San Diego at Washington

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Washington (23-34)003000000381

Padres 7, Nationals 3

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- David Wells decried the deplorable conditions in which he labored, while Josh Bard tried to make the best of the wet situation.

Wells threw five solid innings in the rain, Bard homered and drove in a career-high four runs and the San Diego Padres beat the Washington Nationals 7-3 on Sunday.

"Terrible, terrible and even worse," Wells said when asked to assess the playing conditions as the teams played in persistent precipitation.

Had the game been postponed, the best makeup option would have been a Monday afternoon game on what was supposed to be an off day for the Padres.

"We just felt like people wanted to go home. They wanted to be home on the off day," said Bard, whose team hosts the Los Angeles Dodgers for a three-game series beginning Tuesday. "We're just excited getting out of here taking two of three."

Since being suspended three games for his actions in a physical encounter with umpires in Pittsburgh on Thursday -- when his apparent home run was reversed and ruled a double -- Bard is 5-for-9 with two doubles, a homer and six RBI. Washington's Austin Kearns had to make a running catch on the warning track in right field on Bard's seventh-inning sacrifice fly, which came with the bases loaded.

"He's swinging the bat better," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He would have had a real big game if Kearns hadn't made the play against him."

Bard's three-run homer gave the Padres a first-inning lead, and Hiram Bocachica's solo homer -- his first hit since being claimed on waivers from Oakland on Thursday -- snapped a fifth-inning tie.

Wells (3-3) prospered in terrible weather conditions to win for the second time in seven starts. The left-hander allowed three runs on five hits, walked none and struck out two as the Padres won for the seventh time in nine games.

Ryan Zimmerman homered for the Nationals, who fell to 6-22 against the Padres since August 2003.

Steady, and sometimes heavy, rain eventually turned a drizzle by the seventh inning, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Barry passed through the mid-Atlantic. Sandbags greeted early arrivals in the dugouts, water collected between first and second bases, and the grounds crew repeatedly spread drying compound on the soggy infield.

"You were lucky to have a dry ball at any given time," Wells said. "It was terrible. I'm glad we played, but I don't know why we should. Somebody could have gotten hurt."

After Marcus Giles singled, Terrmel Sledge reached on a bunt single when no one covered first and Bard hit a one-out homer to right off Jason Simontacchi's 0-1 pitch for a 3-0 lead.

"When you throw into his swing pattern, he's going to hit the ball hard. ... You try to hit your spots, and obviously, down and in isn't a good spot," Simontacchi said.

Washington tied it in the third on Zimmerman's homer. Nook Logan singled, went to second on a sacrifice, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Ronnie Belliard's double. Zimmerman then crushed his team-leading eighth home run, a mammoth shot that landed a third of the way up in the left-field upper deck.

"They told me where it went. Thats pretty far up there, I guess," Zimmerman said.

Simontacchi (2-4) retired 12 straight after Bard's homer before Bocachica connected with one out in the fifth. A throwing error by Zimmerman led to two more unearned runs and Simontacchi's departure.

Marcus Giles reached on Zimmerman's error and Sledge walked before Adrian Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a two-run double to right for a 6-3 lead.

Simontacchi gave up six runs -- four earned -- on five hits over 4 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.

"I thought he pitched decent," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "He got hurt by the miscues behind him. He made a couple of mistakes, costly ones. He made a couple of mistakes (but) we didn't play well behind him."

Notes

OF Mike Cameron was a late scratch from the Padres' lineup because of a tight hamstring. Bocachica took over for Cameron in center field, while Bard moved into his cleanup spot. Cameron flew out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. ... The Nationals signed 17-year-old Dominican SS Luis Castillo to a professional contract Sunday. ... San Diego 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff was hit in the right shoulder by a Simontacchi pitch in the fourth, but plate umpire Bob Davidson ruled the pitch a ball because Kouzmanoff didn't try to avoid it.

 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

M. Giles
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
San Diego

J. Bard
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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San Diego Padres
Marcus Giles, 2B5330000 .278
Terrmel Sledge, LF3220200 .234
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4012114 .302
Josh Bard, C4114003 .264
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4000022 .205
Khalil Greene, SS4000000 .221
Paul McAnulty, RF4010020 .179
Hiram Bocachica, CF4111001 .077
David Wells, P2000010 .095
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
   a- Russell Branyan, PH1000000 .228
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Cameron, PH1000000 .239
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .000
Totals3679736  
a-flied out for Meredith in the 7th
b-lined out for Linebrink in the 9th
Batting
2B - Terrmel Sledge (5, Colome), Adrian Gonzalez (15, Simontacchi)
HR - Josh Bard (2, Simontacchi), Hiram Bocachica (2, Simontacchi)
SF - Josh Bard (1)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (39), Josh Bard 4 (18), Hiram Bocachica (4)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (13)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Greene-Giles-Gonzalez
E - Kevin Kouzmanoff (6, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
David Wells (W,3-3) 5533021 4.79
Cla Meredith (H,7) 1100000 3.62
Heath Bell 1100110 1.08
Scott Linebrink 1100000 2.10
Doug Brocail 1000000 1.75
Pitches-Strikes - David Wells 86-62, Cla Meredith 12-8, Heath Bell 21-13, Scott Linebrink 16-11, Doug Brocail 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Wells 7-7, Cla Meredith 3-0, Heath Bell 1-0, Doug Brocail 2-1
Batters Faced - David Wells 21, Cla Meredith 4, Heath Bell 4, Scott Linebrink 4, Doug Brocail 3
Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS4010001 .320
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4111003 .290
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4112002 .250
Dmitri Young, 1B4000001 .323
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
Austin Kearns, RF4020000 .254
Ryan Church, LF4010011 .259
Jesus Flores, C4000012 .222
Nook Logan, CF4110011 .227
Jason Simontacchi, P0000000 .000
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
   a- Tony Batista, PH1010000 .278
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Langerhans, PH0000100 .161
    Billy Traber, P0000000 .000
    Robert Fick, 1B1000000 .200
Totals3438313  
a-singled for Rivera in the 5th
b-walked for Colome in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ronnie Belliard (6, Wells)
HR - Ryan Zimmerman (8, Wells)
SH - Jason Simontacchi (1)
RBI - Ronnie Belliard (15), Ryan Zimmerman 2 (30)
2-OUT RBI - Ronnie Belliard (8), Ryan Zimmerman 2 (13)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Ryan Zimmerman (10, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
Jason Simontacchi (L,2-4) 4.2564142 5.61
Saul Rivera 0.1000000 3.60
Jesus Colome 2311120 2.43
Billy Traber 1000000 0.79
Jon Rauch 1100100 4.91
IBB - Gonzalez by Jesus Colome
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Simontacchi 51-33, Saul Rivera 4-3, Jesus Colome 25-17, Billy Traber 7-5, Jon Rauch 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Simontacchi 2-9, Saul Rivera 1-0, Jesus Colome 1-3, Billy Traber 1-2
Batters Faced - Jason Simontacchi 21, Saul Rivera 1, Jesus Colome 10, Billy Traber 3, Jon Rauch 5
Game Information
Attendance - 26967
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Randy Marsh