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Former Nat Nady gets decisive hit in 12th for Padres

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WASHINGTON -- By the time the 12th inning rolled around, the San Diego Padres were without third baseman Chase Headley -- his strained calf could send him to the disabled list -- and left fielder Seth Smith, who hurt a groin muscle.

The Padres were on their way to using a total of 20 players, including seven pitchers. Well, seven on the mound, and one in left field. Andrew Cashner briefly filled in for Smith before manager Bud Black made a double-switch.

So it was quite a relief when Xavier Nady delivered a tiebreaking RBI single off Craig Stammen in the top of the 12th to give San Diego a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.

"This was an interesting one, for sure," Black said. "This was one where you really had to be creative as it went along."

Nady, who entered the game in right field in the ninth, bounced a 2-0 fastball up the middle off Stammen (0-1), who was working his third inning.

"I'm the last man standing. Whatever happens, happens. I've got to live with it," Stammen said. "I left it up a little bit, but he put it in a good spot."

Jedd Gyorko singled, stole second and got to third when catcher Jose Lobaton's throw sailed into the outfield for an error, then scored on Nady's hit.

"As soon as I threw the ball," Lobaton said, gritting his teeth, "I was like, `Ah, that was a bad throw.'"

Alex Torres (1-0) got two outs in the 11th for the win, and Houston Street worked around Bryce Harper's leadoff double in the 12th for his eighth save. The game ended when Lobaton lined out to shortstop Everth Cabrera, who flipped the ball to second base to double off Harper.

"It was sort of ironic that we were sort of worried about Harper stealing third," Black explained, "and so we tried to keep Cabby a little bit tighter to Harper, and sure enough the ball was hit in the hole."

The Nationals went 0 for 16 with runners in scoring position and left 14 men on base. The only 1-2-3 innings for Padres pitching were the second and 11th.

"There's just something in you, when your back's against the wall a little bit, you've got to reach back and really give your best shot and throw your best pitches," said Tim Stauffer, who threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Eric Stults. "I think as a whole we were able to do that today."

Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa said: "It's easy to press. You want to come through for your team."

He hit a solo homer in the sixth, and Adam LaRoche added one in the seventh to help Washington pull even after trailing 3-1.

But the Padres never did let the Nationals go ahead from there.

Headley left in the middle of the second inning, and Black said: "That looks as though that's probably going to be a DL."

Smith departed in the 11th but the manager didn't think his problem will send him to the disabled list.

In the top of the ninth, San Diego's Yonder Alonso walked, then tried to steal second and initially was ruled safe. But Nationals manager Matt Williams challenged the call, which was overruled on review; replays showed that Alonso's front leg was in the air as he slid and his foot didn't touch the bag before he was tagged.

Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann allowed three runs and five hits in six innings.

Stults gave up 10 hits but only two runs in his 5 1-3 innings.

"When I was done," Stults said, "it seemed like I kind of pitched yesterday."

Notes

Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez felt "normal, after-a-start soreness" Thursday and would get plenty of treatment, Williams said. Gonzalez was pulled in the sixth inning after only 83 pitches Wednesday because his left shoulder felt tight. "I'm not concerned about it. I don't think he is, either, really," Williams said. "We want to be careful, but we don't think there's any major concern there." ... Washington RHP Doug Fister, on the 15-day DL with a back muscle problem, threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session Thursday and is scheduled to make his first minor league rehab start Sunday, probably at Class-A Potomac. ... Padres LF Carlos Quentin, on the 15-day DL with a bone bruise in his left knee, is expected to report to extended spring training in Arizona this weekend. ... On Friday, Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg (1-2, 5.33) will face Padres LHP Robbie Erlin (1-2, 4.15).

