During a lengthy stretch when he pitched well but received scant offensive support, Washington pitcher Gio Gonzalez said and did all the right things.
Tuesday night his patience was rewarded.
Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer and Gonzalez won for the first time since May 5 as the Nationals defeated the Diamondbacks 7-5.
The Nationals led 6-0 after five innings and snapped a two-game skid as they reached double figures in hits for the second game in a row.
''Seeing these guys come alive, swing the bat, it's always a nice thing to see, especially when you start getting in a rhythm like that,'' he said.
Gonzalez (4-3) went 6 1-3 innings, giving up two runs on nine hits while striking out four and walking one.
He said pitching with the big lead for a change didn't alter his approach.
''No, you still have to go out there and attack,'' Gonzalez said. ''The team gives you a big lead like that you want to get them back in there, especially when they're swinging it real hot.''