SAN DIEGO (AP) - Ryan Ludwick played a big part for the Padres in Saturday's game against the Washington Nationals.
Still, it was a game Ludwick would rather forget.
John Lannan pitched effectively into the seventh inning, overcoming Ludwick's near home run that was overturned on replay, and the Nationals won consecutive road games for the first time in a month with a 2-1 victory over San Diego.
First, Ludwick had trouble on Danny Espinosa's first-inning fly to left field that went for an RBI double. Ludwick charged the ball and dove to make the catch, but the ball hit off the top of his glove and rolled almost all the way to the wall. Wilson Ramos added a run-scoring single.
Then, leading off the fourth, Ludwick hit a high fly down the left-field line. The ball hit right near the yellow foul pole that is located on the corner of the brick Western Metal Supply Co. building.
Third base umpire Wally Bell initially ruled the ball fair for a home run, which would have tied the game at 2. But after the umpires huddled, they left the field to study replays. When they returned, the ruling was foul ball. Replays appeared to indicate the ball hit just inches to the left of the foul pole.
Lannan ended up striking out Ludwick.
``Playing out there, you kind of see how the wall angles,' Ludwick said. ``When it ricocheted that hard and that far, I thought it was foul. I think it was more anxiety waiting for the call.'
In the sixth inning, Ludwick singled with two outs. Highly touted rookie Anthony Rizzo hit a line drive down the right-field line. It took right fielder Jayson Werth a while to field the ball, but Ludwick did not attempt to score.
``That ball didn't get to the wall,' San Diego manager Bud Black said. ``Werth is a good defender, he's got a great arm, accurate. (Third base coach Glenn) Hoffman definitely did the right thing.'
Lannan (4-5) allowed a home run to Rizzo and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth. The left-hander gave up six hits.
The Nationals, with the NL's second-worst road record at 15-24, won consecutive road games for the first time since May 10-11. They had dropped 13 of 18 away from home.
The club also won successive games at San Diego for the first time September 1999, when the franchise was located in Montreal.
The Nationals, who finished with five hits, won despite having only one hit and two baserunners after the second inning. Washington also won 2-1 on Friday night when it had just four hits.
Drew Storen pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 opportunities.
Clayton Richard (2-8) threw seven solid innings for San Diego, giving up two runs and five hits. Richard has lost three straight starts despite allowing just six earned runs. The Padres have scored only three runs for him while he was in the game over his last four starts.
Lannan, who is 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA in his last four starts, had allowed only one home run this season to a left-handed batter before Rizzo connected for his first major league homer.
Rizzo, who made his major league debut Thursday night, turned on an inside pitch from Lannan and hit it to right field on top of the out-of-town scoreboard.
``In three games here, we've seen the rocket to center (triple), the big blast to right (home run) and the ball turned on right down the line (double),' Black said. ``All-field hitting, all-field power.'
Said Lannan: ``He's a good hitter. He's impressed me and he's impressed us with the way he's handled each at-bat this series.'
Lannan held San Diego scoreless over 7 2-3 innings on May 27 at home but came away with a no-decision in Washington's 2-1 win.
San Diego, an NL-worst 14-25 at home, has dropped four of six and fell to 5-5 on a season-long 11-game homestand.
Ian Desmond started the Nationals' first inning with a one-out single and scored on Espinosa's double. With two outs, Ramos singled for a 2-0 lead.
NOTES: The Padres and Nationals have had four of their six matchups this season end in 2-1 scores, with Washington winning three. ... The Nationals franchise is 11-29 in San Diego since 2000, including 6-18 at Petco Park. ... Washington LF Roger Bernadina was a late scratch from the lineup due to left hamstring tightness. Bernadina, scheduled to bat ninth with Lannan hitting eighth, was replaced by Brian Bixler, who had two singles and a walk. ... Rizzo batted fifth for the second straight game after hitting in the No. 7 spot in his debut. ... San Diego wore throwback uniforms from the 1936 Padres of the Pacific Coast League, while Washington wore jerseys from the 1936 Washington Senators.
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