Nationals 8, Padres 5
Washington manager Davey Johnson has seen these kinds of games
from the Nationals offense.
This time he thinks they’ll sustain it.
Wilson Ramos drove in three runs, Gio Gonzalez won his third
straight start and the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego
Padres 8-5 Friday night.
Jayson Werth had three hits and Denard Span added a two-run
double for Washington, which has won two straight, scoring eight
runs and getting at least 10 hits in each game.
”I like the way the lineup is swinging the bat really. They’re
good at-bats, quality at-bats,” Johnson said. ”That’s what I’ve
been looking for. It takes the pressure off everybody in the
lineup. They feel like they can stay within themselves and not try
to do too much.”
Ramos has driven in eight runs in two games since coming off the
disabled list on Thursday.
”He kind of got us going early today and he’s been a big impact
so far these last two games,” Span said of Ramos.
One hitter not thriving is Bryce Harper. The left fielder went 0
for 4 with a sacrifice fly Friday night and is 1 for 19 since his
Johnson said he’ll probably give Harper a couple of days off
”He expects a lot of himself and I think coming back from that
long layoff he’s just not as relaxed as he likes,” Johnson said.
”He’s probably not at 100 percent physically either. It’s a good
time (to rest him) before we go on the road trip.”
Chase Headley homered, doubled and drove in two runs, and Carlos
Quentin had a three-run homer for the Padres, who’ve lost seven
straight, but scored more than two runs for the first time in that
Gonzalez (6-3) went 6 2-3 innings, allowing three runs and eight
hits while striking out five and walking one. He allowed a
first-inning run and pitched out of a jam in the second when he
struck out three straight with runners on second and third.
”It was just one of those days you have to battle through, but
defense came through and offense was as wonderful as it gets,”
Gonzalez said. ”They were up there getting runs and producing them
and my job was just trying to keep them in the game as much as
He went through a six-game stretch during which the Nationals
scored two runs or fewer, but is now getting good run support.
Washington has scored 25 runs in his past three starts.
Gonzalez left with an 8-2 lead and a runner on first with two
outs in the seventh. Chris Denorfia (3 for 4) singled off reliever
Craig Stammen and Carlos Quentin hit Stammen’s first pitch into the
seats beyond the visitor’s bullpen to make it 8-5.
Tyler Clippard pitched the eighth and Rafael Soriano the ninth
for his 23rd save.
Padres starter Andrew Cashner (5-4) had his worst outing of this
season, lasting just two innings while giving up six runs and five
hits. He had three walks and no strikeouts.
The Nationals trailed 1-0 when Ryan Zimmerman singled to lead
off the second inning. With one out and a 3-2 count, Werth fouled
off four pitches before singling to left. Werth is 6 for 7 in two
games hitting in the No. 6 spot in the lineup with Ian Desmond
moving to the second spot.
”I think he likes that,” Johnson said when asked if Werth
likes having an inning to watch the opposing pitcher. ”I think he
also likes the fact that at five or six, you’re generally going to
have a lot of guys on and he’s more aggressive when he’s in that
spot. And I like that about him.”
After Anthony Rendon walked to load the bases, Ramos grounded a
single to left, scoring Zimmerman and Werth. Gonzalez was hit by a
pitch and Span doubled down the right-field line scoring two more
”The inning just snowballed on (Cashner). Just didn’t make many
good pitches,” Padres manager Bud Black said. ”Tonight every good
pitch that he did throw, they fought it off or took it. Every
borderline pitch they took for ball. They had some really good at
Harper drove in the fifth run with a sacrifice fly.
”We have a deep lineup and it definitely puts pressure on
opposing pitchers,” Span said of the big inning. ”We should be
able to do that. It was definitely fun. I love getting up five or
six times a game.”
Headley homered in the third to make it 5-2.
Ramos singled home LaRoche in the bottom of the third.
In the fourth, Ian Desmond scored on a LaRoche single and
Zimmerman scored on a Werth groundout to make it 8-2.
The Padres took a 1-0 lead in the first when Denorfia doubled
and scored on a two-out double by Headley.
NOTES: Headley is hitting .377 for his career at Nationals Park.
… The Padres activated Cabrera (strained left hamstring) from the
15-day DL Friday. He started and went 0 for 5. To make room for
him, the Padres optioned RHP Burch Smith to Triple A Tucson. …
Washington RHP Ryan Mattheus (broken right hand) threw from the
mound for the first time since going on the DL May 22. … Padres
RHP Jason Marquis (9-4, 3.74) opposes Jordan Zimmermann (12-3,