 
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San Diego's Xavier Nady comes through for the Padres in the 12th inning with an RBI single, sinking the Nationals.  (USATSI)
San Diego's Xavier Nady comes through for the Padres in the 12th inning with an RBI single, sinking the Nationals. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
San Diego

Y. Grandal
AB 5
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Washington

D. Espinosa
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Everth Cabrera, SS6010002 .297
Chris Denorfia, RF-CF5120002 .333
Seth Smith, LF3111200 .277
   Andrew Cashner, LF0000000 .222
   Alex Torres, P0000000 .000
   Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Yasmani Grandal, C5012021 .250
Chase Headley, 3B1000000 .186
   Alexi Amarista, 3B4000024 .220
Yonder Alonso, 1B4000110 .198
Jedd Gyorko, 2B5110020 .139
Will Venable, CF3000100 .203
   Tim Stauffer, P0000000 .000
   Tommy Medica, LF1000011 .143
Eric Stults, P2110010 .200
   Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
   a-Nick Hundley, PH1000001 .320
   Nick Vincent, P0000000 .000
   Joaquin Benoit, P0000000 .000
   Xavier Nady, RF2011000 .192
Totals4248449  
a-flied out for Thayer in the 7th
Batting
2B - Seth Smith (4, Zimmermann), Yasmani Grandal (2, Zimmermann), Eric Stults (1, Zimmermann)
RBI - Seth Smith (7), Yasmani Grandal 2 (5), Xavier Nady (4)
2-OUT RBI - Yasmani Grandal 2 (3), Xavier Nady (1)
SB - Jedd Gyorko (2, 3rd base off Stammen/Lobaton)
CS - Yonder Alonso (1, 2nd base by Soriano/Lobaton)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Gyorko
E - Eric Stults (2, Throwing)
PB - Yasmani Grandal (2)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eric Stults 5.11022031 4.15
Dale Thayer (H,4) 0.2100000 0.77
Nick Vincent (BS,1) 1111001 1.64
Joaquin Benoit 1100020 2.08
Tim Stauffer 2.1200230 2.31
Alex Torres (W,1-0) 0.2000010 0.93
Huston Street (S,8) 1100010 1.00
IBB - Harper by Tim Stauffer
WP - Joaquin Benoit (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Stults 90-62, Dale Thayer 11-8, Nick Vincent 9-8, Joaquin Benoit 13-9, Tim Stauffer 48-26, Alex Torres 13-7, Huston Street 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Stults 7-6, Dale Thayer 2-0, Nick Vincent 1-2, Tim Stauffer 1-3, Alex Torres 1-0
Batters Faced - Eric Stults 26, Dale Thayer 3, Nick Vincent 4, Joaquin Benoit 4, Tim Stauffer 11, Alex Torres 2, Huston Street 3
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF6130013 .238
Anthony Rendon, 3B-2B5001015 .275
Jayson Werth, RF6030001 .265
Adam LaRoche, 1B6121024 .316
Ian Desmond, SS5000114 .200
Bryce Harper, LF5020100 .272
Danny Espinosa, 2B5131003 .317
   Craig Stammen, P0000000 .000
   a-Tyler Moore, PH1000011 .176
Jose Lobaton, C6020024 .250
Jordan Zimmermann, P2010002 .375
   b-Kevin Frandsen, PH1000001 .269
   Jerry Blevins, P0000000 .000
   Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
   c-Nate McLouth, PH1000011 .069
   Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
   Zach Walters, 3B1000011 .200
Totals503163210  
a-struck out for Stammen in the 12th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Zimmermann in the 6th
c-struck out for Clippard in the 8th
Batting
2B - Bryce Harper (4, Street), Jose Lobaton (4, Stauffer)
HR - Adam LaRoche (4, Vincent), Danny Espinosa (2, Stults)
SF - Anthony Rendon (1)
RBI - Anthony Rendon (15), Adam LaRoche (13), Danny Espinosa (4)
SB - Denard Span (2, 3rd base off Stults/Grandal), Jayson Werth (3, 2nd base off Stults/Grandal)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Desmond-Espinosa-LaRoche
E - Jose Lobaton (1, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Zimmermann 6533150 4.05
Jerry Blevins 1000110 3.48
Tyler Clippard 1100100 3.38
Rafael Soriano 1000100 0.00
Craig Stammen (L,0-1) 3211030 4.40
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 91-60, Jerry Blevins 19-11, Tyler Clippard 16-8, Rafael Soriano 17-10, Craig Stammen 45-32
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 7-5, Craig Stammen 5-1
Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 23, Jerry Blevins 4, Tyler Clippard 5, Rafael Soriano 3, Craig Stammen 11
Game Information
Attendance - 22904
Game Time - 4:14
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Cory Blaser, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Marvin Hudson