SAN DIEGO (AP) — Juan Soto and Josh Bell homered against their former team, and the San Diego Padres clinched a much-needed win 2-1 over the Washington Nationals on Saturday.
Soto’s shot off reliever Steve Cichsk (1-4) sent the ball over the center-field fence in the seventh inning and proved decisive. Bell entered the game riding a streak in which he had gone 1-for-33 in just over eight games.
He broke the curse with his first home run as a player for the Padres. The ball landed 415 feet from home plate, beyond the wall between right-center field, to tie the score at 1-1 in the fifth act.
The Padres had asked for four of five games, including the first two of the series, mainly because of their weak hitting. Although San Diego scored only two runs this time, they were enough to support a good start by Joe Musgrove, who allowed one run and four hits in six innings, with seven strikeouts.
San Diego’s bullpen responded as well, whitewashing the Nationals in three innings.
Cuban Adrián Morejón (3-0) pocketed the victory by resolving the seventh and eighth innings in white. Dominican Luis García got his third save of the season.
For the Nationals, Venezuelans César Hernández 4-0, Keibert Ruiz 4-0, Ildemaro Vargas 2-1. The Mexican Joey Meneses 4-2. The Dominicans Nelson Cruz 4-1, Víctor Robles 3-0, Maikel Franco 1-0.
For the Padres, the Dominicans Soto 3-2 with one run scored and one produced, Manny Machado 3-0.
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