A late-game collapse that included a dramatic ending cost the Washington Nationals their first road sweep of the season.
A return to the nation's capital to face the punchless San Diego Padres might be just what they need to recover.
The Nationals look to continue their impressive play at home with another strong effort from Ross Detwiler on the mound in the opener of this two-game set with the Padres on Monday night.
Washington (21-13) appeared to be cruising to a fourth win in a row Sunday, but closer Henry Rodriguez served up a walkoff grand slam to Joey Votto - his third homer of the game - in a 9-6 loss at Cincinnati.
Now, the Nationals will play their next seven games at home, where they are 12-4 behind a 2.28 ERA from the rotation.
That success is likely to continue against league-worst San Diego (12-23), which is among the worst offensive teams in the majors, batting .221 while averaging 3.1 runs.
Washington has won five of the last six meetings with the Padres, includ...