WASHINGTON — Rather than talk about the death of Cuban countryman Jose Fernandez, Diamondbacks slugger Yasmany Tomas let his big night at the plate speak for itself.
Tomas hit a three-run homer and had five RBIs as Arizona beat the NL East champion Washington Nationals 14-4 on Monday.
“I just tried to find the good pitches and make good contact with the ball,” Tomas said through a translator.
After Fernandez’s death in a boating accident early Sunday at age 24, Tomas tweeted in Spanish calling the late Miami Marlins pitcher a friend and thanking him for the moments he provided in baseball.
Following the win over Washington, Tomas declined to talk about Fernandez.
Tomas’ 30th home run of the season, however, hit off Nationals starter Tanner Roark (15-10) in the fourth inning, certainly sparked Arizona’s offensive outburst.
Leadoff hitter Jean Segura hit two home runs and Mitch Haniger and Jake Lamb each had one. Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said the team would like to help Segura reach 200 hits after a three-hit night increased his total to 196.
“He looked good tonight,” Hale said. “Two home runs to right-center. When he’s hitting the ball to right-center, right down the right-field line, that’s when he’s at his best.”
Arizona starter Archie Bradley didn’t have his best, allowing four runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings. But the run support allowed Zack Godley (5-4) to pick up the win.
The loss was a potentially costly one for the Nationals, because All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos injured his right knee in the sixth on Tomas’ two-run double. As Brandon Drury came around to score, Ramos caught a relay throw and landed awkwardly on his right leg, crumpling to the ground and clutching his knee.
Manager Dusty Baker said Ramos would have an MRI exam Tuesday to discover the extent of the damage.
“There’s always a level of concern when you lose a guy of that caliber,” Baker said. “But that’s why we have the depth that we have. Nobody’s going to feel sorry for you. We’ve just got to next man up. We’ve got some guys that have to pick it up.”
BLAME THE RAIN
Including a 20-minute rain delay that started one pitch in, the top of the sixth inning took almost an hour to play. The Diamondbacks sent 11 hitters to the plate, scoring five runs on six hits with an error sprinkled in for good measure.
GOODWIN IN LOSS
Starting in place of ailing Bryce Harper (thumb), Nationals rookie outfielder Brian Goodwin hit his first major league triple and drove in two runs. With nothing but home-field advantage in the first round left to play for, Goodwin could see a lot of action the rest of the week.
Diamondbacks: Hale said RHP Rubby De La Rosa will have a stem cell injection in his elbow Tuesday in an attempt to avoid a second Tommy John surgery.
Nationals: Baker said X-rays on Harper’s left thumb came back negative and the slugger is expected back within a few days. … Baker expects 2B Daniel Murphy to be ready for Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Oct. 7 against the Los Angeles Dodgers despite being shut down with a strained glute. … RHP Stephen Strasburg’s status for the NLDS remains in doubt because of an elbow injury. … LHP Sammy Solis was activated off the disabled list after missing more than a month with shoulder inflammation.
Arizona’s Matt Koch (1-1, 1.29) will make his first major league start against Nationals ace Max Scherzer (18-7, 2.82 ERA), who continues his Cy Young Award campaign.