WASHINGTON (AP) — Ryan Schimpf hit a two-run homer and the San Diego Padres broke out the bats, beating the Washington Nationals 5-3 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
The Padres had only one run and six hits with 31 strikeouts in back-to-back losses in games started by Washington’s Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg to begin the series. San Diego bounced back by matching its season high with 14 hits, with 12 coming off starter Joe Ross (2-1).
NL home run leader Bryce Harper was among four starters out of the lineup for Washington. The game was delayed 1 hour, 20 minutes by rain.
Four relievers, including Kirby Yates (1-0), pitched 4 2-3 hitless innings following starter Jhoulys Chacin’s latest bumpy road appearance. Brandon Maurer worked the ninth for his sixth save.
Chase d’Arnaud had a two-run single and double for the Padres. Franchy Cordero singled in the third for his first major league hit and later doubled.
Daniel Murphy, Jayson Werth and Matt Wieters also did not start for the Nationals. All three entered as pinch hitters, but were retired. Washington opens a nine-game, 10-day road trip Monday afternoon in San Francisco.
Adam Lind drove in two runs. His RBI double in the fifth off Chacin pulled Washington closer at 5-3.
Chacin surrendered three runs on eight hits in 4 2-3 innings. He also had two singles and an RBI.
Ross, who allowed five in four innings plus three batters in the fifth, certainly had two tough acts to follow. Strasburg struck out a career-high 15 in Saturday’s 3-0 win after Scherzer fanned 13 in Friday’s 5-1 series-opening victory.
San Diego doubled the amount it scored in consecutive losses after just four batters. Following a two-out walk to Wil Myers, Schimpf hit his 13th homer of the season and second in the series.
Padres: RHP Carter Capps (Tommy John surgery) remains on track to face hitters this week, manager Andy Green said.
Nationals: Murphy missed the previous two games due to illness, Chris Speier said Saturday. Speier, serving as acting manager with Dusty Baker away this weekend to attend his son Darren’s high school graduation in California, did not meet with the media before Sunday’s game.
Padres: RHP Jarred Cosart (0-1, 4.50 ERA) faces the Cubs at home on Monday.
Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (4-2, 4.32) opens a three-game road series against Giants LHP Matt Moore (2-5, 5.28)
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