The Washington Nationals had runners on second and third with one out in the third inning when Denard Span hit a hard comebacker that ricocheted off San Diego Padres pitcher Eric Stults' lower left leg to first baseman Yonder Alonso.
Alonso tagged the bag and then ran toward third base, where Kurt Suzuki was hung up because Jordan Zimmermann had taken off from second. Alonso tagged Suzuki to finish the inning-ending double play, which helped the Padres beat the Nationals 2-1 Saturday night.
''You don't really work on that one in spring training,'' manager Bud Black said. ''Yonder has a good baseball mind and reacted accordingly. No doubt that was a big break for us.''
Alonso also homered off Zimmerman, who was trying to become the first pitcher in the majors to get eight wins this season, and Everth Cabrera singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth.
''You've got to have your head up and realize what's going on on the field. The field tells you a lot,'' Alonso said. ''The ball ca...