Padres break out of slump with 5-4 win over Nats
Sunday, May 29, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ryan Ludwick had three hits and two RBIs, including a go-ahead infield single in the ninth, Brad Hawpe had two hits and two RBIs and the San Diego Padres beat the Washington Nationals 5-4 on Sunday.
With the game tied at 4 in the ninth, pinch-hitter Jorge Cantu broke an 0-for-13 slump with a double to right off Drew Storen (4-2). With two outs, Ludwick grounded a ball up the middle that bounced off shortstop Ian Desmond's glove for a hit. Cantu barely beat Desmond's throw home.
It was the first time San Diego scored more than three runs in 11 games, and gave them a series win over Washington.
Luke Gregerson (2-1), the third Padres pitcher, pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Heath Bell worked the ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances.