WASHINGTON — The San Diego Padres hit back-to-back homers off Shawn Kelley in the eighth inning and scored four runs off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth to beat the Washington Nationals 10-6 on Sunday.
San Diego won two of three against Washington to earn its first series victory over the Nationals since May 2011. Ryan Buchter (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the victory.
With the game tied at 6, Wil Myers drew a one-out walk off Papelbon and moved to second on a wild pitch before Yangervis Solarte’s RBI single. The Padres added two more singles to load the bases, setting up Alexei Ramirez’s three-run double.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker then relieved Papelbon (2-3), who was booed after giving up his first runs since June 12. Papelbon had made seven scoreless appearances since returning from the disabled list earlier this month.
The Nationals led 6-4 entering the eighth before Alex Dickerson and Ryan Schimpf hit consecutive solo shots off Kelley to tie it. It was the ninth home run in July for Schimpf, a Padres’ record for a rookie in a calendar month. San Diego also extended a franchise record with its 22nd consecutive game with a home run.
Washington recalled top prospect Lucas Giolito before the game. The right-hander, making his third career start, gave up four runs and four hits in 3 1/3 innings.
San Diego starter Christian Friedrich gave up five runs and six hits in 3 innings.
Padres: OF Melvin Upton Jr., a possible trade deadline target for contending teams, was not in the lineup. “I think there’s a lot swirling around him right now, and it just felt like the right time to put him down and let him have a day of rest,” manager Andy Green said. “He’s available off the bench. There’s nothing, to my knowledge, imminent at this moment.”
Nationals: The team said RHP Aaron Barrett, who underwent Tommy John surgery in September, suffered a right elbow fracture Friday and will have surgery Monday. Washington optioned RHP Koda Glover to Triple-A Syracuse. Glover pitched two scoreless innings for the Nationals last week.
Padres: San Diego begins the final stop on a 10-game road trip when it opens a three-game series against Toronto on Monday. Colin Rea (5-4, 5.01) faces the Blue Jays for the first time.
Nationals: Gio Gonzalez (6-8, 4.53) starts Tuesday at Cleveland as Washington begins a nine-game road trip after playing 15 of its last 19 at home.
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