WASHINGTON (AP) — Greg Garcia hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in a six-run 10th inning, and the San Diego Padres beat the Washington Nationals 8-3 on Saturday to extend their winning streak to five.
Garcia’s first RBI this season gave San Diego a 3-2 lead against Wander Suero (1-3), who was charged with four runs. After a pair of walks loaded the bases, Justin Miller hit Manny Machado with a pitch on the left elbow.
Manuel Margot followed with a two-run single, and Hunter Renfroe hit a sacrifice fly. A second run scored when center fielder Victor Robles’ throw bounced off the glove of catcher Yan Gomes and bounced toward the Padres dugout on the third-base side. Gomes made a sliding grab in an attempt to keep the ball on the field, and crew chief Joe West originally sent Margot back to third, but after a five-minute video review Margot was allowed to score
Luis Perdomo (1-0) struck out the side in the ninth in his second appearance this season. Howie Kendrick homered off Robbie Erlin in the 10th.
San Diego ensured it would win a series against the Nationals for the first time since 2016. The Padres will try Sunday for their first sweep at Washington since 2008.
Stephen Strasburg struck out nine in seven innings, including the side in order in the sixth. He allowed four hits, including Renfroe’s go-ahead, two-run homer in the second. Renfroe’s second homer of the series was his sixth this season.
Juan Soto hit a two-run homer into the second deck in right in the sixth, his fifth homer this year.
San Diego starter Eric Lauer gave up two hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Nationals: 3B Anthony Rendon was out of the lineup. He went 0 for 3 with a strikeout on Friday after missing the four games with a bruised left elbow, sustained when he was hit by a pitch. Manager Dave Martinez said that Rendon was a little sore and that his absence had nothing to do with being hit by a pitch on his left leg in his first at bat Friday.
LHP Joey Lucchesi (3-2), who starts Sunday for San Diego, gave up one run in five innings last May 9 in his only previous start against Washington. Nationals RHP Jeremy Hellickson (2-0, 4.34) is 3-4 with a 5.40 ERA in 10 career starts against San Diego.