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Flores' grand slam enough for Nats to drop Padres

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SAN DIEGO -- Jesus Flores had the big hit, but Odalis Perez overcame big pain to help the Washington Nationals.

While Flores hit a grand slam, Perez contended with the aftermath of a root canal earlier in the day to pitch into the seventh inning in the Nationals' 6-4 victory against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.

Flores drove a high fastball off Shawn Estes (1-1) into the left-field seats in the fourth inning and Washington held on to keep the Padres from assembling their first three-game winning streak this season.

Perez (2-4) was lifted after he allowed consecutive one-out doubles to Luke Carlin and pinch-hitter Tony Clark in the seventh that cut the Nationals' lead to 6-2. Scott Hairston greeted reliever Brian Sanches with a two-run home run.

The fact that Perez was even on the mound provided a big lift.

"It was tough," he said. "I couldn't sleep (Tuesday night). It was painful. I wasn't sure if I was going to pitch."

But after sleeping just two hours, Perez got up in the morning and had a root canal on a tooth that has bothered him for the past 10 days.

"Last night we tried to call and see if they had a 24-hour dentist but we couldn't find one," Perez said. "I felt so weak. The third or fourth inning I felt bad. I threw my fastball but I had to locate it because I knew I didn't have the power to challenge those guys."

Perez was charged with three runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings as he bounced back from a cut on his left thumb that forced him out of his last start Friday against Milwaukee.

"He did a tremendous job," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "The guy went out there and battled for us. He gave us a great effort. He showed us a lot going out there and throwing."

The loss came before 19,201 fans, the Padres' third-smallest crowd of the season. It's no wonder: The Padres (20-34) are tied with Seattle for the worst record in the majors.

Lastings Milledge hit a solo home run for Washington off reliever Mike Adams in the sixth and Aaron Boone drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh for a 6-1 lead. Cristian Guzman had three hits.

Flores' grand slam gave Washington more runs with one swing than it had scored in eight of its previous 12 games. The Nationals have scored the fourth fewest runs in the majors.

"Jesus has been playing real good baseball and showing that he belongs on this team," said Milledge of Washington's 23-year-old catcher. "He's playing good ball and I am expecting big things from him."

The Nationals beat the Padres for only the seventh time in 30 games, and only the fourth in 15 games at Petco Park.

Washington loaded the bases with one out in the fourth when Boone singled, Dmitri Young walked and Estes hit Milledge with a pitch. Estes then threw Flores a 1-2 fastball that he hit for his first career grand slam and second home run of the season.

"I had the guy 1-2 and made a really, really bad pitch," Estes said. "I was trying to get a double play and left a fastball up in a spot where he could barrel it."

Estes allowed four runs on four hits in five innings. The left-hander struck out three, walked two and hit a batter. Estes, who missed most of the past two seasons after undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery, lost for the first time since April 5, 2006.

Notes

  • Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman missed his third consecutive game because of a sore left shoulder.
  • Padres LF Justin Huber came out of the game after the first inning because of back spasms.
  • Tadahito Iguchi, who had three hits, drove in San Diego's first run with a fifth-inning single.
 
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The Nats' Jesus Flores watches his grand slam take flight in the fourth inning.  (AP)
The Nats' Jesus Flores watches his grand slam take flight in the fourth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

J. Flores
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
San Diego

S. Hairston
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Washington Nationals
Felipe Lopez, 2B5120013 .247
Cristian Guzman, SS5030011 .308
Aaron Boone, 3B-1B4111002 .298
Dmitri Young, 1B3110110 .211
    Willie Harris, 3B1000001 .169
Lastings Milledge, CF4211013 .242
Jesus Flores, C4124010 .344
Wily Mo Pena, LF3000101 .213
    Ryan Langerhans, LF0000000 .000
Elijah Dukes, RF3010101 .149
Odalis Perez, P3000011 .250
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
    Luis Ayala, P1000002 .000
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
Totals36611636  
Batting
2B - Felipe Lopez (10, Adams), Cristian Guzman (17, Meredith)
HR - Lastings Milledge (3, Adams), Jesus Flores (2, Estes)
SF - Aaron Boone (1)
RBI - Aaron Boone (14), Lastings Milledge (20), Jesus Flores 4 (14)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Elijah Dukes (1, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
Odalis Perez (W,2-4) 6.1633340 4.14
Brian Sanches0211001 9.00
Luis Ayala (H,13) 1.2000020 4.45
Jon Rauch (S,11) 1000020 2.36
HBP - Gonzalez (by Luis Ayala)
Pitches-Strikes - Odalis Perez 99-60, Brian Sanches 7-4, Luis Ayala 23-15, Jon Rauch 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Odalis Perez 4-10, Jon Rauch 1-0
Batters Faced - Odalis Perez 27, Brian Sanches 2, Luis Ayala 6, Jon Rauch 3
San Diego Padres
Scott Hairston, CF-LF5122012 .241
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5031002 .259
Brian Giles, RF3000105 .296
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3000001 .279
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4000032 .275
Khalil Greene, SS4000010 .219
Justin Huber, LF0000000 .184
    Jody Gerut, CF4110010 .216
Luke Carlin, C3110110 .189
Shawn Estes, P0000000 .250
   a- Edgar Gonzalez, PH0000100 .313
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Clark, PH1111000 .261
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
   c- Paul McAnulty, PH1000010 .207
Totals3348438  
a-walked for Estes in the 5th
b-doubled for Adams in the 7th
c-struck out for Meredith in the 9th
Batting
2B - Luke Carlin (3, O. Perez), Tony Clark (2, O. Perez)
HR - Scott Hairston (7, Sanches)
SH - Shawn Estes (3)
RBI - Scott Hairston 2 (15), Tadahito Iguchi (18), Tony Clark (2)
2-OUT RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (11)
CS - Tadahito Iguchi (1, 2nd base by O. Perez/Flores)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Greene-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Shawn Estes (L,1-1) 5444231 3.33
Mike Adams 2522021 3.00
Cla Meredith 2200110 4.15
HBP - Milledge (by Shawn Estes)
WP - Shawn Estes (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Shawn Estes 77-45, Mike Adams 29-23, Cla Meredith 32-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shawn Estes 6-5, Mike Adams 1-3, Cla Meredith 3-2
Batters Faced - Shawn Estes 21, Mike Adams 11, Cla Meredith 9
Game Information
Attendance - 19201
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Bill Hohn, Third Base - Ron Kulpa