Harper's homer, Taylor's GW-RBI lifts Nats past Padres 2-1

WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor hasn't had many good days this season. He hopes Tuesday night's performance is a sign of things to come.

Taylor's one-out double in the ninth scored 19-year-old Juan Soto with the game-winning run in Washington's 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. He also threw out a runner at the plate for the final out in the sixth inning with the score 1-1.

''So happy for him,'' Nationals manager Davey Martinez said of Taylor, who entered batting .189. ''He's been working diligently to get his swing right. Before that, the throw he made home, incredible. This was Michael's day and I'm proud of him.''

Bryce Harper hit his NL-leading 15th home run of the season for Washington, which has won two straight after getting swept in a three-game series at home by the Dodgers.

San Diego's defense provided openings for Washington in the ninth.

Soto, the youngest player in the majors, reached base in all four at-bats in his second career start. He led off the ninth with his third walk. Wilmer Difo followed with a groundout, which third baseman Cory Spangenberg bobbled, allowing Soto to reach second.

Before Taylor's hit, he sent a pop-up into foul territory that first baseman Eric Hosmer could not track down. Then Taylor, who entering the ninth was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts while facing mostly fastballs, sent a change-up from Matt Strahm (0-2) off the center-field wall.

''Wrong pitch,'' Padres manager Andy Green said. ''(Strahm) shook the catcher three times to get to that pitch.

Sean Doolittle (2-2) struck out the side in the ninth.

Jeremy Hellickson held San Diego to one run and five hits over 5 1/3 innings. Franchy Cordero homered for the Padres.

Hellickson threw one pitch after Jose Pirela's one-out double in the sixth before exiting with a blister.

Reliever Wander Suero replaced Hellickson and recorded one out before surrendering Franmil Reyes' single to center. Catcher Pedro Severino fielded Taylor's throw and tagged Pirela at the plate, but the runner was initially ruled safe. Washington challenged the play and replay overturned the call.

''It's two different sides of the ball. I want to go out there and do whatever I can to help the team. Almost even more so when you're struggling at the plate,'' Taylor said. ''It doesn't raise my average or anything, but it definitely feels good.''

Harper's blast, his second in two games, went an estimated 433 feet to straightaway center. It was the only run allowed by Padres starter Eric Lauer over six innings.

Lauer, making his sixth career start, scattered six hits and struck out seven.

''I thought hands down it was his best outing,'' Green said. ''I'm really encouraged.''

STELLAR SOTO

Soto singled in the second inning but was picked off first base. He hit a three-run homer in Monday's 10-2 rout over San Diego and reached base six times in eight plate appearances over his first two career starts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: OF Hunter Renfroe (right elbow) was 1-for-3 while playing nine innings in right Monday for Triple-A El Paso. He's hitting .150 (3 for 20) during his rehabilitation assignment. ... C Austin Hedges (right elbow) also played nine innings for El Paso on Monday, going 0 for 3 with a walk in his first rehab game. ... Manager Andy Green said OF Wil Myers (strained oblique) has yet to resume baseball activities. Myers was placed on the disabled list April 29 and has played in only 10 games this season.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman, on the 10-disabled list with a right oblique strain, took 50 swings Monday, manager Davey Martinez said. .Rain and a lingering illness have prevented second baseman Daniel Murphy (right knee surgery) from participating in extended spring training, Martinez said.

UP NEXT

Padres: RHP Tyson Ross (3-3, 3.15 ERA) gave up a season-high five runs in six innings while taking the loss May 7 against Washington.

Nationals: Martinez did not announce the starter for Wednesday's contest before Tuesday's game. RHP Erick Fedde, currently with Triple-A Syracuse, is a potential spot start candidate.

