Andrew Cashner tossed six innings of shutout ball in his return from the disabled list, but it wasn’t enough as the Padres entered the bottom of the ninth down 3-2.
In the bottom of the ninth, Yonder Alonso came to bat with two outs and no one on. Alonso took Washington Nationals’ closer Rafael Soriano deep into the Jack deck in right field to make it a 3-3 ballgame. The solo home run gave the Padres new life in extras.
The hero was Cameron Maybin in the bottom of the 11th. With two outs, Chase Headley singled to left and Alonso walked after a good at-bat. Maybin stepped up to the plate and singled to right off Craig Stammen, and Headley scored the game-winning run.
Before the late-game dramatics, the Padres took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth after two RBI doubles, one by Headley and another by Maybin.
Meanwhile, Cashner retired 16 straight batters after a rocky first inning. Nick Vincent relieved Cash in the seventh, and he had one of his worst outings of the year giving up three runs to give the Padres a 3-2 deficit.
Washington Nationals’ starter Blake Treinen came back out for the seventh, and seemed to be on the verge of his first Major League win, but the Padres had other plans once they got into the Nationals bullpen.