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Padres comeback bid falls short, fall 7-5 to Nationals


MLB: Washington Nationals at San Diego Padres Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The Padres (50-37) scored four runs in the third and fourth innings combined to claw their way back from an early 5-1 deficit after two in Monday night’s game one against the Nationals (41-42). Unfortunately that spurt of momentum ended just about as quick as it arrived as the Nats scored a pair of runs late, including a solo home run by first baseman Josh Bell, which secured a final score of 7-5 at Petco Park.

The Padres got on the board for the first time when Trent Grisham took a pitch to the body with the bases loaded, sending Jake Cronenworth home. Ha-Seong Kim then double into left field to bring home both Manny Machado and Wil Myers. An inning later, Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a solo shot to left to push the Friars within one. Wil Myers then tied the game on an RBI-double.

Joe Musgrove got the start and struggled with five runs let up and only four strikeouts. Craig Stammen kept the Nats at bay before Tim Hill and Pierce Johnson let up the go-ahead runs through the seventh and eighth.

Game two is also scheduled for this evening at 7:10 p.m. Ryan Weathers (3-2, 2.63 ERA) will be San Diego’s starter on the mound while the Nationals have yet to announce theirs just yet.