By Sky Kerstein

Livan Hernandez, whose last win came April 28th against the Mets, was hoping things would change against the National League worst Padres.  That didn’t happen as Hernandez gave up six runs on nine hits, including a Chase Headley two run bomb in the first, and only lasted five and a third innings.

Alex Cora got the Nats back in it in the bottom of the second when he hit a sac fly to center that knocked in Michael Morse but the Padres would score again in the bottom of the fifth when Chris Denorfio hit a slow roller between first and second and Morse tried throwing it at Hernandez who was covering first but Denorfio beat it out and Anthony Rizzo, who was making his MLB debut, scored making it 3-1.

Once again the Nationals would come back and make it a one run game in the top of the sixth when Michael Morse hit an RBI single bringing in Jayson Werth and making it a 3-2 game.  But in the bottom of the sixth the flood gates opened.  First a Brad Hawpe RBI single knocked in Chase Headley, then a Cole Kimball bases loaded walk scored Hawpe and finally a Logan Forsythe sac fly scored Nick Hundley and before you knew it, it was 6-2 Padres and that pretty much did it.

The Padres added one more when a Henry Rodriguez wild pitch scored Ryan Ludwick and the Nationals got one back on a Wilson Ramos solo shot, his fifth of the season to make it a 7-3 final in San Diego.  Livan Hernandez is now 3-8 on the season, he last 5.1 innings, 6 runs on 9 hits, but did have 4 strikeouts.  For the Padres, Aaron Harang went 6 innings, gave up 6 hits, 2 runs and 4 strikeouts raising his record to 7-2 on the season.

Michael Morse continues his hot hitting going 2 for 4, 1 RBI and raising his average to .306.  Jayson Werth was back in the line up after missing the past two games with a sore right ankle and he went 1 for 3 and scored a run.  Danny Espinosa played after getting hit on his hand while striking out last game and went 1 for 4.  Rick Ankiel went 2 for 4 raising his average to .208.  Jerry Hairston Jr. missed the game with back spasms.

The Nationals (27-36) stay in San Diego for game two of a four game series against the Padres and first pitch is set for 10:05 PM Friday on 106.7 The FAN.  Jason Marquis (6-2, 3.84 ERA) is projected to start for the Nationals as he appeals his five game suspension for throwing incidents against the Diamondbacks last Sunday.  Mat Latos (4-6, 3.94 ERA) is expected to be on the mound for the Padres.


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