SAN DIEGO: Michael Taylor was rounding second base as the official scorer announced Sunday’s (Monday in Manila) start time: 1:41 p.m.
The early home run — a knee-high, 84 mph change-up in the heart of the plate — wasn’t Drew Pomeranz’s last mistake. The Padres’ surging offense made sure he survived them all.
Adam Rosales doubled in a pair of runs, Melvin Upton collected a pair of hits and Fernando Rodney extended his scoreless inning streak to 25 1/3 innings in a 6-3 win that secured a series split with the NL East-leading Nationals in front of a matinee crowd of 32,285 at Petco Park.
The 27-year-old Pomeranz struck out seven, walked one and allowed all three runs on solo homers: Taylor’s leadoff blast to open the game and shots from Danny Espinosa and Taylor in the fifth inning.
Each time, the Padres — second in the NL this month in runs scored — answered.
Wil Myers singled and scored on Yangervis Solarte’s two-out single in the first inning. The Padres took their first lead on Rosale’s third-inning double, scored two more times in the fifth and added a run in the sixth on Matt Kemp’s run-scoring single to center.
Patience was a key.
They walked four times at the hands of a wild Gio Gonzalez was on the mound.
The Nationals’ left-hander also hit two batters, threw wildly to first to set up the padres’ two-run fifth and allowed six runs — five earned — in 5 1/3 innings.
He threw 65 of his 110 pitches for strikes.
Out of the Padres’ pen, Carlos Villanueva struck out two in the seventh, Ryan Buchter stranded an eighth inning single and Rodney turned in a scoreless ninth to convert his 13th save and secure Pomeranz’s first win since June 3 at home against the Rockies.
He’d allowed eight earned runs in his previous 10 innings when Taylor — who went 4-for-4 and was a triple shy of the cycle in the leadoff spot — jumped on the first pitch he saw to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead.
Espinosa tagged him for a 426-foot shot to open the fifth and Taylor added his sixth homer of the season three batters later.
Center fielder Jon Jay was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning and left with a right forearm contusion.