By Sky Kerstein

Michael Morse went one for three, but the one was a big one when he crushed a fastball to the second deck in left field at Petco Park knocking in two and giving the Nats a lead they wouldn’t relinquish beating the Padres 2-1.  For Morse that’s his 10th home run of the season and he is now hitting .306 on the year.

Jason Marquis, who is currently appealing a five game suspension, had a solid outing going six innings, striking out five, walking three and giving up one run on three hits.  Marquis is now 7-3 on the season and the lone Padres run came off of a bases loaded walk to Ryan Ludwick that brought in Chris Denorfia in the 6th.  Tyler Clippard came in and pitched two innings giving up no hits, one walk and striking out three for his 15th hold of the season and Drew Storen closed it out giving up a hit, a walk and getting a strikeout in the 9th for his 13th save of the year.

For the Padres, Mat Latos also had a pretty good game, going six innings, striking out six and giving up four hits, which were the only hits the Nationals had all game.  Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth each went one for four on the night and Laynce Nix went one for three and was on base when Morse homered.  Ryan Zimmerman is expected to re-join the Nationals Tuesday in DC against the Cardinals.  Jerry Hairston continues to miss games for the Nats with back spasms.  The Nationals stay in San Diego for game three of a four game series against the Padres Saturday at 8:35 pm on 106.7 The FAN.


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