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ARI@ATL: Miley fans five in his debut

Their hitting debuts as D-backs may not have been as good as hoped, but Arizona still won in its first game with new acquisitions Aaron Hill and John McDonald.

The two both went 0-for-4 in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Nationals. Aside from the new faces at shortstop and second base, there has been one other wrinkle in the D-backs' two-game win streak: no batting practice.

"This has been two days without BP, I don't know if I've ever been on a team that has done that intentionally," said manager Kirk Gibson.

The temporary break from batting practice might continue if the D-backs keep winning. Arizona was on a six-game losing streak before taking decisions on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The D-backs' National League West lead remained at two games after the Giants completed a 2-1 win over the Padres later in the evening.

While Arizona has added men, Washington is down one and hoping injured right fielder Jayson Werth is ready to get back in the lineup soon. He suffered a mild groin strain late Tuesday and missed the following game as a precaution.

"He would play if we were in a pennant race or something, but there's no sense," said Nationals manager Davey Johnson. "He's played through this before, but I don't see the sense in doing that now and taking a chance on it."

D-backs: Miley looks for improvement
Thursday starter Wade Miley made his Major League debut on Saturday in an 8-1 loss to the Braves. He went four innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks, with five strikeouts.

Miley was the D-backs' Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2010, and was 4-1 with a 3.64 ERA this season with Triple-A Reno.

Nationals: Zimmerman stops streaking
Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman ended his streak of reaching base at 29 games, going 0-for-4 in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the D-backs.

Zimmerman hit .407 in that stretch, dating back to July 22 with eight doubles, a triple and four home runs. He was the NL's co-Player of the Week for the previous week, when he hit .500 with three home runs.

Worth noting
• Nationals starter John Lannan, who takes the bump in Thursday's finale, is 3-1 with a 1.04 ERA in four career starts against the D-backs.

• Arizona outfielder Justin Upton was back in the starting lineup Wednesday, a night after he was hit in the elbow with a pitch. It was the fifth time this season a Washington pitcher hit him with a pitch. He went 1-for-3 with a run and a walk.

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