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Washington at San Diego

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Washington (46-86)001000000180
San Diego (57-76) «20000001x370

Padres 3, Nationals 1

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SAN DIEGO -- Oscar Salazar had just one thought as he raced dangerously close to the left-field wall while tracking Willie Harris' fly ball.

"Ball first," Salazar said. "Whatever happens after that, happens."

Normally an infielder, Salazar helped preserve San Diego's 3-1 win over Livan Hernandez and the Washington Nationals on Monday night with a spectacular, over-the-shoulder catch.

 Padres' Blanks has partially torn plantar fascia

Salazar slammed into the pitcher's scoreboard and bruised his left knee, forcing him out of the game. He also scraped his left elbow and hit his face.

"I got a chance to catch the ball," said Salazar, who impressed manager Bud Black and starter Tim Stauffer. "I was going for it."

Salazar, who made his first start this season in the outfield, expects to be able to play Tuesday night.

"That's a tough play," Black said. "Directly over your head going straight back, off the bat of a lefty, which has a little slice to it, it's always sort of moving. And when you're approaching the wall, it's not a comfortable feeling, and to still make the play, it's great."

Salazar's catch came with a runner on first, one out and the Padres leading 2-1. He bounced off the scoreboard, limped a few steps, threw the ball in, then fell to the grass and grabbed his left knee.

After being tended to, he walked off on his power and was replaced by Drew Macias.

Two batters earlier, Will Nieves tried to stretch a single into a double and was thrown out by right fielder Will Venable.

"The overall team defense has really picked up," Black said. "It's really saving pitches for us."

Stauffer agreed.

"It makes you want to pitch quickly and efficiently, because if you're doing that, usually plays are being made and guys aren't sitting back," he said. "We've been fortunate to have been making big plays."

David Eckstein and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit RBI doubles in the first inning, and Chase Headley added a pinch-hit home run in the eighth in a matchup of last-place teams.

Hernandez (7-9) threw the 47th complete game of his career and second this season. He also had a complete game in a 6-1 win for the New York Mets against the Nationals on May 26.

Hernandez lost 8-3 to the Padres at Petco Park on Aug. 6 while with the Mets. He was released by the Mets on Aug. 23 and signed with the Nationals last Tuesday.

Hernandez allowed three runs and seven hits in eight innings in his second start with Washington. He struck out five and walked one.

"All the pitches I threw were very nice," Hernandez said. "I made a mistake in the last inning on the home run."

Hernandez reached base twice and scored the Nationals' only run. He dropped to 1-6 in nine career starts against San Diego, and 0-5 in seven starts at Petco Park.

Padres right-hander Tim Stauffer won consecutive starts for the first time this season, allowing one run on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Stauffer (3-6) was chased by Pete Orr's two-out single in the seventh. Adam Russell relieved and got Ryan Zimmerman to ground out. Stauffer struck out five and walked three.

Heath Bell pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 35 chances.

San Diego's first two batters reached and scored. Everth Cabrera hit a leadoff single and scored from first when Eckstein's bloop double went into the Nationals' bullpen down the right-field line, rattled around in the chairs and ricocheted back onto the field. Eckstein scored on Kouzmanoff's one-out double.

"It was a bad inning," Hernandez said. "There was the blooper and it went into the bullpen. The guy -- Cabrera -- is fast. After that I tried to keep the game close to we have a chance to win."

Hernandez "did a great job," manager Jim Riggleman said. "He gave us a chance to win the ballgame. We just couldn't get over the hump."

Hernandez singled leadoff off the third, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Orr's one-out bloop single. He also bunted into an inning-ended, bases-loaded double play in the fourth.

Headley's homer in the eighth was his 10th.

Notes

Hernandez is 0-1 with a 3.21 ERA in two starts with the Nationals. ... Padres rookie OF Kyle Blanks has a partial tear in his plantar fascia and will have his right foot placed in a cast. Blanks was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday. He'll be re-evaluated in a week.
 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

E. Cabrera
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Washington

L. Hernandez
IP 8.0
H 7
ER 3
BB 1
K 5
 
Washington Nationals
Willie Harris, CF3000112 .223
Pete Orr, 2B4021001 .533
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4010014 .299
Adam Dunn, 1B4000023 .280
Josh Willingham, LF4000020 .288
Elijah Dukes, RF4020010 .249
Alberto Gonzalez, SS2000001 .253
   a- Josh Bard, PH1010000 .240
Wil Nieves, C3010102 .257
Livan Hernandez, P2110101 .140
   b- Cristian Guzman, PH1000000 .301
Totals3218137  
a-singled for Gonzalez in the 9th
b-grounded out for Hernandez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (30, Stauffer)
RBI - Pete Orr (2)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Gonzalez-Orr-Dunn, Zimmerman-Orr-Dunn, Orr-Gonzalez-Dunn
Washington Nationals
Livan Hernandez (L,7-9) 8733151 5.26
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 90-54
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 11-5
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 29
San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera, SS4120021 .271
David Eckstein, 2B4111001 .264
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3010011 .274
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3011001 .257
Will Venable, RF2000110 .271
Oscar Salazar, LF2000001 .370
    Drew Macias, LF1000000 .162
Nick Hundley, C3010000 .220
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF3000011 .267
Tim Stauffer, P1000000 .200
    Adam Russell, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   a- Chase Headley, PH1111000 .260
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals2737315  
a-homered for Gregerson in the 8th
Batting
2B - David Eckstein (23, Hernandez), Kevin Kouzmanoff (30, Hernandez)
HR - Chase Headley (10, Hernandez)
SH - Tim Stauffer (2)
RBI - David Eckstein (44), Kevin Kouzmanoff (77), Chase Headley (48)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Will Venable 1
DP - Stauffer-Hundley-Gonzalez, Eckstein-Cabrera-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Tim Stauffer (W,3-6) 6.2711350 3.76
Adam Russell (H,2) 0.1000000 3.00
Joe Thatcher (H,2) 0.1000000 2.78
Luke Gregerson (H,19) 0.2000020 3.20
Heath Bell (S,32) 1100000 2.18
HBP - Gonzalez (by Tim Stauffer)
WP - Tim Stauffer (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Stauffer 98-59, Adam Russell 7-4, Joe Thatcher 5-3, Luke Gregerson 6-6, Heath Bell 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Stauffer 6-7, Adam Russell 1-0, Heath Bell 2-0
Batters Faced - Tim Stauffer 29, Adam Russell 1, Joe Thatcher 1, Luke Gregerson 2, Heath Bell 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19867
Game Time - 2:13
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Chris Tiller, Third Base - Chad Fairchild