Wearing their 1936 Washington Senators throwback uniforms the Washington Nationals did something the old Senators rarely did: win. The Nationals beat the San Diego Padres by the score of 2-1 taking the third game of a four game series and the series lead going into the final game on Sunday. If the Nationals can win Sunday, it will be the first time the Nats take a series from the Padres in San Diego since 2001 when the franchise was known as the Montreal Expos.
It is the second game in a row the Nationals grind out a 2-1 victory over their West Coast opponents.
Starter John Lannan gets his fourth win of the season pitching six-innings of one run ball on six hits, walking two and striking out one. Todd Coffey and Tyler Clippard each pitched in scoreless relief and Drew Storen earned his 14th save of the season. On the offensive side of the ball, second baseman Danny Espinosa hit an RBI double and Wilson Ramos rounded out the scoring with an RBI single.
During the game a Padres Ryan Ludwick home run was determined to be foul and overturned by instant replay.
The Nationals move to 28-36 and remain entrenched in the cellar of the NL East.