Szczur's RBI double lifts Padres past Nationals 2-1

SAN DIEGO (AP) Matt Szczur doesn't get many chances at the plate. So, he didn't waste his opportunity with the game on the line Wednesday night.

Szczur hit a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning and San Diego's bullpen pitched four scoreless innings to lift the Padres past the Washington Nationals 2-1.

Padres manager Andy Green penciled in Szczur against lefty starter Gio Gonzalez and it paid off.

''Andy has faith in me and knows I will get the job done when he puts me in there,'' said Szczur, who made his sixth start of the season and had only 37 at-bats coming in. ''I always appreciate that. It's good to get the job done, that's for sure.''

With the game tied at 1, Manuel Margot opened the seventh with a single - his third hit of the game - and stole second before advancing to third on catcher Matt Wieters' throwing error. Szczur doubled off reliever Trevor Gott (0-2) to the left-field fence to score Margot.

''I was just trying to get something good to hit,'' said Szczur, who turned on a fastball. ''I knew I had to get something in the air and I put a good swing on it.''

Kirby Yates pitched a perfect eighth, and Brad Hand got three outs after Ryan Zimmerman's single for his 10th save.

''Our guys were great and they have been great all season,'' Szczur said. ''They come in and dominate for sure and it's fun to play behind those guys.''

The Nationals, who had their three-game winning streak snapped, had the go-ahead run on in the seventh on Wieters' leadoff double. But Craig Stammen (1-0) struck out Moises Sierra and Wilmer Difo before pinch-hitter Matt Adams lined out to third.

Neither starter figured into the decision, although both pitched well.

Gonzalez, who threw 24 pitches in the first inning, worked six innings for the Nationals, allowing one run, five hits and three walks. He struck out eight.

''I worked my pitch count up because I wasn't being aggressive in the strike zone,'' Gonzalez said. ''Finally it worked.''

Joey Lucchesi, who entered with the top ERA (3.13) for rookie starters, pitched five-plus innings. He gave up a run and six hits with a walk and six strikeouts.

''He pitched well,'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. ''Then, Stammen came in and pitched well. I tip my hat to them.''

Lucchesi exited after only 69 pitches when Michael Taylor singled and Trea Turner walked to start the sixth. Stammen entered and got Anthony Rendon to ground into a double play. After a walk, Howie Kendrick flied to right.

''When you have an opportunity to win a baseball game and you got someone that can get a double play ball and get out of tough inning, we are going to go that way,'' Green said. ''Craig has proved that over and over again.

''But I thought Joey was really good today and we're looking for him to pitch for us for a long time. I felt good about what he did today and I can't ask for much more from Joey.''

The Padres broke through in the fourth when A.J. Ellis and Margot hit consecutive doubles to tie it at 1.

Rendon hit his eighth homer in the fourth to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead.

PICK ON SOMEONE ELSE

Lucchesi's nifty move to first base resulted in two Nationals being picked off as he erased Kendrick and Difo. It was the first time this season a pitcher has picked off two runners in a game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RF Bryce Harper got the day off to rest. ... LHP Matt Grace (groin) suffered a setback in his minor-league rehab assignment after throwing for Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday. Grace won't make his scheduled appearance on Thursday.

Padres: OF Hunter Renfroe (elbow) is hitting in extended spring training games, but hasn't played defense. ... C Austin Hedges (elbow) started a light throwing program. ... OF Wil Myers (oblique) hasn't resume baseball activities.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (2-3) starts the first contest of a four-game series at Arizona. Roark, who has lost two of his last three starts, has split his four career decisions against the Diamondbacks.

Padres: RHP Jordan Lyles (0-0) makes his season debut as a starter. Lyles has limited opponents to a .194 (14 for 72) batting average in his 19.2 innings of relief.

