SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Nearly two months into the season, the San Diego Padres have yet to win three straight games.
That will change if they can beat the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night."One more. Let's get one more," Adrian Gonzalez said after he and Kevin Kouzmanoff homered on consecutive pitches with two outs in the seventh inning to give the Padres a 4-2 win over the Nationals on Tuesday night in a matchup of last-place teams."Let's get some of kind of winning streak and see if we can build on that," Gonzalez said. "It's good to get two in a row. Let's go out there tomorrow and have the same intensity and excitement and hopefully we can get something rolling."The worst team in the NL, the Padres (20-33) have won consecutive games only four times this season.Gonzalez's opposite-field shot to left on an 0-1 pitch from Charlie Manning (0-1) was his 10th homer in May and 15th overall. He hit a three-run shot with two outs in the 18th inning on Sunday to give the Padres a 12-9 win over Cincinnati.Wily Mo Pena leaped vainly for the ball."I thought he might have had it but he never pulled it out of his glove or anything so I figured it was a home run," Gonzalez said.Gonzalez has four homers in the last six games. He's driven in 25 runs this month."I tried to get the ball in on him and the ball stayed up in the zone," Manning said. "I made a mistake and paid for it."After Gonzalez's homer chased Manning, Kouzmanoff hit Joel Hanrahan's first pitch into the first row of the second deck in left-center. It was Kouzmanoff's eighth overall and fifth in seven games. He homered twice Sunday."I think winning on Sunday was obviously a big win going into the off day because that would have been a little tough to swallow," manager Bud Black said. "Our guys come to play every day, but I think there was a little better feeling today after Sunday's win."It was the second time this season the Padres hit consecutive homers. Kouzmanoff and Khalil Greene did it Thursday night in an 8-2 win over Cincinnati, when the Padres hit four homers.Heath Bell (1-3) retired four batters for the win. Trevor Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save in 12 chances, extending his major league career record to 534.Washington's Aaron Boone hit a two-run homer to left with one out in the first, his fifth. Cristian Guzman was aboard on a double.San Diego tied it on Michael Barrett's two-run single to left-center after Shawn Hill walked the bases full with two outs. Paul McAnulty walked after Barrett's single to load the bases again, but pitcher Randy Wolf struck out to end the threat."We're just not scoring enough," manager Manny Acta said. "We started early, swung the bats well and scored two runs. After that we couldn't do anything."Wolf allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out five and walked none.Hill got a no-decision, remaining winless in seven starts this season and in his last nine dating to September."At first he was having a tough time finding a rhythm," Acta said of Hill. "He felt like he was yanking his pitches and was struggling with his control."
The Padres have won 23 of 29 against the Nationals dating to 2003, when they were still the Montreal Expos. ... Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman sat out his second straight game because of a sore left shoulder. "I wish I could be out there, but for the long run, it's better to take a few days off," he said. Acta said Zimmerman was available to come off the bench, if needed. ... Black said RHP Josh Banks is penciled in to start Saturday at San Francisco. Banks got his first big league win on Sunday when he pitched six scoreless innings of relief in San Diego's 12-9, 18-inning win over Cincinnati. ... Padres ace Jake Peavy, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, played catch and took batting practice on Tuesday, his first baseball activity since going on the disabled list with a sore right elbow.