PHOENIX -- Dan Haren brought his disappointing season with Washington to a strong conclusion on Saturday night, blanking the Arizona Diamondbacks on four hits through seven innings in the Nationals 2-0 victory. Julian Edelman Patriots Jersey
. Haren (10-14), the former Diamondbacks pitcher who signed a one-year, $13 million deal with the Nationals and struggled mightily for much of the season, struck out five and walked one. The 33-year-old right-hander, a free agent at the end of the season, was 6-2 in his last 12 starts. Brandon McCarthy (5-11) gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings. With the loss, Arizona fell to 80-81, the first time the Diamondbacks have been under .500 all season. Arizona threatened against Rafael Soriano in the ninth. Paul Goldschmidt flied out to deep centre, then Martin Prado singled and Miguel Montero walked. A wild pitch advanced the runners to third and second, but Soriano struck out Matt Davidson and retired Chris Owings on a fly ball for his 43rd save. Drew Storen threw a scoreless eighth as the third link of the shutout. Denard Span and Chad Tracy scored the games only runs. Span tripled to the right-field corner leading off the sixth and scored when Ryan Zimmerman grounded out. In the seventh, Tracy hit a solo shot that landed on the far side of the swimming pool in right field and bounced back into the water. Meanwhile, Arizona didnt do much against Haren, with all four of its hits coming with two outs. McCarthy had a solid final outing in an injury-plagued season but got no offensive support from the Diamondbacks, who lost their fourth straight. The right-hander retired the first 11 batters before Jayson Werth singled. The game whizzed by in 2 hours, 25 minutes. The Diamondbacks need to win the series finale on Sunday to finish 81-81, the same record they had a year ago. Sundays game will be the last for 70-year-old Davey Johnson as Washington manager. He is retiring after three decades in the majors as player and as a manager who directed four teams to the playoffs, including the Nationals. NOTES: After the game, Johnson said he had scratched RHP Gio Gonzalez from Sundays start and would go with Tanner Roark (7-1, 1.74). LHP Wade Miley (10-10, 3.63) goes for Arizona. ... Goldschmidt extended his career-best hitting streak to 18 games. Goldschmidt fell into a tie for the NL lead in homers when Pedro Alvarez of Pittsburgh hit his 36th on Saturday. Chandler Jones Jersey
. Canada dropped a 24-21 decision to Zimbabwe before bouncing back with a 10-7 win over Spain. All three sides finished with seven points apiece in Pool E to move on to the final eight while the Philippines was last with only three points. Brandon LaFell Official
. Sean Monahan scored two goals, including the overtime winner, as the Flames snapped a two-game losing skid with a 2-1 victory over the Oilers in a game between two of the NHLs current lesser lights.TORONTO -- Antonio Nogueira will take on Frank Mir in a battle of former heavyweight champions at UFC 140 in Toronto on Dec. 10. Mir stopped the veteran Brazilian by TKO when they met at UFC 92 in December 2008. Nogueiras training for the fight had been hampered by a staph infection. Nogueira (33-6-1 with one no contest) is coming off a KO win over Brendan Schaub at UFC 134 in Brazil. Mir (15-5) won a decision over Roy (Big Country) Nelson last time out at UFC 130. In previously annouunced fights on the Toronto card, Montreal-based welterweight Rory (Ares) MacDonald will take on Brian (Bad Boy) Ebersole. Shane Vereen Jersey
. Toronto welterweight Claude (The Prince) Patrick will face (Raging Bull) Rich Attonito while unbeaten Edmonton lightweight Mitch Clarke tackles John Cholish in a battle of UFC debutantes. In other news, the UFC has confirmed Josh Koscheck will step in for the injured Diego Sanchez against Hall of Famer Matt Hughes at UFC 135 on Sept. 24. cheap jerseys
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