By Michael Marzzacco
The Nats bullpen couldn’t hang onto a late 6-4 lead as the Padres scored two runs in the eighth and four runs in the ninth for a 10-6 win. Shawn Kelley and Jonathan Papelbon were the culprits in those late innings after a decent start by Lucas Giolito followed by a shutout effort by Matt Belisle, Oliver Perez and Blake Treinen. The three later pitchers shut down San Diego for 3 2/3 innings.
Kelly gave up the lead in the eighth allowing two home runs, just the third time in his career he had allowed two home runs in an outing on the mound. Giolito got the start and after retiring the first six batters he faced, gave up three runs in the third and couldn’t get past the fourth. Wilson Ramos and Daniel Murphy had three hits and combined for five RBIs. Ramos blasted his 14th homer of the season 455 feet into the last row of the outfield seats in left-center. The Nats had a 6-3 lead but couldn’t hang on.
The Nats will travel to take on the AL Central leading Indians beginning Tuesday night.