This game saw the Nationals continue their sloppy play, which naturally resulted in costly runs for San Diego. In the top of the first, with Scott Hairston batting, a wild pitch by Livan Hernandez moved Tony Gwynn Jr. from second to third and Jerry Hairston from first to second, putting two runners in scoring position with just one out. Later in the at bat, Scott Hairston drove in Gwynn on a sacrifice fly to right, giving the Padres a run they probably shouldn't have earned.
The Nationals responded in the bottom half of the first by scoring three runs with two outs. Nyjer Morgan led off the inning with a base hit into center field, but was followed by two consecutive flyouts to right by Cristian Guzman and Ryan Zimmerman. Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham then walked putting Padres starter Clayton Richard in a bases loaded with two out situation. It didn't take long for the Nats to capitalize on this opportunity as Ivan Rodriquez singled off of Richards leg on his second pitch of the at bat, scoring Morgan and giving Richard another bases loaded jam to get out of. The next batter, Mike Morse, hit Richard's very next pitch up the middle, allowing Dunn and Willingham to score putting Washington ahead 3-1. This inning alone had to have manager Jim Riggleman wondering where this clutch hitting has been for the past month.
The Padres began clawing their way back in the top of the third after an RBI by who other than Adrian Gonzalez, but the Nationals wouldn't let it stay that close for long. The bottom of the fourth saw Ryan Zimmerman hit his fifteenth home run of the year and Ian Desmond hit his fifth out of the park in the following inning giving the Nationals a 5-2 lead.