- Associated Press - Saturday, July 23, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Manager Dusty Baker has a simple cure for the suddenly scuffling Washington Nationals.

Some timely hitting.

Starter Tanner Roark was outpitched by rookie Luis Perdomo, Matt Kemp homered twice and drove in four runs, and the San Diego Padres beat the Nationals 5-3 on Friday night.

Jayson Werth and Daniel Murphy homered, but the Nationals managed just four other hits as they lost for the fourth time in five games.

“People ask me what do we need? We need some timely two-out base hits. Not home runs,” Baker said. “We rely on home runs, which is fine. But you need some timely two-out hits or two or three consecutive hits, which we aren’t getting.”

Bryce Harper isn’t worried.

“I don’t think we need to change much at all. I think we’re a great team,” he said. “I think we’re swinging the bats well. I think we’re winning ball games and doing what we need to do.”

Kemp hit a solo shot in the first inning and gave San Diego the lead for good with a three-run homer in the fifth. He has six homers in his last six games and the Padres have homered in 20 straight, the longest streak in the National League this season.

Perdomo (4-4) gave up two first-inning runs, then limited the National to two hits over the final six innings of his longest outing.

The 22-year-old has come a long way since allowing six runs to the Dodgers in one relief inning in his Major League debut. He’s 3-0 in his last four games with a 3.47 ERA.

Brandon Maurer pitched 1 1/3 innings for his fourth save.

Tanner Roark (9-6) turned in his shortest outing since June 5, lasting just five innings. He allowed five runs on four hits and surrendered two homers in a game for the first time this season.

“I didn’t have my best stuff by any means tonight,” Roark said. “I stunk.”

Both teams were warned after Washington’s Oliver Perez hit Brett Wallace with a pitch to open the ninth.

Washington pitchers hit three batters and San Diego hurlers hit one.

Wilson Ramos had three hits for Washington.

San Diego trailed 2-1 when Wallace was hit leading off the fifth and scored on a two-out single by Melvin Upton Jr. After Ryan Schimpf walked, Kemp homered to center off a 2-1 Roark fastball for his 22nd of the season.

Murphy’s solo shot pulled Washington to 5-3 in the eighth.

Kemp made it 1-0 when he deposited Roark’s 3-1 pitch into the Padres’ bullpen.

“He left a couple of (fastballs) up there in the zone,” Kemp said of his home runs.

Werth tied it in the bottom of the first with a liner to center for his 12th home run. He has reached base in 26 consecutive games.

Harper then walked, stole second and scored on Ramos’ single.

MURPHY MASHING

Murphy has hit safely in nine straight games. During the streak he’s hitting .382 (13-for-34) with five doubles, five homers, and 14 RBIs.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Joe Ross (right shoulder inflammation) will make a rehab start Sunday at Class-A Hagerstown. … LHP Sammy Solis (right knee inflammation) began a rehab assignment with Class-A Potomac on Friday night and pitched a scoreless inning. … 1B Ryan Zimmerman (left ribcage strain) went 1 for 5 with a two-run single and four strikeouts Friday night in his second rehab game with Potomac.

UP NEXT

Padres: RHP Edwin Jackson (1-1, 4.76), who spent 2012 with the Nationals, will make his second start since joining the Padres. He allowed three runs on one hit over 6 1/3 innings to win his San Diego debut on July 17.

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (10-6, 2.94) picked up a no-decision Sunday in an 18-inning loss to Pittsburgh despite allowing one run in seven innings. He has given up one run or less in each of his last four starts.

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