Upton had three hits, including a double, to run his hitting streak to 17 games, second only to Zimmerman’s in the majors this season. Ryan Roberts also had three hits, knocking in two runs, as Arizona snapped a three-game slide, the last two under Hinch after Bob Melvin was fired.

“It felt great, being able to push runs across the plate,” said Upton, who has raised his average to .309 after a difficult start. “Just continuing to hit, not giving up when we fell behind.”



Cincinnati (Arroyo 4-2) at Arizona (Garland 3-1), 6:40 p.m. Monday. TV: FSNA. Radio: 1490 AM

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