WASHINGTON (AP) -After a difficult season,
finally pitched a game to savor.
Young allowed just two hits in seven innings and hit the first home run of his career to lead the
San Diego Padres
to a 6-1 win over the
Young, who spent much of the season on the disabled list, won for just the second time since May 16. Two starts ago, he dazzled
on two hits after throwing 7 2-3 perfect innings.
Young (6-6) allowed a long double to center field by
, the Nationals' second batter, and had to work out of a bases-loaded jam in the third. He walked two batters - including
- and hit another before
ended the inning with a fly ball to left. Young also allowed a leadoff single to
in the seventh, who was quickly caught in a rundown.
''Early on, I was fighting myself mechanically and wasn't real sharp,'' Young said. ''When I walked the pitcher, frustration
set in. I just wasn't as sharp as I'd like to be early. As the game progressed, I really tried to do less and things got better.''
The 6-foot-10 right-hander missed more than two months with a fractured nose and was making just his fourth start since his
second DL stint - this time with a strained right forearm.
allowed a run in the eighth on Boone's RBI ground-rule double and
worked the ninth.
With a 3-0 lead in the seventh, Young, sporting a .115 career batting average entering the game, sent
's first pitch into the Padres' bullpen.
''I'm happy we won,'' Young said. ''That's first and foremost. It's been a rough season for us. Wins have been hard to come
by. The home run was a lot of fun. It's something I haven't experienced in my big league career - since high school for that
matter. I got lucky. It hit my bat.''
, himself a former pitcher, says that Young is one of the best in the game. In 2007, Young was 9-1, and made the NL All-Star
team, before straining his oblique and didn't win a game after the All-Star break.
''There's still a lot of upside in CY's game,'' Black said. ''This year, it's just a lot of unfortunate injuries. You don't
take a ball off the nose from
' bat every day.''
San Diego, which has won 10 of its last 11 games against Washington, had just one hit against Lannan (9-14) in the first four
innings. They scored three unearned runs in the fifth.
led off with a walk. With one out, Young bunted him to second.
grounded to second baseman
, but the ball scooted under his glove for an error, which allowed Hundley to score. On the next pitch,
hit a home run to left field, his seventh of the season.
The Padres added two runs in the eighth on a triple to
, an RBI single by
, and an RBI single by
, which followed an error by third baseman
It's been a long two games for Zimmerman. He was hitless in 10 at-bats - seven in Friday's 14-inning loss, five-hour loss.
Young made for a difficult opponent.
''He does a good job of hiding the ball,'' Zimmerman said. ''He didn't make any mistakes. Any time a pitcher does that, he's
Lannan pitched seven innings, allowing four hits and four runs - with only Young's home run earned. In his previous start,
he allowed just one hit against the
New York Mets
in seven innings.
The loss was the fourth in a row for the Nationals and the 97th of the season. It's the most losses for the franchise since
1976 when the Montreal Expos lost 107.
Manager Manny Acta insists his club wasn't using Friday night's marathon as an excuse.
''The Padres were here last night until the 14th. It had nothing to do with that,'' Acta said. ''No whining, no excuses, no
weeping. We got beat.''
Notes: The Nationals announced they were moving their Triple-A affiliate from Columbus to Syracuse for the 2009 season. Syracuse
had been affiliated with Toronto for the past 31 years. ... Georgetown University coach John Thompson III was a pregame visitor.
He was an assistant coach at Princeton when Young played basketball and baseball and head coach when Venable played both sports
there. ... San Diego RHP
, who was scratched from Friday's start because his wife had a baby, will pitch Tuesday in Los Angeles.