Street allows Tracy's HR in 10th as Padres fall

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Associated Press

Posted on May 18, 2013 at 2:35 AM

Updated Saturday, May 18 at 10:03 AM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Huston Street gave up two home runs all of last season. The San Diego Padres closer has allowed six already in 17 games this year, and most have cost his team dearly.

Such as the one he served up Friday night.

Street gave up a game-winning homer to Chad Tracy in the 10th inning as the Washington Nationals won 6-5 and negated a dramatic ninth-inning rally.

"I felt like I came pretty close to my spot, but he put a pretty good swing on it," Street said. "Sometimes you're not surprised when they hit a homer because it doesn't feel right coming out of your hand. That one felt good and it looked good on video, but he hit a homer. That's all that matters."

Tracy's seventh career pinch-homer made up for a blown save by Washington closer Rafael Soriano, who gave up two runs with two outs in the ninth.

The Padres tied the game with three straight singles. Chase Headley's RBI made it 5-4 and Yonder Alonso pushed him to third with another single. Kyle Blanks evened the score with another single, which sent the game into extras.

While Street (0-3) has nine saves in 10 chances, the home runs have proven troublesome and have contributed to each of his losses. He allowed two home runs in the ninth inning of a tie game on April 12 against Colorado. He gave up a walkoff home run to Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria on May 11 and got in trouble with the long ball again against Washington.

Street has given up more than six home runs in a season twice in his career, both times while playing for Colorado, with home games at high altitude.

"Sometimes you go through streaks like this," Street said. "Sometimes mistake pitches are hit for singles or doubles. Right now, they're being hit for home runs. My job as a closer is to pitch well in tight games, to put up zeros and get saves. I'm giving up more runs than I'm used to and it's unsightly on the back of your (baseball) card."

The Padres had trouble with home runs all game long.

Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a three-run shot 431 feet to deep center in the fourth and hit his second 403 feet in the sixth inning. LaRoche's second blast followed Ryan Zimmerman's home run, which just cleared the right-field wall.

It was LaRoche's 21st multi-homer game and his second this season.

The Nationals took advantage of Padres right-hander Burch Smith making his second start. The 23-year old gave up five runs on six hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out eight and walked just one, but three home runs got him in trouble.

"In the big picture, I thought there was a lot to like," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It's been a baptism by fire for Burch. It's a learning experience for a young guy going up against major league hitters."

It was still an improvement over his big league debut.

Smith gave up six runs on five hits in one-plus innings in a no-decision at Tampa Bay on May 11. He pitched a perfect first, but couldn't get an out in the second and left the game with five runs in and the bases loaded.

He was promoted from Double-A San Antonio, where he posted a 1.15 ERA and flashed an explosive fastball that can reach 100 mph. The Padres gave their prized young prospect a second chance on Friday, and asked him to throw more breaking pitches. Burch did so at times and kept Washington's offense at bay early on.

Washington sat on Smith's fastball and eventually caught up with it.

The Nationals hit three home runs off Smith's best pitch, which erased an early 2-0 deficit and made it 5-3.

Jedd Gyorko hit a home run in the sixth and the Padres scored again in the ninth, but couldn't complete the comeback.

"I'm happy to come out of this one on the winning end," Zimmerman said. "They fought back and took the momentum away, but Chad got a big hit and put us ahead for good. It was a big moment for us."

NOTES: Washington LHP Ross Detwiler was diagnosed with an oblique strain and will miss at least one start. He was injured in a start Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers and had an MRI on Thursday. ... Nationals manager Davey Johnson said OF Jayson Werth is still experiencing hamstring tightness and might not come off the 15-day disabled list when eligible Saturday. ... The Padres placed OF Carlos Quentin on paternity leave Friday and promoted RHP Tim Stauffer from Triple-A Tucson in a corresponding move. Quentin also missed Thursday's game after the birth of his son, but he is expected back with the team Saturday. RHP Thad Weber was designated for assignment to create room for Stauffer on the 40-man roster. ... RHP Clayton Richard, on the 15-day disabled list with a stomach virus, allowed one run in six innings of a rehab start with Triple-A Tucson. Richard is expected to make one more start before returning to the Padres rotation.

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