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  • W: C. Stammen (1-0)L: T. Gott (0-2)S: B. Hand (10)
  • HR: WAS - A. Rendon (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Taylor CF40100010.186.261.310.5710.5
T. Turner SS30000110.269.376.393.7700.5
A. Rendon 3B41211012.297.373.459.8336.5
R. Zimmerman 1B30200100.217.280.409.6893.0
A. Stevenson PR00000000.333.355.407.7620.0
H. Kendrick LF40100005.291.324.470.7940.0
M. Wieters C40100031.219.333.375.7080.5
M. Sierra RF40000032.180.232.220.452-1.5
W. Difo 2B30100011.278.377.392.769-0.5
G. Gonzalez P20000020.056.056.056.111-1.0
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T. Gott P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Solis P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Kelley P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-lined out for G. Gonzalez in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Szczur RF30110113.250.318.375.6933.5
E. Hosmer 1B30000104.271.377.488.8661.0
C. Villanueva 3B40000023.243.325.542.867-1.0
J. Pirela 2B20100210.262.325.336.6612.5
C. Asuaje 2B00000000.194.263.291.5540.0
F. Cordero LF40000024.261.333.489.8221.0
F. Galvis SS40100011.228.303.279.5822.5
A. Ellis C41200003.278.372.333.7054.0
M. Margot CF41310002.202.252.323.5767.0
J. Lucchesi P10000110.000.133.000.1330.5
C. Stammen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Headley PH10000001.130.259.152.4110.0
K. Yates P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Hand P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Stammen in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Wieters
  • HR - A. Rendon (2)
  • RBI - A. Rendon (8)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Szczur (2), A. Ellis (2), M. Margot (5)
  • RBI - M. Szczur (4), M. Margot (9)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - H. Kendrick, W. Difo (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - F. Cordero (4), F. Galvis (2), M. Margot (4)
  • CS - M. Margot (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Difo-Turner-Zimmerman)
  • E - G. Gonzalez, M. Wieters
FIELDING
  • DP - (Galvis-Pirela-Hosmer)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez6.05113802.221.3416.0
T. Gott (L, 0-2)1.02111005.681.42-6.0
S. Solis0.21001004.501.50-2.0
S. Kelley0.10000004.260.950.0
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez6.0
T. Gott (L, 0-2)1.0
S. Solis0.2
S. Kelley0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lucchesi5.06111612.981.2010.0
C. Stammen (W, 1-0)2.01001202.250.9512.0
K. Yates (H, 5)1.00000200.790.794.0
B. Hand (S, 10)1.01000202.551.0810.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Lucchesi5.0
C. Stammen (W, 1-0)2.0
K. Yates (H, 5)1.0
B. Hand (S, 10)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - T. Gott
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 110-61, T. Gott 8-7, S. Solis 15-8, S. Kelley 3-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 6-3, T. Gott 1-1, S. Solis 1-1, S. Kelley 1-0
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 25, T. Gott 5, S. Solis 4, S. Kelley
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Stammen (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lucchesi 69-45, C. Stammen 30-21, K. Yates 12-8, B. Hand 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lucchesi 5-2, C. Stammen 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Lucchesi 20, C. Stammen 7, K. Yates 3, B. Hand 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Taylor CF40100010.186.261.310.5710.5
T. Turner SS30000110.269.376.393.7700.5
A. Rendon 3B41211012.297.373.459.8336.5
R. Zimmerman 1B30200100.217.280.409.6893.0
A. Stevenson PR00000000.333.355.407.7620.0
H. Kendrick LF40100005.291.324.470.7940.0
M. Wieters C40100031.219.333.375.7080.5
M. Sierra RF40000032.180.232.220.452-1.5
W. Difo 2B30100011.278.377.392.769-0.5
G. Gonzalez P20000020.056.056.056.111-1.0
a- M. Adams PH10000001.304.421.7341.1550.0
T. Gott P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Solis P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Kelley P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-lined out for G. Gonzalez in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Szczur RF30110113.250.318.375.6933.5
E. Hosmer 1B30000104.271.377.488.8661.0
C. Villanueva 3B40000023.243.325.542.867-1.0
J. Pirela 2B20100210.262.325.336.6612.5
C. Asuaje 2B00000000.194.263.291.5540.0
F. Cordero LF40000024.261.333.489.8221.0
F. Galvis SS40100011.228.303.279.5822.5
A. Ellis C41200003.278.372.333.7054.0
M. Margot CF41310002.202.252.323.5767.0
J. Lucchesi P10000110.000.133.000.1330.5
C. Stammen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Headley PH10000001.130.259.152.4110.0
K. Yates P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Hand P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Stammen in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Wieters
  • HR - A. Rendon (2)
  • RBI - A. Rendon (8)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Szczur (2), A. Ellis (2), M. Margot (5)
  • RBI - M. Szczur (4), M. Margot (9)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - H. Kendrick, W. Difo (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - F. Cordero (4), F. Galvis (2), M. Margot (4)
  • CS - M. Margot (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Difo-Turner-Zimmerman)
  • E - G. Gonzalez, M. Wieters
FIELDING
  • DP - (Galvis-Pirela-Hosmer)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez6.05113802.221.3416.0
T. Gott (L, 0-2)1.02111005.681.42-6.0
S. Solis0.21001004.501.50-2.0
S. Kelley0.10000004.260.950.0
Total8.0822580---
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez6.0
T. Gott (L, 0-2)1.0
S. Solis0.2
S. Kelley0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lucchesi5.06111612.981.2010.0
C. Stammen (W, 1-0)2.01001202.250.9512.0
K. Yates (H, 5)1.00000200.790.794.0
B. Hand (S, 10)1.01000202.551.0810.0
Total9.08112121---
PITCHERSIP
J. Lucchesi5.0
C. Stammen (W, 1-0)2.0
K. Yates (H, 5)1.0
B. Hand (S, 10)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - T. Gott
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 110-61, T. Gott 8-7, S. Solis 15-8, S. Kelley 3-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 6-3, T. Gott 1-1, S. Solis 1-1, S. Kelley 1-0
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 25, T. Gott 5, S. Solis 4, S. Kelley
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Stammen (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lucchesi 69-45, C. Stammen 30-21, K. Yates 12-8, B. Hand 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lucchesi 5-2, C. Stammen 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Lucchesi 20, C. Stammen 7, K. Yates 3, B. Hand 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Szczur doubled to deep left, Margot scored12
