After winning the first two of a four game set over the Padres, the Nationals fell in the final two games of the series.
On Saturday the Nats had a chance to take the series before squandering a 3-1 lead. Daniel Murphy singled in the first to score Michael Taylor. After the Padres tied it in the bottom frame, the game remained tied until the seventh. Anthony Rendon got an RBI hit to score Wilson Ramos. The Nats tacked on their final run in the eighth with an RBI single by Ryan Zimmerman to score Taylor.
The Padres exploded for six runs in the bottom of the eighth to beat the Nats 7-3.
On Father’s Day the Nationals dropped their second straight leading to a split in the series despite a two homer afternoon for Michael Taylor. Taylor homered on the first pitch of the game into the left field seats. The Padres answered tying the game in the bottom of the first and taking a 3-1 lead in the fourth. In the fifth, Danny Espinosa hit his 12th homer of the year into centerfield. Two batters later, Taylor hit his second homer of the day and his sixth of the year, to tie the game at 3.
That was as close as the Nats would get as they fell 6-3. The Nationals will continue their California road trip with a three game series in LA against the Dodgers beginning Monday night.