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SAN DIEGO -- Everth Cabrera's RBI single in the eighth allowed the San Diego Padres to record a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals before 33,646 fans at Petco Park on Saturday.

Cabrera drove in Alexi Amarista, who reached on a fielders' choice and advanced to second on a throwing error by Jordan Zimmermann, with one out on a single to center.

The victory allowed San Diego to prevail in a pitchers' duel between Zimmerman and Eric Stults. Closer Huston Street converted his 10th save, but it didn't come without some drama as he walked two before getting Ian Desmond to fly out to Jedd Gyorko for the final out.

Stults (4-3) didn't allow a hit until the sixth. That's when the Nationals also pushed across a run as Steve Lombardozzi's single to right scored Kurt Suzuki, who broke up Stults' hitless outing with a single to right, to tie the score at 1-1.

Stults allowed just four hits with five strikeouts and two walks in eight innings before being lifted for Amarista.

Zimmermann (7-2), who entered the game tied for most wins in the majors, gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks.

The Pads had a chance to take the lead in the seventh. Chase Headley was hit by a pitch and Yonder Alonso singled to center with no outs. With two outs, Chris Denorfia hit an infield single to short, which Desmond fielded and threw to Ryan Zimmerman at third, where Alonso had rounded the bag. Alonso was tagged out by Suzuki in a rundown.

The Padres (19-23) had lost eight of the last 10, including seven of the past eight at Petco, to the Nationals (23-20) before the win.

First baseman Alonso broke up a scoreless contest in the second, driving a 1-0 pitch by Zimmermann into the seats in right for 1-0 Padres lead with no outs.

A unique exchange occurred in the top of the third, when Stults fielded a sacrifice by Zimmermann and his throw went through the legs of second baseman Jedd Gyorko, who was covering at first and charged with an error, allowing Zimmermann and catcher Kurt Suzuki to advance to second and third.

Denard Span followed by hitting a comebacker to Stults; the lefthander threw him out at first. However, Zimmermann ran to third during the groundout, forcing Suzuki to get caught in a rundown between third and home by Alonso, who tagged him out for the rare 1-3-3 double play.

NOTES: Bryce Harper was not in the lineup because of a sore knee, lingering effects from Monday's jarring collision into the wall at Dodger Stadium. According to the Washington Post, Harper also had an MRI on his abdomen Friday, though the results were negative. Harper's status for Sunday's game is unknown. ... LF Carlos Quentin was activated from paternity leave Saturday but was not in the starting lineup. Quentin had missed the past two games after the birth of his son Clark on Thursday. Quentin is hitting .181 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 28 games. ... RHP Brad Brach was optioned to Class AAA Tucson on Saturday. Brach was 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 19 relief appearances for the Padres this season.

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