Left-hander Mackenzie Gore made the winning return to San Diego, and Jaimer Candelario and Joey Meneses drove in three runs each as the visitors hit. washington nationals defeated padres 8-3 in the rubber match of the three-match series on Sunday
After pinch hitter Gary Sanchez struck out with the bases loaded to end the bottom of the sixth, Washington committed two throwing errors. padres relieved Tim Hill for five unearned runs in the top of the seventh
Candelario and Meneses each had a two-run double during the deciding seventh.
Gore (4-6) ended a streak of five individual decision losses. He allowed one run on five hits and two walks with nine strikeouts in five innings.
Gore, who moved to Washington as soon as he started citizens Shortstop CJ Abrams sent Juan Soto in that trade last August. padresset a citizens He set a franchise record by striking out the first six batters he faced to start the game.
citizens took a 1–0 lead in the top of the first when Candelario hit his 10th homer of the season into the right center off stands. padres Starter Seth Lugo. padres The game remained tied in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out RBI single by Fernando Tatis Jr.
Washington opened the top of the sixth with three consecutive singles, including a run-scoring base hit from Meneses. Candelario then scored on pinch hitter Stone Garrett’s sacrifice fly to right. Lugo (3-4) allowed three runs on seven hits, with four strikeouts and no walks over five innings.
With one out in the top of the seventh, Derek Hill hit a returner to Tim Hill, whose throw pulled first baseman Jake Cronenworth off the bag. Tim Hill then hit Abrams with a pitch before Len Thomas’s RBI single made the score 4–1. Tim Hill then grounded out to comebacker Luis Garcia and made a wild throw to first, loading the bases again.
Candelario doubled to right center, scoring Abrams and Thomas. Meneses doubled to left that scored Garcia and Candelario.
Ha-seong Kim led off the bottom of the seventh with a homer off Jordan Weems. San Diego scored the final run in the ninth after Brandon Dixon’s double and Soto’s two RBI single.
–Field Level Media