By Michael Marzzacco
The Nationals once again used their bats and got a good pitching performance from Joe Ross in a 7-5 win over the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego. Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman provided the offense with home runs while Ross struck out six batters in the win.
Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, a sacrifice fly by Anthony Rendon scored Zimmerman to tie the game at 1. In the next inning, the Nats took the lead. With Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper on base, Murphy knocked in a double to the right-centerfield wall to bring them home. Ryan Zimmerman followed with his 10th home run of the season, a two run shot off the warehouse in left field.
That four run third inning was enough run support for Ross, who went six innings allowing three runs on six hits while striking out six. Ross improved his record to 6-4.
After the Padres got a run back in the fifth inning, Daniel Murphy led off the sixth with an opposite field home run into the seats in left-center field, his 12th long ball of the season. The Nats added one more run in the seventh with an RBI single by Harper into right field that scored Michael Taylor and Washington took game two of the four game set with a 7-4 win.
The Nats and Padres meet again tonight in the third game of the four game series. Max Scherzer (8-4, 3.40 ERA) will take the mound up against Colin Rea (3-3, 5.37 ERA) with first pitch at 10:10.