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Bullpen, defense fail Nationals in 7-3 loss to Padres

Bullpen, defense fail Nationals in 7-3 loss to Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Max Scherzer was gone by the time the eighth inning rolled around, and Wil Myers and the San Diego Padres made the Washington Nationals pay.

Myers had three hits and drove in three runs, keying a six-run rally that carried San Diego to a 7-3 victory over Washington on Saturday night.

The Padres scored their six runs in the eighth before making an out.

Myers, who homered in the first against Scherzer, tied it at three with a two-run double off Felipe Rivero that landed just in front of diving center fielder Michael Taylor. After Matt Kemp was intentionally walked to load the bases, Rivero fielded Brett Wallace's comebacker but bobbled it before throwing it wide of catcher Wilson Ramos for an error that allowed Jon Jay to score the go-ahead run.

Blake Treinen came on and walked Melvin Upton Jr. to bring in another run and pinch hitter Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run single before Derek Norris grounded into a double play for the first two outs of the inning. Alexei Ramirez then grounded out to end it.

"The eighth inning was fun," manager Andy Green said. "We haven't had many hits like the one Solarte had, that drops in. That really gives you a surge."

Rivero (0-3) was charged with six runs, five earned, and three hits.

"That's the first time our bullpen's given it up in a game like that in a long time," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said.

Kevin Quackenbush (4-3) allowed an RBI single in one-third of an inning for the win.

Before the Padres rallied, Scherzer had been in line for his fourth straight winning decision after striking out 10. But Scherzer threw 113 pitches, forcing him from the game after six.

"We got Scherzer to throw extra pitches early," Green said. "We got his pitch count up and that helped us later. Maybe he wasn't around as long as he wanted to be."

Scherzer credited the Padres' approach.

"They had a good game plan against me," he said. "They were able to go out there and grind some A-B's out and really play the foul ball game. They really seemed to have a number on what I was doing and lay off some pitches and foul other pitches off. I tip my hat to how they approached me. That was a tough game for me to go out there and continue to make pitches."

Kevin Quackenbush (4-3) allowed an RBI single in one-third of an inning for the win.

Myers, making a strong push to play in the All-Star Game in his home ballpark, stayed hot with his ninth home run in June. He homered to right with one out in the first for his 16th overall.

Myers became the third Padres player with nine homers in June, joining Greg Vaughn (10 in 1998) and Steve Finley (nine in 1996 and 1997). They are the most by a Padres player in a single month since Chase Headley hit nine in September 2012 Headley hit 10 that August.

It was Myers' 11th of the year at home, in the team's 39th home game. The most homers hit at Petco Park in a single season were 15 by Justin Upton last year and by Will Venable in 2013.

Scherzer got locked in after his first time through the lineup, getting eight of his 10 strikeouts from the third through the sixth.

Scherzer allowed four hits and walked none. In his previous start, he took a perfect game into the sixth inning of a 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs and struck out 11 in seven innings.

The Nationals broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh when Anthony Rendon, pinch-hitting for Scherzer, had an RBI infield single.

The Nationals took a 1-0 lead against Colin Rea after four batters. Taylor walked with one out, stole second and scored on Daniel Murphy's two-out single to center.

Rea allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two.


Padres: RHP Tyson Ross, on the 15-day disabled list since April 5 with shoulder inflammation, threw a 17-pitch bullpen, his first since his injury. Ross, who hasn't started since his opening-day assignment, will accompany the team on its next trip so he can throw another bullpen under the watchful eye of pitching coach Darren Balsley. ... Solarte wasn't in the starting lineup because Green thinks his swing is being affected by a bruised thumb.


Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-5, 3.96 ERA) is scheduled to start the final game of the four-game series.

Padres: LHP Drew Pomeranz (5-7, 2.88 ERA) has lost four of his last five decisions.

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Former Nats manager Jim Riggleman named interim manager of Reds

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Former Nats manager Jim Riggleman named interim manager of Reds

Remember Jim Riggleman, the infamous Nats manager that resigned from the position back in 2011 after a win against the Seattle Mariners? Well he's back in a managerial position.

Bryan Price was fired as manager of the Cinncinati Reds Thursday, after the team started the 2018 season 3-15. Riggleman, who spent four seasons as their bench coach, was named the interim manager to replace Price.

Riggleman was promoted to interim manager of the Nats in July of 2009, after Manny Acta was let go midseason. He stayed on as manager for 2010 and 2011, and he then resigned from the team on June 23, 2011 after a win agaisnt the Seattle Mariners. He had lead the team to a win in 11 of their last 12 games prior to stepping away.

The reason behind the dramatic exit was due to the organization not yet picking up his 2012 contract option. He had reportedly requested a conversation with the front office about his future with the organization, and was upset after they declined. At 58 years-old, he felt he deserved more respect.

He's been with the Reds organization since 2012, and has spent time managing the Padres, Cubs and Mariners, in addition to the Nationals. His career winning pct. with each team has been below-.500.


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Nationals fall after Mets score 9 runs in 8th inning

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Nationals fall after Mets score 9 runs in 8th inning

NEW YORK -- Yoenis Cespedes launched a grand slam during a nine-run outburst in the eighth inning that rallied the New York Mets past the Washington Nationals 11-5 on Wednesday night, preventing a three-game sweep.

Todd Frazier tied it at 4 with a two-run single and pinch-hitter Juan Lagares put New York ahead for the first time with a two-run double off ineffective setup man Ryan Madson (0-2).

Shut down by Tanner Roark for seven innings, the first-place Mets broke loose in the eighth and improved to 13-4 with a stirring victory against their NL East rivals.

Ryan Zimmerman homered twice, tripled and drove in four runs for the Nationals, who pulled off their own big comeback in the eighth inning of the series opener.

Two nights later, New York returned the favor.

Roark limited the Mets to two hits and left leading 4-2. Michael Conforto, Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera singled off Madson to load the bases with nobody out in the eighth. Jay Bruce fouled out before Frazier smacked a two-run single up the middle and advanced to second on the throw home.

After an intentional walk to Adrian Gonzalez loaded the bases again, pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores struck out. Lagares then lined a two-run double the other way, just inside the right-field line at the outer edge of the infield grass, to put the Mets up 6-4.

Sammy Solis walked Amed Rosario and Conforto to force in a run. Cespedes connected for his sixth career slam -- the third by the Mets already this season -- off A.J. Cole, sending fans into a frenzy.

Both of Cespedes' hits in the inning came on 0-2 pitches.

AJ Ramos (1-1) worked a perfect inning for his first win with the Mets since being acquired from Miami last July.

Howie Kendrick reached on an infield single for Washington in the first and Bryce Harper drew his 24th walk, most in the majors. Zimmerman, batting .121 at that point and struggling to make opponents pay for bypassing Harper, came through with a drive to left-center off Steven Matz for his second home run of the season.

Matz steadied himself after a 33-pitch first inning and retired his final 10 batters. He was pulled for a pinch hitter in the fourth after throwing 74 pitches.

Cabrera doubled to open the fourth and scored on Gonzalez's single. Zimmerman had a chance to start an inning-ending double play, but his throwing error from first base allowed another run to score on Jose Lobaton's RBI grounder as the Mets cut it to 3-2.

After Mets pitchers retired 16 in a row, Zimmerman's leadoff triple in the seventh got past a diving Bruce in right field, and Moises Sierra followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2.

Zimmerman also hit a solo homer in the ninth.