Drew’s game-ending triple lifts Nationals over Padres 3-2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ryan Schimpf extended San Diego’s franchise-record run of games with a home run with a second-inning blast off Washington’s Max Scherzer on Saturday.
It was all the Padres would get against the Nationals.
Pinch-hitter Stephen Drew’s game-ending RBI triple off reliever Kevin Quackenbush in the ninth gave Washington a 3-2 victory.
Anthony Rendon opened the bottom off the ninth with a single off Quackenbush (6-4). Drew entered with one out and drove a pitch off the center-field scoreboard, and Rendon raced around the bases for the winning run.
“Both of those hits were hanging breaking balls in the middle of the plate,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “Stephen put a good swing on it. He hadn’t been on the field in six or seven days and comes out and has a great at-bat for them and wins the game. Obviously, Quack’ wasn’t trying to put the pitch right there, but it was there and he took advantage of it.
Jonathan Papelbon (2-2) allowed a leadoff double in the ninth before retiring three straight batters. San Diego left runners in scoring position in each of the last two innings.
San Diego, which has dropped five of six on its road trip, seized a 2-0 lead when Schimpf homered off Scherzer in his first at-bat.
“His fastball’s good, so I just tried to get geared up to get a good pitch to drive,” Schimpf said.
It was San Diego’s 21st consecutive game with a home run, the longest for any NL team since Atlanta went deep 23 games in a row in 2006. The Padres’ previous record was 14, set in 1998.
Starter Edwin Jackson allowed two runs and six hits over six innings.
“He gave us an opportunity to win the baseball game,” Green said. “He’s going up against Max Scherzer and goes toe-to-toe with him for six strong innings. I don’t think you can ask for much more.”
Travis Jankowski tripled with two outs in the eighth, but Nationals reliever Shawn Kelley ended the threat by striking out Wil Myers. Matt Kemp doubled to lead off the ninth but was eventually stranded there when pinch-hitter Brett Wallace popped out.
Schimpf’s home run was his eighth of the season, all of them this month. He is only the second Padre rookie ever to hit eight home runs in a calendar month; Jedd Gyorko also did it in August 2013.
Padres: RHP Tyson Ross (right shoulder inflammation), out since Opening Day, recently threw from 250 feet. “His arm feels really good,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “It’s still just taking time.”
Padres: LHP Christian Friedrich (4-6, 4.55) lost his fourth straight decision in his previous start, allowing four runs — three earned — over 5 1/3 innings during a 10-2 setback at St. Louis on Monday.
Nationals: RHP Lucas Giolito (0-0, 4.70), Washington’s top prospect, will be recalled from Triple-A Syracuse for Sunday’s start. The 22-year-old was demoted on July 8 following his first two ML starts.