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Punchless Padres have only 15 hits in last 5 games

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 7, 2014 at 1:02 am •  Published: June 7, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A bad offensive season for the San Diego Padres is getting worse.

In five games in June, the punchless Padres are hitting just .104 (15 of 144).

Tanner Roark pitched three-hit ball for eight innings and struck out a career-high 11, and Anthony Rendon hit a two-run homer Friday night to lead the Washington Nationals to a 6-0 victory against the Padres.

"It's a combination of a couple of things," manager Bud Black said. "We are not swinging the bats collectively very well. At times, you can look at the pitcher and say he threw a good game. Other times, it's on the offense, it's on the players. Their at-bats may not be up to their norm.

"You have to keep going through it," Black said. "You have to keep your nose to the grindstone and keep working. There is no magic formula to this. You keep working, you keep busting your butt in the cage, you keep watching video, you keep your confidence, you keep telling yourself you're going to have good at bats, you stay together as a team, you hang in there in the hopes that it will turn."

The Nationals won their fourth straight and for the sixth time in seven games.

Roark (4-4) beat the Padres 4-0 at Washington on April 26th, throwing a three-hitter for his first career shutout. He struck out eight that game, his previous career-high.

The right-hander took a one-hitter into the eighth before Rene Rivera hit a leadoff single and pinch-hitter Tommy Medica had a one-out base hit.

On Wednesday, Everth Cabrera bunted for a single in the first inning for San Diego's only hit in a 3-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Padres starter Tyson Ross (6-5) had a bad night. He walked Washington's Denard Span to open the game and then allowed Rendon's homer to left field, his ninth.

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