San Diego, CA (Sports Network) -
Will Venable, Kyle Blanks and Yonder Alonso all hit homers and drove in two runs apiece as the San Diego Padres outslugged the Washington Nationals, 13-4, in the finale of a four-game set at Petco Park.
Everth Cabrera collected two hits and two RBI, Alonso scored three runs and had three hits and Jedd Gyorko also drove in two for the Padres, who finished with 15 hits.
Starter Andrew Cashner (3-2) cruised over 6 2/3 frames, allowing three runs on seven hits while fanning six for San Diego, which has won four of its last six.
"Everyone is just doing their part," said Blanks. "Everyone is keeping the line moving, when we're down everyone keeps fighting. It's one of those feelings, regardless of what the score is, you feel like you're going to win."
Astros take step in the right direction
By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
It may not be the Ryan whom people in Houston had hoped would walk through the door.
But it's a Ryan nonetheless and one who could signal a much-needed turnaround for an Astros organization that just hasn't been able to get out of its way the past few seasons.
On Friday, the Astros named Reid Ryan president of business operations. Ryan, the son of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, fills the position that became open when George Postolos resigned on Monday.