Reporting Byron Kerr
Nationals first baseman Michael Morse crushed the first offering from Padres reliever Mike Adams over the left field wall in the bottom of the ninth, lifting Washington to a 2-1 victory over San Diego before 21,024 Friday night at Nationals Park.
“I was doing what I always do,” Morse said. “I haven’t changed a thing. I am looking for a good pitch to hit over the heart of the plate. I got a good pitch and I didn’t miss it.”
Morse connected on his first career walk-off homer and has now hit a round tripper in four consecutive games. He says he hasn’t changed anything but does feel a difference in his mental approach.
“It is a mentality,” Morse said. “I try to keep it as simple as possible. It took me along time to understand that. A lot of work with (hitting coach) Rick Eckstein. He has put up with me for along time and he has got me believing in myself.”
Drew Storen got the win after allowing the game-tying homer to Jason Bartlett. John Lannan went seven and 2/3 innings and allowed no runs.
Danny Espinosa set a career-high with his seventh home run of the season. The solo shot in the fifth off of Clayton Richard, which gave the Nationals a 1-0 advantage, was his first non-multi-run homer of the year.