Nationals hit 4 straight homers in 8th to stun Padres 5-2

SAN DIEGO (AP) With four swings in the span of seven pitches, the Washington Nationals put on a stunning power display that made major league history.

Howie Kendrick, Trea Turner, Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon hit consecutive home runs off former Washington reliever Craig Stammen with one out in the eighth inning to lift Stephen Strasburg to another victory against his hometown San Diego Padres, 5-2 on Sunday.

The Nationals became the first team in major league history to accomplish the feat twice, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The other time was July 27, 2017, against Milwaukee, when Brian Goodwin, Wilmer Difo, Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman followed with long home runs.

Sunday's outburst surprised everyone.

''It's just one of those things. If you know how that happens, and how you can hit four in a row again, let me know, because we'll write a book and we'll be rich,'' Eaton said. ''That play is contagious, when Howie did it, then Trea comes up and does the same thing, and then for me. If you could say four home runs, I would never be in that mix anywhere, the first one, the last one, the middle, anything to keep it going. I was happy I was in there. It's a pretty cool experience.''

With the score tied at 1, Kendrick was pinch-hitting for Strasburg (7-3) when he started the homer parade with a shot to left, his 11th. Turner followed with a drive to center, his fourth, and Eaton's homer just cleared the wall in center, his sixth. Fans began booing then, and piled on after Rendon homered to right-center, his 12th.

Stammen (4-3) was the fourth of five Padres pitcher to throw on a ''bullpen day.'' He pitched with Washington from 2009-2015 and signed with San Diego prior to the 2017 season.

Kendrick's homer went 421 feet, Turner's 425, Eaton's 402 and Rendon's 391.

''Nobody expected four home runs in a row but we'll take it,'' Kendrick said. ''We take anything we can get and as long as we get a W that's what's important.''

Turner said it was exciting.

''I think we were pretty fired up when Howie hit his just because that gave us the lead and runs were hard to come by today. We were excited for that one but to do it three more times after that was pretty cool.''

Said Rendon: ''You don't want to be the one that doesn't hit the home run. It's just crazy. Glad we were on this side of it and not on the other side of it.''

Manager Dave Martinez said he ''liked the first one for sure, it put us ahead, then it was wow, wow, and wow. I was happy for Strasburg because he pitched an unbelievable game.''

Stammen said he thinks he became predictable and wondered if he was tipping pitches. He said there were a few pitches that he thought ''weren't that bad that they smoked.''

''It could be anything. There's many different reasons. That's never happened to me before,'' he said. ''I wish I could explain. It's not fun to go through. I guess you can say it happens but I'm going to have to figure something out and get a little bit better.''

What was going through his head? ''Stop giving up home runs,'' he said. ''This is what it feels like when you give up a home run: You want to dig a hole and crawl behind the mound and go in that hole and never return. Every time you give up a home run. So to give up four in a row, times that by four. It doesn't feel good. But it's your job to go out there and make pitches, go out there and execute your pitch, and that's what I was trying to do and I didn't do it today.''

Manager Andy Green said Stammen ''always pitches on the edges. I'm assuming these aren't on the edges today.''

Green said the only thing to do was ''trust Craig. He's earned that trust. ... you don't get the opportunity to see seven pitches in advance. You see it in hindsight. Nobody gets their bullpen up for that. Nobody starts going to the bullpen with their eighth inning guy on the mound after one home run and a home run off the next pitch.''

Strasburg held San Diego to one run and six hits in seven innings while striking out six. He improved to 8-2 in his career against the Padres and to 4-1 in five starts at Petco Park. He pitched at West Hills High in suburban Santee before pitching for the late Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn at San Diego State.

Strasburg said the home run derby ''was great to watch obviously, a lot of fun. You just try and keep the score as close as possible for the chance of that happening, and it did today.''

Luis Perdomo started for the Padres, pitching 3 1/3 innings of two-hit ball and allowing only an unearned run.

Rendon also drove in a run on a groundout in the first.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: 3B Manny Machado got a day off for just the second time this season.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez (1-6, 4.19) is scheduled to start Monday night in the opener of a two-game series at the Chicago White Sox.

Padres: Rookie RHP Chris Paddack (4-4, 2.97) looks to bounce back from two rough starts when he's scheduled to start Tuesday night in the opener of a two-game series at San Francisco.

