WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Nationals outfielder Xavier Nady's tiebreaking RBI single off Craig Stammen in the top of the 12th inning, right after an error let the runner get to third base, gave the San Diego Padres a 4-3 victory over Washington on Thursday night.
Nady, who entered the game in the ninth, hit a 2-0 fastball up the middle off Stammen (0-1), who was working his third inning.
Jedd Gyorko had singled off Stammen, then stole second and got to third when catcher Jose Lobaton's throw sailed into the outfield.
Alex Torres (1-0), San Diego's sixth pitcher, got two outs in the 11th for the win, and Houston Street worked around Bryce Harper's leadoff double in the 12th for his eighth save.
The game ended when Lobaton lined out to shortstop Everth Cabrera, who flipped the ball to second base to double off Harper.
The Nationals went 0 for 16 with runners in scoring position and left 14 men on base. The only 1-2-3 innings for Padres pitching were the second and 11th.
As both managers went deep into their benches, the Padres even briefly used pitcher Andrew Cashner in left field for one batter in the 11th inning before he exited as part of a double-switch. Cashner went in because outfielder Seth Smith came out of the game with a strained right groin.
Padres third baseman Chase Headley left in the middle of the second inning with a strained right calf. Headley flied out to center in the top of the second, then did not take his spot in the field in the bottom half, replaced by Alexi Amarista.
Through their first 21 games this season, the Padres never allowed more than one homer in any game. But that franchise-record streak ended Wednesday, when Milwaukee hit two in a 5-2 victory over the visiting Padres. And San Diego gave up multiple homers for the second game in a row Thursday, when Adam LaRoche and Danny Espinosa went deep for Washington.
A night after his RBI single capped a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels, LaRoche tied the game 3-all in the seventh Thursday by hitting his fourth homer of 2014. LaRoche drove a 90 mph, 1-2 pitch to right field off reliever Nick Vincent.
The Padres took a 3-1 lead on Yasmani Grandal's two-out, full-count, two-run double in the sixth. Washington got to 3-2 in the bottom half on Espinosa's line drive homer to left off Eric Stults. In his previous at-bat, in the fourth inning, Espinosa reached on his majors-leading sixth bunt hit of the season. He also singled in the eighth, but Tim Stauffer got him to pop out to shortstop with the bases loaded to end the ninth.
In the top of the ninth, Yonder Alonso walked, then tried to steal second and initially was ruled safe. But Nationals manager Matt Williams challenged the call, which was overruled on review; replays showed that Alonso's front leg was in the air as he slid and his foot didn't touch the bag before he was tagged.
Stults gave up 10 hits but only two runs in his 5 1-3 innings.
Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann allowed three runs and five hits in six innings.
NOTES: Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez felt "normal, after-a-start soreness" Thursday and would get plenty of treatment, Williams said. Gonzalez was pulled in the sixth inning after only 83 pitches Wednesday because his left shoulder felt tight. "I'm not concerned about it. I don't think he is, either, really," Williams said. "We want to be careful, but we don't think there's any major concern there." ... Washington RHP Doug Fister, on the 15-day DL with a back muscle problem, threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session Thursday and is scheduled to make his first minor league rehab start Sunday, probably at Class-A Potomac. ... Padres LF Carlos Quentin, on the 15-day DL with a bone bruise in his left knee, is expected to report to extended spring training in Arizona this weekend. ... On Friday, Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg (1-2, 5.33) will face Padres LHP Robbie Erlin (1-2, 4.15).