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By Liz Alper

Photo:  2016 All-Star Ambassador Wil Myers takes a selfie with an SDFD officer before the game on San Diego Fire-Rescue Night.  Courtesy @Padres on Twitter

June 17, 2016 (San Diego) - As if the pain from last night’s loss and from not having Tyson Ross wasn’t enough, the Padres got to face Tyson’s little brother, Joe, tonight in game two against the Nationals. Christian Friedrich started on the hill for San Diego.

The Padres started the scoring again.  Matt Kemp singled in the first, scoring Jon Jay and San Diego went up 1-0.

But the Nationals tied the game on Anthony Rendon’s sacrifice fly in the second, scoring Ryan Zimmerman and the Nats tied the game at one.

In the third, 2015 World Series standout Daniel Murphy jacked a line drive double to right that Kemp didn’t even attempt to catch and Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth scored and the Nationals were up 3-1.  It turned into a nightmare because Zimmerman blasted a two-run home run to left and Washington increased their lead to 5-1.

Things stayed quiet for a while, then in the fifth, the Padres rallied a bit with Jay’s blooper single into right, driving home Alexei Ramirez and the Nats led 5-2.

Murphy got the lead back to four with a solo homer in the sixth and the Nats were up 6-2.

Derek Norris got one back for the Padres on a solo homer in the Friar’s half of the sixth and the lead was cut in half, 6-3.

But again, the Nationals got their lead back to four with Harper’s single in the seventh, driving in Michael Taylor and the Nats led 7-3.

In the Padres’ half of the seventh, Myers grounded out, scoring Christian Bethancourt and the Padres once again cut the lead to three, 7-4.  The Nationals pulled a Padres and bobbled a doubled play, causing Jay to score and the lead to reduce to 7-5.  But the Padres couldn’t rally and the Nats took game two 7-5.

A rare (for a Saturday) 7:10 p.m. start awaits the Nats and Pads tomorrow night.  Phenom Max Scherzer will start for Washington against Colin Rea for San Diego.

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