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  • W: S. Strasburg (7-3)L: C. Stammen (4-3)
  • HR: WAS - H. Kendrick (11), A. Eaton (6), A. Rendon (12), T. Turner (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Eaton RF31111102.263.348.387.7357.0
A. Rendon 3B41121011.319.423.6381.0616.5
J. Soto LF40000021.283.383.502.886-1.0
M. Adams 1B40200000.252.282.477.7602.0
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G. Parra CF30000001.225.294.355.6491.0
Y. Gomes C40100001.230.305.317.6221.0
S. Strasburg P20000001.103.161.138.2990.0
a- H. Kendrick PH-1B21111001.327.364.596.9606.0
  • a-homered for Strasburg in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Garcia 3B40100001.254.343.369.7121.0
F. Tatis SS40100023.315.379.577.9561.0
E. Hosmer 1B41100011.281.328.446.7741.5
H. Renfroe LF40000012.243.296.602.898-0.5
F. Reyes RF41210010.248.300.558.8583.5
I. Kinsler 2B40110011.208.269.382.6511.5
A. Allen C30000011.250.333.313.646-0.5
L. Perdomo P101000001.0001.0001.0002.0001.0
R. Erlin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- W. Myers PH10000000.221.317.422.7392.0
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b- J. Naylor PH10000000.239.239.413.6520.0
C. Stammen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Diaz P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Erlin in the 5th
  • b-grounded out for Wingenter in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (10)
  • HR - T. Turner (4), A. Eaton (6), A. Rendon (12), H. Kendrick (11)
  • RBI - T. Turner (12), A. Eaton (16), A. Rendon 2 (43), H. Kendrick (39)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton, J. Soto, B. Dozier, S. Strasburg
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Tatis (6)
  • RBI - F. Reyes (33), I. Kinsler (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - I. Kinsler (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Tatis, H. Renfroe, A. Allen
BASERUNNING
  • SB - W. Myers (8), M. Margot (7)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Turner-Dozier-Adams; Turner-Dozier-Adams)
  • E - A. Rendon (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Kinsler-Tatis-Hosmer; Tatis-Kinsler-Hosmer)
  • E - I. Kinsler (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 7-3)7.06110603.361.0127.0
K. Barraclough1.00000105.631.673.5
M. Grace0.01110006.921.54-2.0
J. Guerra1.00000003.631.253.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 7-3)7.0
K. Barraclough1.0
M. Grace0.0
J. Guerra1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Perdomo3.12100003.431.007.0
R. Erlin1.21000004.131.272.0
T. Wingenter2.00001402.820.997.0
C. Stammen (L, 4-3)0.25440144.281.16-13.5
M. Diaz1.10000000.000.693.0
PITCHERSIP
L. Perdomo3.1
R. Erlin1.2
T. Wingenter2.0
C. Stammen (L, 4-3)0.2
M. Diaz1.1
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Strasburg (2), J. Guerra
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 104-72, K. Barraclough 22-14, M. Grace 6-4, J. Guerra 17-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 11-3, J. Guerra 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 26, K. Barraclough 3, M. Grace, J. Guerra 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Diaz
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Perdomo 31-22, R. Erlin 16-12, T. Wingenter 32-21, C. Stammen 23-17, M. Diaz 15-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Perdomo 6-4, R. Erlin 3-2, C. Stammen 1-0, M. Diaz 2-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Perdomo 12, R. Erlin 6, T. Wingenter 7, C. Stammen 7, M. Diaz 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Turner SS42211010.273.316.491.8078.5
A. Eaton RF31111102.263.348.387.7357.0
A. Rendon 3B41121011.319.423.6381.0616.5
J. Soto LF40000021.283.383.502.886-1.0
M. Adams 1B40200000.252.282.477.7602.0
K. Barraclough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Grace P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Guerra P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Dozier 2B40000012.230.317.420.737-0.5
G. Parra CF30000001.225.294.355.6491.0
Y. Gomes C40100001.230.305.317.6221.0
S. Strasburg P20000001.103.161.138.2990.0
a- H. Kendrick PH-1B21111001.327.364.596.9606.0
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  • a-homered for Strasburg in the 8th
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G. Garcia 3B40100001.254.343.369.7121.0
F. Tatis SS40100023.315.379.577.9561.0
E. Hosmer 1B41100011.281.328.446.7741.5
H. Renfroe LF40000012.243.296.602.898-0.5
F. Reyes RF41210010.248.300.558.8583.5
I. Kinsler 2B40110011.208.269.382.6511.5
A. Allen C30000011.250.333.313.646-0.5
L. Perdomo P101000001.0001.0001.0002.0001.0
R. Erlin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- W. Myers PH10000000.221.317.422.7392.0
T. Wingenter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Naylor PH10000000.239.239.413.6520.0
C. Stammen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Diaz P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Margot CF30000002.234.275.312.5872.0
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  • a-grounded out for Erlin in the 5th
  • b-grounded out for Wingenter in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (10)
  • HR - T. Turner (4), A. Eaton (6), A. Rendon (12), H. Kendrick (11)
  • RBI - T. Turner (12), A. Eaton (16), A. Rendon 2 (43), H. Kendrick (39)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton, J. Soto, B. Dozier, S. Strasburg
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Tatis (6)
  • RBI - F. Reyes (33), I. Kinsler (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - I. Kinsler (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Tatis, H. Renfroe, A. Allen
BASERUNNING
  • SB - W. Myers (8), M. Margot (7)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Turner-Dozier-Adams; Turner-Dozier-Adams)
  • E - A. Rendon (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Kinsler-Tatis-Hosmer; Tatis-Kinsler-Hosmer)
  • E - I. Kinsler (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 7-3)7.06110603.361.0127.0
K. Barraclough1.00000105.631.673.5
M. Grace0.01110006.921.54-2.0
J. Guerra1.00000003.631.253.0
Total9.0722070---
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 7-3)7.0
K. Barraclough1.0
M. Grace0.0
J. Guerra1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Perdomo3.12100003.431.007.0
R. Erlin1.21000004.131.272.0
T. Wingenter2.00001402.820.997.0
C. Stammen (L, 4-3)0.25440144.281.16-13.5
M. Diaz1.10000000.000.693.0
Total9.0854154---
PITCHERSIP
L. Perdomo3.1
R. Erlin1.2
T. Wingenter2.0
C. Stammen (L, 4-3)0.2
M. Diaz1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Strasburg (2), J. Guerra
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 104-72, K. Barraclough 22-14, M. Grace 6-4, J. Guerra 17-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 11-3, J. Guerra 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 26, K. Barraclough 3, M. Grace, J. Guerra 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Diaz
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Perdomo 31-22, R. Erlin 16-12, T. Wingenter 32-21, C. Stammen 23-17, M. Diaz 15-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Perdomo 6-4, R. Erlin 3-2, C. Stammen 1-0, M. Diaz 2-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Perdomo 12, R. Erlin 6, T. Wingenter 7, C. Stammen 7, M. Diaz 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Reyes grounded out to shortstop, Hosmer scored52
  • 8TH INNING
    Rendon homered to right center51
    Eaton homered to center41
    Turner homered to center31
    Kendrick homered to left center21
  • 4TH INNING
    Kinsler singled to center, Reyes scored11
  • 1ST INNING
    Rendon grounded out to second, Turner scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • M. Diaz Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Parra hit by pitch
    • Y. Gomes: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Gomes lined out to center
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Foul, Kendrick grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Parra out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Grace relieved Kyle Barraclough
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Hosmer singled to left
    • Javy Guerra relieved Matt Grace
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Hosmer to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Renfroe fouled out to right, Hosmer to third
    • F. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Reyes grounded out to shortstop, Hosmer scored
    • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Kinsler popped out to second
    • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Craig Stammen pitching
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gomes grounded out to third
    • Howie Kendrick hit for Stephen Strasburg
    • H. Kendrick: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kendrick homered to left center
    • Tr. Turner: Ball, Turner homered to center
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Eaton homered to center
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Rendon homered to right center
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Soto struck out looking
    • M. Adams: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Adams singled to deep right
    • Miguel Diaz relieved Craig Stammen
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Dozier grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kyle Barraclough pitching
    • M. Margot: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Margot flied out to right
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Garcia flied out to left
    • F. Tatis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Tatis struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • T. Wingenter Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Adams flied out to right
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Parra flied out to left
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • I. Kinsler: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
    • A. Allen: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
    • Josh Naylor hit for Trey Wingenter
    • J. Naylor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Naylor grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Trey Wingenter pitching
    • Tr. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Eaton walked
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Rendon struck out looking
    • J. Soto: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Soto struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hosmer grounded out to first
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Renfroe grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • R. Erlin Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Dozier flied out to shallow center
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Parra lined out to shortstop
    • Y. Gomes: Foul, Foul, Foul, Gomes singled to left
    • S. Strasburg: Strasburg grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Wil Myers hit for Robbie Erlin
    • W. Myers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Myers safe at first on 3rd baseman Rendon fielding error
    • M. Margot: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Margot flied out to shallow right
    • G. Garcia: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Myers stole second, Strike looking, Garcia singled to left, Myers to third
    • F. Tatis: Strike looking, Tatis grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Garcia out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • L. Perdomo Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Rendon grounded out to third
    • Robbie Erlin relieved Luis Perdomo
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Soto grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Adams grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
    • H. Renfroe: Renfroe grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Reyes: Strike swinging, Reyes singled to center
    • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Reyes to second on wild pitch, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Kinsler singled to center, Reyes scored
    • A. Allen: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Allen reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Kinsler out at second
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • L. Perdomo Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Gomes lined out to right
    • S. Strasburg: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strasburg grounded out to shortstop
    • Tr. Turner: Ball, Turner doubled to deep center
    • A. Eaton: Eaton lined out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • L. Perdomo: Perdomo reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Margot reached on fielder's choice to third, Perdomo out at second
    • G. Garcia: Pickoff attempt, Garcia grounded out to catcher
    • F. Tatis: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Margot stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Tatis struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • L. Perdomo Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Ball, Adams reached on bunt single to third
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier flied out to left
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Parra grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Adams out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • F. Reyes: Reyes singled to center
    • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Kinsler grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Reyes out at second
    • A. Allen: Ball, Strike swinging, Allen lined out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • L. Perdomo Pitching:
    • Tr. Turner: Turner safe at first on 2nd baseman Kinsler fielding error, Turner to second
    • A. Eaton: Foul, Foul, Ball, Eaton grounded out to second, Turner to third
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rendon grounded out to second, Turner scored
    • J. Soto: Ball, Foul, Soto flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Garcia grounded out to first
    • F. Tatis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Tatis doubled to left
    • E. Hosmer: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Hosmer flied out to center
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Renfroe struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)