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  • W: S. Doolittle (2-2)L: M. Strahm (0-2)
  • HR: SD - F. Cordero (7), WAS - B. Harper (15)
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  • a-fouled out for Stammen in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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B. Harper RF41211000.238.394.550.9447.0
A. Rendon 3B40100023.248.342.419.7610.0
M. Reynolds 1B40200012.455.5001.0451.5451.5
P. Severino C40000013.241.343.322.665-0.5
J. Soto LF11100300.500.6671.0001.6675.0
W. Difo 2B40000024.262.350.352.702-1.0
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S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Suero in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Pirela (12)
  • HR - F. Cordero (7)
  • RBI - F. Cordero (19)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Taylor (10)
  • HR - B. Harper (15)
  • RBI - B. Harper (34), M. Taylor (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Harper (9)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - T. Jankowski
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - J. Soto
FIELDING
  • DP - (Spangenberg-Pirela-Hosmer)
  • E - F. Cordero (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Taylor
  • DP - (Turner-Reynolds)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Lauer6.06112716.671.9315.5
C. Stammen1.00000101.901.013.5
K. Yates1.01000101.060.942.5
M. Strahm (L, 0-2)0.11111004.911.91-8.0
PITCHERSIP
E. Lauer6.0
C. Stammen1.0
K. Yates1.0
M. Strahm (L, 0-2)0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hellickson5.15111512.130.8910.5
W. Suero1.21000202.251.133.0
B. Kintzler1.01000004.301.432.0
S. Doolittle (W, 2-2)1.00000302.180.6311.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Hellickson5.1
W. Suero1.2
B. Kintzler1.0
S. Doolittle (W, 2-2)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Lauer 99-67, C. Stammen 9-8, K. Yates 16-11, M. Strahm 17-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Lauer 2-8, C. Stammen 1-1, K. Yates 2-0, M. Strahm 1-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Lauer 25, C. Stammen 3, K. Yates 4, M. Strahm 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 74-46, W. Suero 22-12, B. Kintzler 10-8, S. Doolittle 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 7-3, W. Suero 1-1, B. Kintzler 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 21, W. Suero 5, B. Kintzler 3, S. Doolittle 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Hosmer 1B30000110.263.361.469.8300.5
J. Pirela 2B40200010.266.325.349.6742.5
F. Cordero LF41111033.252.319.466.7854.5
F. Reyes RF40200022.208.240.333.5731.0
M. Strahm P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Spangenberg 3B30000001.187.228.347.5750.0
F. Galvis SS30000000.230.291.298.5890.0
R. Lopez C30100010.190.271.333.6040.5
E. Lauer P20000011.222.222.333.556-0.5
C. Stammen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Villanueva PH10000000.243.318.551.8690.0
K. Yates P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Szczur RF00000000.220.291.340.6310.0
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  • a-fouled out for Stammen in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS40100000.270.369.432.8021.0
B. Harper RF41211000.238.394.550.9447.0
A. Rendon 3B40100023.248.342.419.7610.0
M. Reynolds 1B40200012.455.5001.0451.5451.5
P. Severino C40000013.241.343.322.665-0.5
J. Soto LF11100300.500.6671.0001.6675.0
W. Difo 2B40000024.262.350.352.702-1.0
M. Taylor CF40110022.190.254.319.5732.0
J. Hellickson P20000000.071.071.143.2140.0
W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Adams PH10000010.252.360.579.939-0.5
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Suero in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Pirela (12)
  • HR - F. Cordero (7)
  • RBI - F. Cordero (19)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Taylor (10)
  • HR - B. Harper (15)
  • RBI - B. Harper (34), M. Taylor (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Harper (9)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - T. Jankowski
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - J. Soto
FIELDING
  • DP - (Spangenberg-Pirela-Hosmer)
  • E - F. Cordero (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Taylor
  • DP - (Turner-Reynolds)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Lauer6.06112716.671.9315.5
C. Stammen1.00000101.901.013.5
K. Yates1.01000101.060.942.5
M. Strahm (L, 0-2)0.11111004.911.91-8.0
Total8.1822391---
PITCHERSIP
E. Lauer6.0
C. Stammen1.0
K. Yates1.0
M. Strahm (L, 0-2)0.1
Total8.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hellickson5.15111512.130.8910.5
W. Suero1.21000202.251.133.0
B. Kintzler1.01000004.301.432.0
S. Doolittle (W, 2-2)1.00000302.180.6311.5
Total9.07111101---
PITCHERSIP
J. Hellickson5.1
W. Suero1.2
B. Kintzler1.0
S. Doolittle (W, 2-2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Lauer 99-67, C. Stammen 9-8, K. Yates 16-11, M. Strahm 17-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Lauer 2-8, C. Stammen 1-1, K. Yates 2-0, M. Strahm 1-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Lauer 25, C. Stammen 3, K. Yates 4, M. Strahm 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 74-46, W. Suero 22-12, B. Kintzler 10-8, S. Doolittle 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 7-3, W. Suero 1-1, B. Kintzler 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 21, W. Suero 5, B. Kintzler 3, S. Doolittle 3
  • 9TH INNING
    Taylor doubled to deep center, Soto scored12
  • 5TH INNING
    Harper homered to center11
  • 4TH INNING
    Cordero homered to right center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Sean Doolittle relieved Brandon Kintzler
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Pirela struck out swinging
    • F. Cordero: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cordero struck out swinging
    • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Szczur in right
    • Matt Strahm pitching
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto walked
    • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Difo grounded out to third, Soto to second
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Taylor doubled to deep center, Soto scored
  • 8TH INNING
    • Brandon Kintzler pitching
    • Christian Villanueva hit for Craig Stammen
    • C. Villanueva: Strike looking, Ball, Villanueva fouled out to first
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Strike looking, Jankowski singled to shallow center
    • E. Hosmer: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Jankowski caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Foul, Hosmer grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Kirby Yates pitching
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Harper grounded out to catcher
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Rendon singled to left
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • P. Severino: Severino grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • W. Suero Pitching:
    • C. Spangenberg: Ball, Ball, Spangenberg grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Galvis flied out to right
    • R. Lopez: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lopez struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Craig Stammen relieved Eric Lauer
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Taylor grounded bunt out to third
    • Matt Adams hit for Wander Suero
    • M. Adams: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Adams struck out looking
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Turner lined out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pirela doubled to deep left
    • F. Cordero: Ball
    • Cordero struck out swinging
    • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reyes singled to shallow center, Pirela out at home
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Lauer Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Reynolds reached on an infield single to third
    • P. Severino: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Severino grounded into double play third to second to first, Reynolds out at second
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Soto singled to right
    • W. Difo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • R. Lopez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lopez grounded out to second
    • E. Lauer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lauer struck out swinging
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jankowski struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Lauer Pitching:
    • J. Hellickson: Ball, Strike looking, Hellickson flied out to center
    • T. Turner: Foul, Ball, Foul, Turner lined out to right
    • B. Harper: Harper homered to center
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Rendon popped out to first
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • F. Cordero: Ball, Foul, Ball, Cordero homered to right center
    • F. Reyes: Reyes singled to center
    • C. Spangenberg: Spangenberg grounded into double play shortstop to first, Reyes out at second
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Galvis lined out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Lauer Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reynolds singled to left center
    • P. Severino: Severino flied out to deep left
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto walked, Reynolds to second
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Jankowski grounded out to first
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Hosmer grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Pirela lined out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Lauer Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • J. Hellickson: Ball, Hellickson flied out to shallow left
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Turner singled to shallow center
    • B. Harper: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Harper singled to shallow right, Turner to second
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • C. Spangenberg: Spangenberg grounded out to third
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Galvis lined out to pitcher
    • R. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Lopez singled to right center
    • E. Lauer: Lauer grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • E. Lauer Pitching:
    • P. Severino: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Severino struck out looking
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto walked
    • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Soto picked off at first, pitcher to first, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Difo fouled out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • T. Jankowski: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Jankowski grounded out to second
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hosmer walked
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pirela singled to center, Hosmer to second
    • F. Cordero: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cordero struck out swinging
    • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Reyes struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • E. Lauer Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Turner flied out to left
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Harper safe at first on left fielder Cordero fielding error, Harper to second
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • M. Reynolds: Foul, Foul, Reynolds grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)