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Padres 11, Nationals 3

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WASHINGTON -- Justin Germano is staying in San Diego's rotation, while the status of hard-hit Washington starter Levale Speigner remains unclear.

Germano won his fourth consecutive start, Rob Bowen drove in a career-high four runs and the Padres rode a six-run first inning to an 11-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.

Germano (4-0) is unbeaten in five starts since being called up from Triple-A Portland to replace the injured Clay Hensley in the Padres' rotation.

Because of his strong series of starts, Germano will remain in the rotation. Hensley, who was out with a strained right groin, was activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday and optioned to Portland.

"It's still early, but I definitely feel like I earned a spot to stay up here for a little bit," Germano said. "I'm not saying off of five starts it should be locked in, but I definitely am happy with the way I've gone about pitching since I've been up."

Germano allowed three runs and six hits over six innings to help San Diego win for the sixth time in eight games.

Padres manager Bud Black said the right-hander continues to impress.

"He's proven himself in his starts and he's deserving to be in the rotation," Black said. "There is no reason to think at this point we are going to make any changes in the immediate future. He knows what is ahead of him. This is a performance game and he is performing."

Khalil Greene matched a season high with four hits and Paul McAnulty homered for the Padres.

The Padres battered Speigner (1-2) for six hits -- two of them coming on mental mistakes on catchable fly balls -- en route to a quick 6-0 lead. San Diego sent 11 men to the plate before Speigner drew derisive cheers for cleanly fielding a Terrmel Sledge grounder for the third out.

Marcus Giles drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second when center fielder Nook Logan broke back, allowing Sledge's pop fly to fall in front of him for a single. Adrian Gonzalez lifted a fly to short left field and neither left fielder Ryan Church nor shortstop Cristian Guzman took charge as the ball dropped between them, loading the bases.

"Nook misjudged the ball. ... The ball to left field should have been caught -- it was up in the air forever," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "I'd rather see two guys collide trying to catch the ball than looking at each other."

Mike Cameron struck out, but Kevin Kouzmanoff and Greene had RBI singles before another run scored on a fielder's choice when third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's wide throw to second pulled Felipe Lopez off the bag. Bowen hit a sacrifice fly, Germano poked a run-scoring single to right and Giles singled home another run.

Speigner, who was 0-0 with a 14.81 ERA in three previous starts, lasted four innings, giving up six runs and seven hits. He walked one and struck out three.

"I gave up hit after hit and in that situation, just go out and try to do some damage control," Speigner said. "I didn't do a good job of that in the first inning. No matter what happens behind me, it still puts it on me to save runs."

Acta wasn't willing to guarantee Speigner, a rookie, another start -- though he admitted that Speigner rebounded well after a rough first inning.

"I don't think his performance had anything to do with the decision we're going to make," Acta said.

Washington averted its third shutout in five games in the sixth. Guzman hit a two-out triple and scored on Zimmerman's single up the middle. Dmitri Young followed with his fifth homer, a shot into the mezzanine in right-center.

Bowen had a three-run, bases-loaded double in the seventh. McAnulty hit a two-run homer off Ray King in the ninth.

Notes

Germano got his first major league hit and RBI in the first and his first extra-base hit, a double, in the sixth. ... Young grounded out to end the first, halting a franchise record-tying streak of hits in eight consecutive plate appearances.

 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

K. Greene
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
San Diego

P. McAnulty
AB 4
R 3
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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San Diego Padres
Marcus Giles, 2B4111112 .271
Terrmel Sledge, LF5120013 .222
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5110012 .303
Mike Cameron, CF4010013 .240
   a- Hiram Bocachica, PH-CF1000000 .045
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B5221021 .211
Khalil Greene, SS5341000 .225
Paul McAnulty, RF4313112 .167
Rob Bowen, C4014002 .235
Justin Germano, P3021010 .333
   b- Geoff Blum, PH1000001 .175
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Cameron, P1000000 .000
Totals4211151128  
a-lined out for Cameron in the 8th
b-fouled out for Germano in the 7th
Batting
2B - Khalil Greene (16, Abreu), Rob Bowen (6, Abreu), Justin Germano (1, Traber)
HR - Paul McAnulty (1, King)
SF - Rob Bowen (1)
RBI - Marcus Giles (21), Kevin Kouzmanoff (23), Khalil Greene (29), Paul McAnulty 3 (3), Rob Bowen 4 (10), Justin Germano (1)
2-OUT RBI - Marcus Giles (13), Justin Germano (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Kouzmanoff-Giles-Gonzalez, Giles-Greene-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Justin Germano (W,4-0) 6633011 1.74
Doug Brocail 1000000 1.82
Kevin Cameron 2200020 0.44
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Germano 86-57, Doug Brocail 8-6, Kevin Cameron 30-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Germano 12-4, Doug Brocail 2-1, Kevin Cameron 2-1
Batters Faced - Justin Germano 23, Doug Brocail 3, Kevin Cameron 7
Washington Nationals
Felipe Lopez, 2B4000002 .245
Cristian Guzman, SS4120000 .323
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4111001 .250
Dmitri Young, 1B4122001 .331
Austin Kearns, RF4000021 .249
Ryan Church, LF4000011 .259
Brian Schneider, C3010000 .230
Nook Logan, CF3000001 .226
Levale Speigner, P1000000 .000
    Billy Traber, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Langerhans, PH1010000 .161
    Winston Abreu, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Batista, PH1010000 .235
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
Totals3338303  
a-singled for Traber in the 6th
b-singled for Abreu in the 8th
Batting
3B - Cristian Guzman (4, Germano)
HR - Dmitri Young (5, Germano)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (28), Dmitri Young 2 (28)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (11), Dmitri Young 2 (12)
Team LOB - 3
Washington Nationals
Levale Speigner (L,1-2) 4766130 9.10
Billy Traber 2300020 0.87
Winston Abreu 2333120 5.63
Ray King 1222011 6.60
IBB - McAnulty by Winston Abreu
Pitches-Strikes - Levale Speigner 79-49, Billy Traber 33-21, Winston Abreu 29-18, Ray King 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Levale Speigner 2-8, Billy Traber 2-2, Winston Abreu 1-3, Ray King 2-0
Batters Faced - Levale Speigner 21, Billy Traber 9, Winston Abreu 10, Ray King 5
Game Information
Attendance - 21635
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt