SAN DIEGO (AP) — Andrew Cashner was back on the mound for the San Diego Padres, who found just enough offense late in the game to beat the Washington Nationals.
Yonder Alonso homered with two outs in the ninth inning to tie the game and Cameron Maybin hit an RBI bloop single with two outs in the 11th to give the Padres a 4-3 victory Saturday night.
Chase Headley started the winning rally when he singled to left with two outs off Craig Stammen (0-2). Alonso walked before Maybin singled in front of right-fielder Jayson Werth. Headley easily beat the throw home.
"I managed to get just enough bat on it," Maybin said. "It feels real great. We're grinding, man. It was bigger to get a win tonight. We've been scuffling but we've been battling every night. For me it was huge because we have a chance to win the series tomorrow."
Joaquin Benoit (2-0) pitched a perfect 11th for the win.
Alonso tied the game at 3 in the ninth when he homered into the Jack Daniel's party deck atop the right-field wall on a 1-1 pitch from Rafael Soriano. It was Alonso's fifth homer and Soriano's second blown save in 14 opportunities.
Alonso's shot denied Washington rookie Blake Treinen his first big league win. Treinen was on track for the win after Ian Desmond hit a 432-foot, two-run home run with two outs in the seventh inning to give the Nationals a 3-2 lead.
Cashner left with a 2-0 lead after six innings in his return from the disabled list. The tall Texan allowed only two hits, struck out five and walked one on 70 pitches. Out since mid-May with a sore right elbow, Cashner retired his final 16 batters and lowered his ERA to 2.13.
"It's good having him back out there," Maybin said. "He's a bulldog. We're confident whenever that guy's out there."
Cashner got in trouble in the first inning when the Nationals had runners on second and third with one out. But catcher Rene Rivera threw out Kevin Frandsen when he strayed too far off third and Ryan Zimmerman forced Adam LaRoche at second to end the inning.
"It was fun to get back," Cashner said. "First inning there was a little trouble, but it was a big throw by Rene getting that out there. I think my fastball had the most movement I've had in a long time."