Nationals flex their muscles in 8-5 win over the Padres
SAN DIEGO (AP) Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos hit back-to-back homers and Anthony Rendon added a solo shot as the Washington Nationals won for the ninth time in 11 games with an 8-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night.
Tanner Roark (6-4), who won his third straight against the Padres, worked six innings, surrendering four runs and seven hits. He walked two and struck out five.
Shawn Kelley pitched the ninth for his second save in as many chances.
Erik Johnson (0-2), who was acquired from the Chicago White Sox on June 4 in the deal for James Shields, struggled again. He was charged with five runs, seven hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out two in his second start with the Padres.
Washington stretched its lead to 8-4 in the ninth with Harper getting his third RBI on a single.