Pomeranz, Padres overcome 3 Nats homers to win 6-3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Drew Pomeranz allowed three solo homers but not much else, Adam Rosales drove in two runs and the San Diego Padres beat the Washington Nationals 6-3 on Sunday.
The left-handed Pomeranz (6-7) had lost four of his previous five decisions. He worked six innings, striking out seven and walking one. He allowed two homers to Michael Taylor and another to Danny Espinosa, and his ERA rose to 3.00.
Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 14th save in as many chances.
Taylor went 4 for 4 and was a triple shy of the cycle.
Gio Gonzalez (3-6) left after 5 1/3 innings and allowed with six runs (five earned), eight hits and four walks. He had three strikeouts and lost his fifth straight decision.
Melvin Upton Jr. had two hits and scored twice for the Padres.
With the Nats trailing 5-3, Daniel Murphy nearly tied it in the sixth but was denied by Travis Jankowski. The Padres’ center fielder, who had replaced Jon Jay after he suffered a right forearm contusion in the fourth, raced to the fence and made a leaping catch with a man on.
Taylor smoked Pomeranz’s first pitch for a home run. It was the fourth time Washington had a leadoff homer this season, three by Taylor.
Padres: 2B Cory Spangenberg (quad) will begin to run on the treadmill later this week after bunting during an abbreviated batting practice on Sunday. There’s still no timetable for his return.
Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (10-0) faces Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw (10-1) at Los Angeles on Monday in one of the premiere pitching matchups of the season. The pairing pits two of the top four pitchers in winning percentage against each other.
Padres: RHP Luis Perdomo (2-2) starts against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday as the team starts a six-game road trip. Perdomo is coming off a career-high, six-inning stint in Wednesday’s win over the Marlins.