By Lewis Gould
The Padres All-Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. nailed Starlin Castro at the plate in the second inning in a 7-4 win against the Nationals.
Wil Myers hit a three-run homer and had five RBIs, and Manny Machado celebrated his 29th birthday with three hits and three runs.
Castro tried to score on Yan Gomes’ double into the left-field corner. Jurickson Profar fielded the ball and threw to Tatis, who was set up on the line on the outfield grass and fired a one-hopper to Victor Caratini to get Castro.
Myers homered to right-center off Erick Fedde (4-5) for a 3-0 lead with no outs in the fourth inning. It was his 10th. Machado was aboard on a leadoff double and Eric Hosmer on a single.
“The right-center home run was big,” the right-handed Myers said. “That’s definitely something that is a key for me when I’m going well, that’s what I’m doing.”
Josh Harrison tied it with a three-run homer to straightaway center field off Weathers with no outs in the fifth, his fifth. Starlin Castro was aboard on a leadoff single and Yan Gomes on a double.
The Padres chased Fedde in the three-run fifth. Trent Grisham hit a leadoff single and All-Star Jake Cronenworth walked with one out. Machado singled in Grisham and that was it for Fedde. Sam Clay came on and allowed Eric Hosmer’s RBI single and Myers’ sacrifice fly.