Gio Gonzalez ran his scoreless innings streak to 20 over three starts and the NL East-leading Washington Nationals beat the San Diego Padres 3-1 on Tuesday night on just four hits at spacious Petco Park.
Chad Tracy, pinch-hitting for Gonzalez, hit a two-run single with one out in the seventh to chase Clayton Richard.
San Diego, last in the NL West, was trying for its first three-game winning streak of the season after splitting a four-game series with Philadelphia.
Xavier Nady, who started his big league career with San Diego in 2000, started the winning rally with a double to the wall in left leading off the seventh. Wilson Ramos followed with a walk and both scored on Tracy's single to center.
That made a winner of Gonzalez (2-0), who allowed two singles in six innings, struck out six and walked two. Henry Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his fifth save in as many chances.
The Padres had only one runner reach second base against Gonzalez.
Washington's last four starters have ...