Posted July 07, 2013 on AP on Fox
At last, the Washington Nationals' lineup is starting to click. In related news, Davey Johnson's squad is closer to first place than it has been in over six weeks. Ryan Zimmerman hit a grand slam, Bryce Harper added three hits and two stolen bases, and the Nationals sent the San Diego Padres to their ninth straight loss, 11-7 on Sunday. Stephen Strasburg (5-6) allowed four runs over six innings. He matched his season-high with nine strikeouts as the Nationals won their fourth straight, the last three over San Diego. The victory moved the Nationals within four games of NL East-leading Atlanta. That is the smallest deficit for the defending division champions since May 20. ''We've played below our potential and now we're coming around,'' Johnson said. ''That's a good feeling.'' Feeling good isn't in the Padres' repertoire right now. ''That was a rough one. No doubt about it,'' San Diego manager Bud Black...
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