Associated Press - Washington manager Davey Johnson has seen these kinds of games from the Nationals offense. This time he thinks they'll sustain it.
Wilson Ramos drove in three runs, Gio Gonzalez won his third straight start and the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 8-5 Friday night.
Jayson Werth had three hits and Denard Span added a two-run double for Washington, which has won two straight, scoring eight runs and getting at least 10 hits in each game.
Chase Headley homered, doubled and drove in two runs, and Carlos Quentin had a three-run homer for the Padres, who've lost seven straight, but scored more than two runs for the first time in that stretch.
Gonzalez (6-3) went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and eight hits while striking out five and walking one. He allowed a first-inning run and pitched out of a jam in the second when he struck out three straight with runners on second and third.
He went through a six-game stretch during which the Nationals scored two runs or fewer, but is now getting good run support. Washington has scored 25 runs in his past three starts.
Gonzalez left with an 8-2 lead and a runner on first with two outs in the seventh. Chris Denorfia (3 for 4) singled off reliever Craig Stammen and Quentin hit Stammen's first pitch into the seats beyond the visitor's bullpen to make it 8-5.
Tyler Clippard pitched the eighth and Rafael Soriano the ninth for his 23rd save.
Padres starter Andrew Cashner (5-4) had his worst outing of this season, lasting just two innings while giving up six runs and five hits. He had three walks and no strikeouts.