  • 4TH INNING
    Margot doubled to deep left, Ellis scored11
    Rendon homered to center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Brad Hand relieved Kirby Yates
    • Carlos Asuaje at second
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Foul, Zimmerman singled to left
    • Andrew Stevenson ran for Ryan Zimmerman
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Kendrick flied out to right
    • M. Wieters: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Wieters struck out looking
    • M. Sierra: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Sierra struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Kirby Yates pitching
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Taylor flied out to right
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Sammy Solis relieved Trevor Gott
    • J. Pirela: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pirela walked
    • F. Cordero: Ball, Cordero reached on fielder's choice to second, Pirela out at second
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Galvis singled to center, Cordero to second
    • A. Ellis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Cordero stole third Galvis to second, Ellis fouled out to first
    • Shawn Kelley relieved Sammy Solis
    • M. Margot: Ball, Strike looking, Margot grounded out to first
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Stammen Pitching:
    • M. Wieters: Wieters doubled to deep center
    • M. Sierra: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Sierra struck out looking
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wieters to third on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • Matt Adams hit for Gio Gonzalez
    • M. Adams: Ball, Adams lined out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Trevor Gott pitching
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Margot singled to center
    • Chase Headley hit for Craig Stammen
    • C. Headley: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Margot stole second, Margot to third on catcher Wieters fielding error, Strike looking, Ball, Headley flied out to left
    • M. Szczur: Szczur doubled to deep left, Margot scored
    • E. Hosmer: Hosmer intentionally walked
    • C. Villanueva: Villanueva grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Hosmer out at second
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Lucchesi Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Taylor reached on an infield single to third
    • T. Turner: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Turner walked, Taylor to second
    • Craig Stammen relieved Joey Lucchesi
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Rendon grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Taylor to third, Turner out at second
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Zimmerman walked
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kendrick flied out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Pirela singled to left
    • F. Cordero: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cordero struck out swinging
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Galvis grounded out to pitcher, Pirela to second
    • A. Ellis: Ball, Ellis grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Lucchesi Pitching:
    • M. Sierra: Ball, Sierra lined out to left
    • W. Difo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Difo singled to right
    • G. Gonzalez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Difo picked off at second, pitcher to shortstop to first to first, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • M. Szczur: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Szczur flied out to center
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Hosmer popped out to shortstop
    • C. Villanueva: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Villanueva grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Lucchesi Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Rendon homered to center
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Zimmerman lined out to right
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Strike looking, Kendrick singled to center
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Kendrick picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Wieters struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Galvis flied out to left
    • A. Ellis: Strike looking, Ball, Ellis doubled to deep left
    • M. Margot: Ball, Margot doubled to deep left, Ellis scored
    • J. Lucchesi: Ball, Strike looking, Margot caught stealing, catcher to third, Strike looking, Strike looking, Lucchesi struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Lucchesi Pitching:
    • G. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • C. Villanueva: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Villanueva struck out looking
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pirela struck out looking
    • F. Cordero: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cordero struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Lucchesi Pitching:
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Wieters struck out swinging
    • M. Sierra: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Sierra struck out on foul tip
    • W. Difo: Difo grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
    • A. Ellis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ellis singled to center
    • M. Margot: Margot reached on an infield single to pitcher, Ellis to third, Margot to second on Gonzalez fielding error
    • J. Lucchesi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lucchesi walked
    • M. Szczur: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Szczur struck out swinging
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Hosmer grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Lucchesi Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Taylor grounded out to third
    • T. Turner: Turner grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rendon singled to right
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Zimmerman singled to center, Rendon to second
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kendrick grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • M. Szczur: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Szczur walked
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hosmer grounded out to first, Szczur to second
    • C. Villanueva: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Villanueva struck out swinging
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pirela walked
    • F. Cordero: Ball, Ball, Foul, Cordero grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)