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Padres 5, Nationals 4

CBSSports.com wire reports

WASHINGTON -- These days, five runs qualifies as an offensive outburst for the San Diego Padres. On Sunday, their fifth run came on a single that barely left the infield. It was just enough for a win.

The Padres' 5-4 win over the Washington Nationals was just their fourth in 12 games -- and the only time in that stretch they scored more than three runs.

With Jorge Cantu on second and two outs in the ninth, Ryan Ludwick hit a slow roller up the middle that Ian Desmond fielded in short center. It dribbled off his glove, and Cantu lumbered around third and narrowly beat Desmond's throw home.

After scoring just 15 runs in the previous 11 games, those five runs looked big - sort of.

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"I think everyone looks at our offense and kind of says, 'It's not the best offense in the world,"' Ludwick said.

That might be an understatement. The Padres have the worst offense in baseball with a .227 average. The Nationals are hitting just two points better, and to form, the first two games of the series ended 2-1, with each team winning one. On Sunday, the teams, which combined for 19 hits in the first two games, had 21.

In the Padres recent slump they were just 6 for 55 with runners in scoring position. This time, they were 4 for 10.

"We've had a tough stretch here over the last 10 games or so," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We have to play a better complete game all around."

Ludwick had three hits and two RBI and Brad Hawpe had two hits and two RBI.

With the game tied at 4 in the ninth, Cantu broke an 0-for-13 slump with a double to right off Drew Storen (4-2). Then came the small, big hit that Desmond made a fine play to even touch.

"I knew it was in. I didn't think he was going to get to it," Ludwick said. "I thought he did a great job getting a glove on it."

Not everyone thought so.

"I don't really know why it was great," Desmond said.

"The guy scored -- and we lost the game," Desmond said. "It wasn't very great to me. This isn't going to cut it."

Luke Gregerson (2-1), the third Padres pitcher, pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Heath Bell worked the ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances.

Washington, losers of nine of 11, were led by Jayson Werth with three hits.

Ever since the Nationals scored a franchise-record 17 runs against Baltimore on May 20, they've lost seven of eight and scored more than four runs just once.

"It's not luck. We're not unlucky," Desmond said. "We've got runners in scoring position, and we can't score."

In the first, Washington leadoff batter Roger Bernadina reached on an error by Hawpe at first. He stole second and advanced to third on Desmond's bunt single. Werth singled to right to score Bernadina and Desmond scored on Laynce Nix's sacrifice fly.

Yunesky Maya, recalled earlier Sunday by the Nationals, allowed just one hit in his first three innings.

In the fourth,the Padres scored when Jason Bartlett led off with a double and scored on Ludwick's single.

In the fifth, they scored three runs. Logan Forsythe led off with a single, pitcher Moseley bunted him to second, and with two outs, Bartlett and Ludwick walked to load the bases. Hawpe singled to score Forsythe and Bartlett. After Slaten replaced Maya, Ludwick scored on Headley's double.

Maya who is winless in six career starts, pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and six hits. He walked to and struck out three.

The Nationals made it 4-3 in the fifth on Rick Ankiel's single off Moseley and Bernadina's RBI double.

Moseley pitched five innings, allowing three runs -- two earned. He walked one and struck out one.

In the sixth, Washington tied the score at 4 on Michael Morse's fielders choice that scored Werth.


  • Washington 3B Jerry Hairston was suspended one game and fined for "aggressive actions" toward umpire Ed Hickox on Friday night. Hairston, who was celebrating his 35th birthday on Sunday, is appealing the suspension.
  • San Diego OF Cameron Maybin, hitless in his last 10 at-bats, was out of the lineup due to knee soreness.
  • Maya was the sixth starting pitcher used by the Nationals this season. The Nationals are the last major league team to need a sixth starter.
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With the game tied at four, Jorge Cantu breaks an 0-for-13 slump before scoring the winning run on a Ryan Ludwick ground ball.  (AP)
With the game tied at four, Jorge Cantu breaks an 0-for-13 slump before scoring the winning run on a Ryan Ludwick ground ball. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Werth
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
San Diego

