Eduardo Escobar had two home runs and seven RBIs, and the Arizona Diamondbacks’ pitching, including Seth Frankoff in his first major league start, subdued the visiting Washington Nationals 11-4 on Saturday night.
Frankoff, a 32-year-old right-hander who toiled in the minors and professionally in South Korea, lasted 4 2/3 innings — matching his three relief appearances combined in his big-league career.
He was recently called up from Triple-A Reno to be a spot starter after Zac Gallen (right elbow sprain) went on the 10-day injured list.
Frankoff, who pitched professionally in South Korea in 2018 and 2019, pitched for the Chicago Cubs in 2017 and the Seattle Mariners last year.
He allowed three hits and two runs with four strikeouts and four walks before he was pulled by manager Torey Lovullo after Washington loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth.
Alex Young (1-3) came on to strike out Kyle Schwarber and preserve the 6-2 lead.
Arizona, which is 4-10 in its last 14 games, had 12 hits on Saturday. Escobar went 3-for-5 with his eighth and ninth home runs, and David Peralta was 2-for-5 with his fourth homer.
Daulton Varsho, playing at catcher after Carson Kelly (fractured left big toe) was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday, went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
The Diamondbacks answered Washington’s run in the first inning with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Escobar had a two-run single, and Varsho later singled him in.
After Washington cut the lead to 3-2 on Victor Robles’ RBI single in the second, Escobar’s three-run home run with two outs in the fourth inning off Washington starter Joe Ross (2-3) increased the lead to 6-2.
Arizona scored twice in the bottom of the fifth against Ross, including Andrew Young’s RBI single, to take an 8-2 lead.
Escobar belted another two-out home run, a two-run shot, in the eighth inning to increase the lead to 11-3.