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SD 5, WSH 3: The Padres cannot stop hitting home runs

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The combination of good pitching and homers is a delicious recipe for victory.

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

So the San Diego Padres have now hit a home run in their last 20 games. The home run derby might have taken place in Petco Park with Wil Myers as the lone representative, but that hasn't stopped the rest of the team from participating in a derby of their own across the league.

Setting the stage for the win was Luis Perdomo. In what appears to be his longest start of the season, Perdomo threw 7 innings of pure 4-hit 2-run baseball. He struck out 3, and the only runs that were conceded were off a home run and an RBI-single. Brad Hand also gave up a HR, and the Nationals mustered up 3 runs for the entire night.

Meanwhile, on home run planet, Matt Kemp started off the night with a solo HR, his 21st of the season already. Melvin Upton Jr., another man in trade talks all around town, hit an RBI single in the 5th to tie the Nats 2-2 at the time. Then, Matt Kemp hit a 3-run blast that scored Upton Jr. and Ryan Schimpf and he never looked back.

Fun baseball was back for the day, after a miserable series in St. Louis. The Friars have now won 3-straight against the Nats, and will hope that Christian Friedrich can keep things fun going into the weekend.

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