Adams leads the march against Padres

San Diego: Trea Turner and Stephen Strasburg had done enough to give the Washington Nationals the lead against the San Diego Padres when Matt Adams broke the game open with two majestic home runs.

Adams connected in consecutive innings, Turner went deep in his first at-bat at Petco Park and Strasburg beat his hometown team again, leading the Nationals to an 8-5 victory Monday night.

Adams hit a towering, two-run drive to right field off Tyson Ross in the four-run sixth and a three-run shot to right-center in the seventh off Matt Strahm for an 8-2 lead. He has 10 homers this year. It was his seventh career multihomer game and second in a week after he went deep twice against Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

“It’s huge,” Adams said. “We go out there and we play the game hard. For me to be able to contribute the way that I’m doing, it means a lot. I think it also means a lot the way the team has bounced back to a little rocky start. We knew all along what this team was capable of doing. It’s been a fun stretch and we plan on keeping it going.”

Said Strasburg: “Pretty impressive. He’s even showing off the glove, which is not what he’s known for. Matt plays hard and is a great guy to have in the clubhouse. It’s fun to watch.”

Turner, San Diego’s first-round pick in the 2014 draft who never played for the Padres, drove a 1-1 pitch from Ross an estimated 396 feet into the home bullpen in center field with one out in the first inning. It was his third on the season.

“Homers are fun in general. It was nice to put a good swing on the ball,” Turner said. “It was a good atmosphere, good stadium, good field, it was fun. We got the win, which is the most important thing.

“I think anytime I play them it’s always reminding me that I was there,” he said about facing the Padres. “Not that it was my decision, but no regrets about anything. Everything’s worked out great for me individually and I’m happy to be a part of this team.”

— AP 


(Home team in CAPS)

PHILADELPHIA 11 San Francisco 0


TEXAS 7 Detroit 6


Minnesota 6 ST. LOUIS 0

Houston 16 OAKLAND 2

Washington 8 SAN DIEGO 5