Zimmerman, Murphy homer to back Ross in Nationals' 7-5 win
SAN DIEGO (AP) Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer and Daniel Murphy homered and drove in three runs to help the Washington Nationals to a 7-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
Joe Ross (6-4) pitched at Petco Park for the first time and was starting for the second time against the Padres, who selected him 25th overall in the June 2011 draft. The Padres shipped Ross and shortstop Trea Turner to the Nationals in an 11-player, three-team trade in December 2014 that netted them Wil Myers from Tampa Bay.
Ross allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, struck out six and walked two. His older brother, Tyson, was San Diego's opening day starter but hasn't pitched since due to right shoulder inflammation.
Zimmerman's homer to left capped a four-run third and gave the Nationals a 5-1 lead against Christian Friedrich (3-2).