Nationals Vs. Padres: Washington Loses Late Lead, Drops Series Finale, 2-1

Tyler Clippard allows two eighth-inning runs to score as the Padres rally past the Nationals.

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Nationals Vs. Padres: Washington Loses Shot At Series Sweep, 2-1

Davey Johnson's faith in Tyler Clippard came back to bite him Thursday night, and it cost the Washington Nationals a potential series sweep as they fell, 2-1 to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

With the Nationals ahead, 1-0 after a Jayson Werth home run, Johnson sent Clippard out for the 8th inning after the righty had struck out Nick Hundley to leave the bases loaded in the 7th. Clippard walked Orlando Hudson with one man out before Cameron Maybin reached on a bunted base hit and Mark Kotsay doubled into the right-center field gap to score both runners.

Huston Street allowed a two-out single to Adam LaRoche in the top of the ninth inning before Werth grounded into a forceout to stop the Nationals' four-game winning streak.

Edwin Jackson got the start for Washington and pitched 6.2 shutout innings, allowing six hits and three walks as well as striking out six.

The Nationals continue their West Coast swing this weekend as they face the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Nationals Vs. Padres Preview: Edwin Jackson Looks To Help Complete Washington's First Sweep Of The Season

For all that the Washington Nationals have accomplished during this young season, one of the few things they have not accomplished is sweeping a series. The Nationals have that opportunity Thursday night as they play the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

Edwin Jackson takes the hill for the Nationals, trying to erase the memories of his last start, allowing five first inning runs in a loss to the Houston Astros on April 19. Edinson Volquez takes the mound for San Diego, currently with an 0-2 record with a 4.30 ERA. His last start saw him take a shut out into the seventh, but then he allowed three runs and left without recording an out in the seventh against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 20.

On offense, the Nationals have been relying heavily on Adam LaRoche, who went three-for-three against the Padres on Wednesday night. LaRoche has hit .350 in his last five games against Padres. Ryan Zimmerman, diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder, was scheduled to work out with the team Thursday, but is not in the starting lineup.

The game is scheduled to start at 10:05 p.m. with television coverage on MASN2 and radio coverage on 1500 WFED AM and 1580 WHFS AM.

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Nationals Vs. Padres Final Score: Jordan Zimmerman Fans 6 In 7-2 Win

The Washington Nationals were able to pick up their second win of the series against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday evening. The Nats jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second inning when a Rick Ankiel double plated the first run of the game which was followed up by a Jordan Zimmerman single to push the lead to 2-0.

Zimmerman on the mound had a nice outing, pitching six innings, allowing only four hits and striking out six batters. The Nats piled on some runs in the sixth inning eventually pushing their overall lead to 7-2. With the win, the Nationals hold on to the best record in baseball and 5-2 on the road.

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Nationals Vs. Padres Lineup: Ryan Zimmerman Still Out Against San Diego

Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will be held out of Wednesday afternoon's game against the San Diego Padres, the third straight game that his has missed since last Saturday. Chad Tracy, who hit a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh on Tuesday to give the Nationals the lead will start at third base in place of Zimmerman.

The rest of the Nationals lineup is as such.

Jordan Zimmermannn will be going after his first win of the season after two no decisions including April 18 against the Houston Astros. In that game he pitched seven innings and allowed only one run. He will match up against Padres pitcher Joe Wieland who is currently 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA. His last start was on April 19 against the Philadelphia Phillies, where he pitched 6 innings and gave up only one run.

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Nationals Vs. Padres: Chad Tracy's Big Hit Helps Nats To 3-1 Win In Series Opener

Chad Tracy's two-run single in the seventh inning broke a scoreless tie and the Washington Nationals held on for a 3-1 win over the San Diego Padres Tuesday night at Petco Park.

Tracy's pinch-hit knock gave Gio Gonzalez his second win of the season after the right-hander pitched six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out six.

Xavier Nady led off the top of the seventh with a double to left field and Wilson Ramos followed with a walk. After Steve Lombardozzi sacrificed the runners to second and third, Tracy singled up the middle past the drawn-in infield to make the score 2-0.

The Padres got one run back in the bottom of the inning. Cameron Maybin led off the inning with a walk and Orlando Hudson singled off Craig Stammen. Tyler Clippard came in to put out the fire and struck out Yonder Alonso before pinch-hitter Andy Parrino singled to center. Jayson Werth bobbled the ball as he went to field it, allowing Maybin to score. But Clippard retired Mark Kotsay on a pop-up and got Chris Denorfia to ground to third to end the inning.

Washington tacked on an insurance run in the ninth as Wilson Ramos advanced to third when San Diego right fielder Will Venable lost the Nats catcher's well-hit ball in the lights. Ramos came around to score on pinch-hitter Rick Ankiel's broken-bat single to make the score 3-1.

Henry Rodriguez retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth to secure Washington's 13th win of the season.

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Ryan Zimmerman Injury: Nationals 3rd Baseman Will Have MRI On Right Shoulder

Washington Nationals' third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will undergo an MRI on his sore right shoulder, according to a report from Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post. Zimmerman has rested the past three days with what was initially believed to be shoulder inflammation but was later revealed as a sprained AC joint in the shoulder. But Zimmerman is still experiencing pain when he swings, and was once again held out of Tuesday night's game in San Diego. Manager Davey Johnson sounded alarmed but hopeful before the matchup against the Padres:

"I hope it's nothing serious, but we're going to send him to go get an MRI and make sure it's nothing serious," Johnson said. "We don't want to take a chance of aggravating that. I don't have a good feeling, I mean, he's had three days off, had treatment so it could calm down the inflammation - we thought it was inflammation. Hopefully it's nothing serious. We'll know after they take the MRI."

The results of the MRI are expected back sometime after Tuesday night's game on the West Coast.

We'll have plenty more on this series over the next few days here on SB Nation D.C., so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates as they become available. For more on this and all series for the Washington Nationals, please head over to Federal Baseball. For some perspective from the other dugout you can check out Gaslamp Ball, SB Nation's San Diego Padres blog. As always, you can check out the SB Nation MLB hub page for more on this and every MLB series.

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Ryan Zimmerman Out Of The Lineup As The Nationals Prepare For San Diego

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was a late scratch for Saturday's game against the Florida Marlins -- a 3-2 win for Washington. He was not schedule to play Sunday, either. The game, however, was rained out. With that said, Zimmerman was expecting to play on Tuesday, as the Nationals begin a six-game west coast roadtrip at Petco Park against the San Diego Padres.

As for now that doesn't appear to be the case, as he was not in the lineup for tonight's game against the Padres, according to the Washington Times. Taking his place at third is Steve Lombardozzi, who has eight hits in 18 plate appearances this season.

Here are the full lineups for both teams for tonight's game.

Nationals

Ian Desmond SS
Danny Espinosa 2B
Mark DeRosa RF
Jayson Werth CF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Xavier Nady LF
Wilson Ramos C
Steve Lombardozzi 3B
Gio Gonzalez P

Padres

Chris Denorfia LF
Will Venable RF
Chase Headley 3B
Nick Hundley C
Cameron Maybin CF
Orlando Hudson 2B
Yonder Alonso 1B
Jason Bartlett SS
Clayton Richard P

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Nationals Vs. Padres: Gio Gonzalez Opens West Coast Swing For Washington

Gio Gonzalez has thrown seven scoreless innings in each of his last two starts, can he keep that momentum going on the West Coast?

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