Nats Continue to Slide, Overpowered by Padres

WASHINGTON — Matt Kemp homered twice and drove in four runs, rookie Luis Perdomo pitched seven solid innings and the San Diego Padres beat the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

Kemp hit a solo shot in the first inning and gave San Diego the lead for good with a three-run homer in the fifth. He has six homers in his last six games and the Padres have homered in 20 straight, the longest streak in the National League this season.

Perdomo (4-4) gave up two first-inning runs, then limited the National to two hits over the final six innings of his longest outing. Brandon Maurer pitched 1 1/3 innings for his fourth save.

Jayson Werth and Daniel Murphy homered for Washington. The Nationals have lost four of five.

Tanner Roark (9-6) turned in his shortest outing since June 5, lasting just five innings. He allowed five runs on four hits and surrendered two homers in a game for the first time this season.

Both teams were warned after Washington’s Oliver Perez hit Brett Wallace with a pitch to open the ninth.

Washington pitchers hit three batters and San Diego hurlers hit one.

Wilson Ramos had three hits for Washington.

San Diego trailed 2-1 when Wallace was hit by a pitch leading off the fifth and scored on a two-out single by Melvin Upton Jr. After Ryan Schimpf walked, Kemp homered to center off a 2-1 Roark fastball for his 22nd of the season.

Murphy’s solo shot pulled Washington to 5-3 in the eighth.

Kemp made it 1-0 when he deposited Roark’s 3-1 pitch into the Padres’ bullpen.

Werth tied it in the bottom of the first with a liner to center for his 12th home run. He has reached base in 26 consecutive games.

Bryce Harper then walked, stole second and scored on Ramos’ single.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Joe Ross (right shoulder inflammation) will make a rehab start Sunday at Class-A Hagerstown. … LHP Sammy Solis (right knee inflammation) began a rehab assignment with Class-A Potomac on Friday night and pitched a scoreless inning. … 1B Ryan Zimmerman (left ribcage strain) went 1 for 5 with a two-run single and four strikeouts Friday night in his second rehab game with Class-A Potomac.

UP NEXT

Padres: RHP Edwin Jackson (1-1, 4.76), who spent 2012 with the Nationals, will make his second start since joining the Padres. He allowed three runs on one hit over 6 1/3 innings to win his San Diego debut on July 17.

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (10-6, 2.94) picked up a no-decision Sunday in an 18-inning loss to Pittsburgh despite allowing one run in seven innings. He has given up one run or less in each of his last four starts.

 

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