R. Ludwick
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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San Diego Padres
Blake Tekotte, CF3000121 .286
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   a- Jorge Cantu, PH-1B1110000 .198
Jason Bartlett, SS4210111 .253
Ryan Ludwick, LF4132110 .239
Brad Hawpe, 1B5022012 .240
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Chase Headley, 3B4011001 .269
Chris Denorfia, RF2010101 .300
Kyle Phillips, C4000016 .138
    Rob Johnson, C0000000 .169
Logan Forsythe, 2B4110001 .133
Dustin Moseley, P1000010 .188
   b- Eric Patterson, PH-CF2000000 .174
a-doubled for Gregerson in the 9th
b-popped out for Moseley in the 6th
2B - Jorge Cantu (3, Storen), Jason Bartlett (6, Maya), Chase Headley (14, Slaten)
SH - Chris Denorfia (1), Dustin Moseley (4)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick 2 (32), Brad Hawpe 2 (15), Chase Headley (18)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Ludwick (5), Brad Hawpe 2 (8), Chase Headley (8)
SB - Chris Denorfia (4, 2nd base off Clippard/Ramos)
CS - Blake Tekotte (1, 2nd base by Kimball/Ramos)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Chris Denorfia 1
DP - Bartlett-Forsythe-Hawpe, Bartlett-Forsythe-Hawpe, Headley-Hawpe
E - Luke Gregerson (1, Throwing), Brad Hawpe (4, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Dustin Moseley 5632110 3.18
Chad Qualls (BS,2) 1211000 2.22
Luke Gregerson (W,2-1) 2300100 2.63
Heath Bell (S,12) 1000020 1.71
WP - Chad Qualls (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin Moseley 81-54, Chad Qualls 18-11, Luke Gregerson 16-11, Heath Bell 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin Moseley 6-6, Chad Qualls 3-0, Luke Gregerson 2-3, Heath Bell 1-0
Batters Faced - Dustin Moseley 20, Chad Qualls 5, Luke Gregerson 9, Heath Bell 3
Washington Nationals
Roger Bernadina, CF5111012 .247
Ian Desmond, SS4110011 .223
Jayson Werth, RF4131000 .255
Laynce Nix, LF3011001 .307
Michael Morse, 1B3011101 .288
Wilson Ramos, C2000103 .243
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B3010001 .254
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Stairs, PH1000002 .091
    Drew Storen, P0000000 .000
Alex Cora, 2B-3B4010001 .241
Yunesky Maya, P1000001 .000
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
   b- Rick Ankiel, PH1110000 .214
    Cole Kimball, P0000000 .000
    Danny Espinosa, 2B2010010 .203
a-lined out for Clippard in the 8th
b-singled for Slaten in the 5th
2B - Roger Bernadina (4, Moseley), Michael Morse (5, Moseley)
SF - Laynce Nix (2)
SH - Wilson Ramos (1)
RBI - Roger Bernadina (7), Jayson Werth (19), Laynce Nix (21), Michael Morse (21)
SB - Roger Bernadina (7, 2nd base off Moseley/Phillips), Rick Ankiel (5, 2nd base off Moseley/Phillips)
PK - Jerry Hairston Jr. (1, Qualls)
Team LOB - 6
Washington Nationals
Yunesky Maya 4.2644230 7.71
Doug Slaten 0.1100100 2.25
Cole Kimball 1000100 4.26
Tyler Clippard 2100030 2.12
Drew Storen (L,4-2) 1211010 2.03
IBB - Denorfia by Doug Slaten
Pitches-Strikes - Yunesky Maya 90-59, Doug Slaten 11-5, Cole Kimball 21-13, Tyler Clippard 28-18, Drew Storen 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yunesky Maya 6-5, Doug Slaten 1-0, Tyler Clippard 1-2, Drew Storen 2-0
Batters Faced - Yunesky Maya 22, Doug Slaten 3, Cole Kimball 3, Tyler Clippard 7, Drew Storen 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23169
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Ed Rapuano