Nats’ Adams has big day

WASHINGTON — Three years ago, Matt Adams’ dad initiated a holiday tradition with his slugging son: No matter where Adams was playing, he would be in the stadium on Father’s Day.

Jamie Adams got a big payoff for his roughly three-hour drive from Philipsburg this year.

Matt Adams homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs, Anibal Sanchez got his 100th career victory, and the Washington Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 15-5, on Sunday to split their four-game series.

Adams, Anthony Rendon and Kurt Suzuki homered off Arizona reliever Zack Godley, and Adams added a grand slam against Stefan Crichton in the eighth. Adams tied a career best with two long drives and has nine career multihomer games.

“It’s something special to be able to have a game like this, career-high RBIs and to be able to have him in the stands,” Adams said.