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SAN DIEGO -- 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. Cheap Astros Jerseys Authentic . 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 dont 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. "Youve got to have your head up and realize whats going on on the field. The field tells you a lot," Alonso said. "The ball came to me and I tagged first, then I saw the runner on second just kind of keep on going, so I went directly home with a little sleight to go to third to kind of corner them in, and whoever left the bag, make the tag." Zimmerman said he saw the ball going up the middle "and I thought it bounced in front of the pitcher. I was taking off and I didnt really know what happened when they said it went off his foot to the first baseman. Thats kind of the way our luck has been going." "It caught me in a good spot, just below the knee, kind of in a meaty spot," Stults said. "Im fortunate it didnt get me on the kneecap and the fact he was heads-up enough to make that play, freeze the guy on third and get that big double play. It was kind of an unorthodox double play, but it could have been a lot worse." The Nationals had the runners in scoring position after Suzuki walked and Zimmermann reached on an error when second baseman Jedd Gyorko couldnt handle a low throw from Stults on a sacrifice attempt and the ball rolled into foul territory. "What a great game," Washington manager Davey Johnson said. "It was an unbelievable game. Thats a tough loss." Cabrera singled in Alex Amarista, who reached when Suzuki, the catcher, fielded his bunt and forced John Baker at second. Zimmermann tried to pick off Amarista but his throw was wide of first baseman Adam LaRoche for an error, allowing Amarista to take second. Cabreras hit made a winner of Stults (4-3). The left-hander went a season-high eight innings, allowing one run and four hits while striking out five and walking two. "Were not hitting very smart," Johnson said. "Were swinging at his changeups around the knees or in the dirt. Were not making him throw the ball. Its a sign of inexperienced hitters at times. You have to be more patient against a guy like this. Were still growing on offence. Guys have to be a little more patient and not hit the pitchers pitch." Zimmermann (7-2) also went eight, allowing two runs, one earned, and seven hits. He struck out six and walked none. "I just made two mistakes," Zimmerman said. "The home run to Alonso. It was a good pitch, it was up. You cant really complain about that. The throwing error I made down the line cost us. If I dont make that, were still out there playing." Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 11 chances. Street gave up Chad Tracys pinch-hit homer in the 10th inning of the Nationals 6-5 win Friday night. Alonso sent a drive a few rows beyond the home run porch in the right-field corner leading off the second for a 1-0 lead. It was his fifth of the season. The Nationals tied it in the sixth on their first two hits off Stults. Suzuki hit a leadoff single to right, advanced on Zimmermanns bunt and scored on Steve Lombardozzis single to right-centre. San Diegos Chase Headley was caught in a rundown between third and home for the third out of the seventh after he didnt see that shortstop Ian Desmond made a nice diving stab at Chris Denorfias single. Headley rounded third by a few steps and Desmond threw to third. Headley broke for home but was tagged out. NOTES: The game was 2 hours, 1 minute, tying the Cardinals-Phillies game on April 1 for the fastest in the majors this season. ... Nationals OF Bryce Harper sat out with a bruised left knee, the result of his collision with the wall in right field at Dodger Stadium on Monday night. He missed Tuesday nights game, pinch-hit Wednesday and started Thursday and Friday nights. ... LaRoche singled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games. ... The series concludes Sunday with Washington RHP Dan Haren (4-4, 4.76 ERA) opposing RHP Andrew Cashner (2-2, 2.84 ERA). ... The Padres activated LF Carlos Quentin from paternity leave and optioned right-hander Brad Brach to Triple-A Tucson. Quentin did not play in Thursday nights game against Washington and was placed on paternity leave prior to Friday nights game due to the birth of his first child, Clark. Cheap MLB Jerseys .Y. - Detroit goaltender Jonas Gustavsson has earned NHL first star of the week honours after winning in his first three appearances of the season. Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic . Pirlo limped out of Sundays 1-0 win over Udinese after just 13 minutes. Juventus says Pirlo underwent tests on Monday which revealed he has "a second-degree lesion to the collateral medial ligament in his right knee. . Nine days before the opening ceremony, organizing committee chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that Sochi is "fully ready" and will deliver safe, friendly and well-run games that defy the grim reports that have overshadowed preparations. The Atlanta Dream ended the Los Angeles Sparks quest to record the best start to a WNBA season the last time the two teams met. The Dream could deliver another blow to the Sparks on Thursday, when they visit Staples Center in a big game for both teams playoff seeding.The Sparks fell off their first-place perch after dropping a low-scoring slugfest with the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday. Los Angeles fell behind early, suffered through a third-quarter scoring drought and couldnt complete a fourth-quarter comeback in a 77-74 loss to the Lynx, who moved into sole possession of first place.The loss snapped the Sparks three-game win streak and continued their uneven performance since returning from the Olympic break. Los Angeles is just 3-3 since the break.The Dream (15-14) are coming off a 91-87 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday. It was a bounce-back win for Atlanta, which lost to the Seattle Storm at home over the weekend.Sometimes it takes a difficult loss, like the last game against Seattle, to turn things around, Atlanta coach Michael Cooper told reporters. Obviously, we want to go out and win every game we play but that game really let us know that we have to keep our focus and come and playy with energy in every single game. Cheap Astros Jerseys. When we are able to do that we are one of the best teams in this league.Atlanta has alternated wins and losses and is 2-2 since returning from the Olympic break. With five contests remaining, the Dream sit in fifth place in the league standings, but only three games separate the teams in fourth through eighth.The top eight teams in the league standings, regardless of conference, qualify for the postseason.Los Angeles trails Minnesota by one game in the standings with four to play. The Sparks lost the season series with the Lynx and would need a remarkable finish to regain the top seed in the playoffs.A win over the Dream would be a good start.Atlanta and Los Angeles have split their previous two meetings this season, with each squad winning on its home court.The Dream pounded the Sparks 91-74 on July 17 in Atlanta, thwarting Los Angeles bid to record the best start in WNBA history. 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