|Washington (14-4) «||0||2||0||0||0||0||4||1||0||7||11||0|
|San Diego (5-14)||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||2||7||1|
SAN DIEGO -- The scoreless innings streak by Washington starters ended at 26, the longest in Nationals history.
The overall result, however, was another victory.
Jordan Zimmermann pitched four scoreless innings to help set the record before Orlando Hudson homered for San Diego and the NL East-leading Nationals beat the Padres 7-2 on Wednesday in a matchup of the NL's best and worst teams.
The old record for consecutive scoreless innings by Nationals starters was 24 innings in 2005.
"I always want to try to do a little better than the guy before me," Zimmermann said. "Gio did a little better job, I guess, but I'll take six innings and one run anytime."
|More on Nationals-Padres|
|More MLB Coverage|
Hudson ended the streak when he homered to right with two outs in the fifth, his first, on a 1-1 pitch from Zimmermann.
"He pitched a great ballgame. He was outstanding," manager Davey Johnson said. "He made one bad pitch to the second baseman. Kind of hung a slider on the inside half and he crushed it. But other than that, he was his usual self."
Johnson has enjoyed watching his starters, who are 8-2 with a 1.71 ERA while holding opponents to a .182 average with 103 strikeouts against just 22 walks.
"It's been outstanding. Six or seven innings putting up zeroes, low hits, very few mistakes. They're kind of competing against each other when they go out there - who's going to throw the better outing? It's been fun to watch," Johnson said.
Zimmermann (1-1) allowed one run and four hits in six innings, struck out six and walked none. It was his 29th straight start with two or fewer walks dating to his second start of 2011. Tom Gorzelanny pitched three innings in relief of Zimmermann for a save.
"You look at a 2.20 ERA when you are giving up two runs per game over 20 games, you are going to have nice results," Padres manager Bud Black said, noting Washington's overall ERA. "The two starters we've seen are legit."
Gonzalez allowed only two singles in six scoreless innings in a 3-1 win on Tuesday night.
Adam LaRoche had three hits, two runs and an RBI for the Nationals (14-4), who won their fourth straight and are off to the best 18-game start in Washington-Montreal franchise history. They've won all six series this year and eight straight overall.
Zimmermann also hit an RBI single in the second, when the Nationals jumped ahead 2-0 on three hits and a walk against rookie Joe Wieland, who was making his third start. LaRoche hit a leadoff double down the right-field line and scored on Rick Ankiel's one-out double to right. With two outs, Zimmermann singled to center to bring in Ankiel.
The Nationals added four runs in the seventh on four hits and two walks against three relievers. LaRoche hit an RBI single, Jayson Werth drew a bases-loaded walk and Wilson Ramos had a two-run single.
"We hit a lot of balls hard today," Johnson said. "This is a huge ballpark. At least three balls would have been way out in any other ballpark."
Wieland (0-3) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, struck out four and walked three.
"I definitely started better than the last two," Wieland said. "I was able to execute better. I got ahead of guys in the first inning and I got quick outs. That was the biggest difference from the first two."
|Jordan Zimmermann's four scoreless innings stretch the streak by Washington starters to 26, the longest in Nats history. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
New Era Washington Nationals Fitted Hat
$34.95 Shop Now!
|Ian Desmond, SS||3||2||1||0||2||0||2||.280|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||5||1||2||0||0||1||1||.222|
|Chad Tracy, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.167|
|a- Mark DeRosa, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.091|
|Tom Gorzelanny, P||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||1.000|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||2||3||1||1||0||2||.313|
|Jayson Werth, RF||4||0||0||1||1||0||6||.292|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||5||1||1||1||0||1||3||.290|
|Wilson Ramos, C||5||0||2||2||0||1||1||.245|
|Roger Bernadina, LF||4||0||0||0||1||2||2||.175|
|Jordan Zimmermann, P||2||0||1||1||0||0||1||.143|
|b- Stephen Lombardozzi, PH-3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.364|
|a-walked for Tracy in the 7th|
|b-grounded out for Zimmermann in the 7th|
|2B - Adam LaRoche (5, Wieland), Rick Ankiel (4, Wieland)|
|RBI - Tom Gorzelanny (1), Adam LaRoche (14), Jayson Werth (8), Rick Ankiel (3), Wilson Ramos 2 (6), Jordan Zimmermann (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Wilson Ramos 2 (4), Jordan Zimmermann (1)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Jordan Zimmermann (W,1-1)||6||4||1||1||0||6||1||1.33|
|Tom Gorzelanny (S,1)||3||3||1||1||0||1||0||5.56|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 82-54, Tom Gorzelanny 35-24|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 4-8, Tom Gorzelanny 5-3|
|Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 22, Tom Gorzelanny 12|
|San Diego Padres|
|Will Venable, LF-RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.263|
|Andy Parrino, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.276|
|Chase Headley, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.288|
|Jeremy Hermida, RF||3||0||0||0||0||3||2||.217|
|Micah Owings, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Huston Street, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Mark Kotsay, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.231|
|Yonder Alonso, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.217|
|Cameron Maybin, CF||4||0||0||1||0||1||1||.167|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.200|
|John Baker, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.143|
|Joe Wieland, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jesus Guzman, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.216|
|Luke Gregerson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Josh Spence, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Denorfia, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|a-singled for Street in the 9th|
|b-singled for Wieland in the 6th|
|2B - Will Venable (4, Gorzelanny), Yonder Alonso 2 (5, Zimmermann, Gorzelanny)|
|HR - Orlando Hudson (1, Zimmermann)|
|RBI - Cameron Maybin (5), Orlando Hudson (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Orlando Hudson (3)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Alonso-Parrino-Headley|
|E - Andy Parrino (1, Throwing)|
|San Diego Padres|
|Joe Wieland (L,0-3)||6||5||2||2||3||4||0||4.76|
|IBB - Bernadina by Joe Wieland|
|WP - Joe Wieland (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joe Wieland 98-59, Luke Gregerson 7-5, Josh Spence 8-3, Micah Owings 37-22, Huston Street 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Wieland 8-6, Luke Gregerson 1-0, Micah Owings 1-3, Huston Street 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Joe Wieland 26, Luke Gregerson 3, Josh Spence 2, Micah Owings 10, Huston Street 3|
|Attendance - 15154|
|Game Time - 2:39|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Lance Barrett|