Maybin gets 2 hits in return, Padres beat Nats
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cameron Maybin celebrated his return to the lineup with a pair of hits, Ian Kennedy pitched seven strong innings and the San Diego Padres beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 Sunday.
Maybin had been out since rupturing his left biceps in spring training. The center fielder doubled down the third-base line in his first at-bat, then singled and scored during a two-run sixth.
Chris Denorfia had two hits, two walks and scored twice for the Padres. He singled home the go-ahead run in the fifth as San Diego earned a split of the four-game series.
Kennedy (2-3) gave up three hits, struck out nine and walked none. He retired 16 straight batters at one stretch.
After giving up back-to-back doubles to Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth in the first inning, Kennedy allowed only one more hit.
Huston Street closed for his ninth save in nine chances.
It was a tough day all around for Washington.
Outfielder Bryce Harper was put on the disabled list with a thumb sprain. Starting pitcher Taylor Jordan labored through four innings with surprisingly low velocity. Ross Detwiler (0-1) and Aaron Barrett were ineffective in relief.
Nate McLouth hit his first home run for the Nationals. Starting in left field for Harper, McLouth entered the game with an .097 batting average.
Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, the Padres tied it when Denorfia walked, Yasmani Grandal doubled and Jedd Gyorko had a sacrifice fly.
The go-ahead run came an inning later off Detwiler as Everth Cabrera singled, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Denorfia’s single.
Singles by Will Venable, Maybin and pinch-hitter Nick Hundley loaded the bases in the sixth inning. After Barrett fanned Kennedy for the second out, he walked Cabrera on four pitches to force one run home and walked Denorfia on a 3-2 pitch.
NOTES: To make room for Maybin, the Padres sent pitcher Kevin Quackenbush to Triple-A El Paso. … Nationals RHP Doug Fister made his first of two scheduled rehab starts at Single-A Potomac on Sunday, throwing 59 pitches, including 42 strikes. … Washington will have days off before and after a two-game series at Houston that begins on Tuesday when LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-1, 3.00) faces RHP Jarred Cosart (1-2, 6.12). … San Diego travels to San Francisco for a three-game series starting Monday with RHP Tyson Ross (2-3, 3.16) opposing LHP Madison Baumgarner (2-2, 3.14).