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Padres win 5th straight, defeat Nationals 8-3 in extra innings

The San Diego Padres used infield defense and timely hitting to take the series victory against the Washington Nationals. They’ll go for the sweep tomorrow.

San Diego Padres v Washington Nationals Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

All the defense

The San Diego Padres gave up three hits (!!!) in the first 9 innings of their 10 inning win over the Washington Nationals, although they did walk their fair share. The lack of hitting could probably be attributed to the team’s stellar infield defense.

Here’s Manny Machado doing his part:

And Fernando Tatis Jr. wasn’t far behind him:

Renfroe likes D.C.

In two games played in Washington, D.C. this season, Hunter Renfroe has homered twice.

In this one, he tagged Stephen Strasburg with both a double and a home run:

Lauer’s one mistake

Eric Lauer made it through 5 innings without giving up a run, but then made a mistake in the 6th against Juan Soto:

No. More. Kinsler.

After an 0-4 start yesterday, Ian Kinsler went 0-3 today before being taken out of the game on a double-switch. His batting average is now .141! I bet Andy Green starts him again tomorrow.

Ty France, who was presumably brought up to be given a chance to play 2B, is now 2-2 after getting yet another pinch-hit single. He’s yet to play 2B.

Greg Garcia, who took over 2B from Kinsler on the double-switch, walked in his first at-bat and hit a sac-fly in the 10th to knock in Ty France to break the 2-2 tie. That opened up the offensive floodgates for the rest of the team, giving them a healthy run differential in this one.