05/18 21:52 CDT Cabrera, Alonso lead Padres over Nationals
Cabrera, Alonso lead Padres over Nationals
By BERNIE WILSON
AP Sports Writer
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Everth Cabrera singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth
against Jordan Zimmermann, and Yonder Alonso homered and helped turn a heads-up
double-play as the San Diego Padres beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 Saturday
Zimmermann (7-2) was trying to become the first player in the majors to eight
wins this season.
Cabrera singled in Alex Amarista, who reached when catcher Kurt Suzuki fielded
his bunt and forced John Baker at second. Zimmermann tried to pick off Amarista
but his throw was wide of first baseman Adam LaRoche for an error, allowing
Amarista to take second.
Cabrera's hit made a winner of Eric Stults (4-3). The left-hander went a
season-high eight innings, allowing one run and four hits while striking out
five and walking two.
Zimmermann also went eight, allowing two runs, one earned, and seven hits. He
struck out six and walked none.
Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 11 chances. Street gave up
Chad Tracy's pinch-hit homer in the 10th inning of the Nationals' 6-5 win
Alonso sent a drive a few rows beyond the home run porch in the right-field
corner leading off the second for a 1-0 lead. It was his fifth of the season.
The Nationals had runners on second and third with one out in the third after
Suzuki walked and Zimmermann reached on an error when second baseman Jedd
Gyorko couldn't handle a low throw from Stults on a sacrifice attempt and the
ball rolled into foul territory. Denard Span then hit a hard comebacker that
ricocheted off Stults right to Alonso, who tagged the bag and then ran over to
third, where Zimmermann had joined Suzuki. Zimmermann broke to go back to
second and Suzuki was still off third base so Alonso tagged him to end the
The Nationals tied it in the sixth on their first two hits off Stults. Suzuki
hit a leadoff single to right, advanced on Zimmermann's bunt and scored on
Steve Lombardozzi's single to right-center.
San Diego's Chase Headley was caught in a rundown between third and home for
the third out of the seventh after he didn't see that shortstop Ian Desmond
made a nice diving stab at Chris Denorfia's single. Headley rounded third by a
few steps and Desmond threw to third. Headley broke for home but was tagged out.
NOTES: Nationals OF Bryce Harper sat out with a bruised left knee, the result
of his collision with the wall in right field at Dodger Stadium on Monday
night. He missed Tuesday night's game, pinch-hit Wednesday and started Thursday
and Friday nights. ... LaRoche singled in the seventh to extend his hitting
streak to a career-high 15 games. ... The series concludes Sunday with
Washington RHP Dan Haren (4-4, 4.76 ERA) opposing RHP Andrew Cashner (2-2, 2.84
ERA). ... The Padres activated LF Carlos Quentin from paternity leave and
optioned right-hander Brad Brach to Triple-A Tucson. Quentin did not play in
Thursday night's game against Washington and was placed on paternity leave
prior to Friday night's game due to the birth of his first child, Clark.