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Maybin produces Padres' winning hit in 11th

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SAN DIEGO -- Like most Padres, center fielder Cameron Maybin has struggled this season with runners in scoring position.

He entered Saturday night's game 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position and two outs. But he came through twice in that situation, finishing the 11-inning game with the first walk-off hit of his career.

Maybin capped a two-out rally with an opposite-field single that dropped in front of Washington right fielder Jayson Werth to give San Diego a 4-3 win over the Nationals at Petco Park.

"They all count," Maybin said after his blooper to right on a cutter thrown by Nationals reliever Craig Stammen (0-2). "I thought it was a good pitch. I was able to get just enough bat on the ball."

Twice in the last three innings, the Padres scored with two outs against the best bullpen in the National League to gain a come-from-behind win.

The Padres tied the score in the bottom of the ninth on first baseman Yonder Alonso's 377-foot solo homer off Nationals closer Rafael Soriano.

The winning rally started when third baseman Chase Headley singled off Stammen. Headley advanced into scoring position and raced home on Maybin's single, beating Werth's throw to the plate.

The win salvaged a great outing by Padres starter Andrew Cashner, who was activated from the disabled list Saturday morning. Cashner, 27, had been sidelined since May 13 with soreness in his forearm and shoulder.

After getting out of a first-inning jam, Cashner retired the last 16 Nationals he faced while allowing only one ball to be hit out of the infield. His final line was two hits and a walk allowed in six shutout innings with five strikeouts.

"The movement I had on my fastball was the most I had in a long time," Cashner said. "It was fun to get back out there. My fastball command was good and my changeup felt good."

Nationals third baseman Kevin Frandsen said, "The way he was throwing the ball, hitting his spots, he is one helluva pitcher. Anytime you get him out of the game, it's a big thing."

And Cashner was out of the game after six innings and 70 pitches.

"We set a limit of 80 to 90 pitches or six innings for Cashner," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We weren't going to let him go back out for the seventh.

"I was very happy with the way Cash pitched. His velocity held. The mix was outstanding. It got him off to a good start."

Cashner was in trouble in the first inning when Frandsen singled and Werth doubled into the right field corner to put runners at second and third with one out.

But Padres catcher Rene Rivera picked Frandsen off third with first baseman Adam LaRoche at the plate. After LaRoche walked, he was forced at second to end the inning on left fielder Ryan Zimmerman's grounder to second baseman Jace Peterson.

"It was something that should have never happened, but it happened," Frandsen said of being picked off.

The Padres scored twice in the bottom of the fourth against Nationals rookie right-hander Blake Treinen to snap a scoreless tie.

With one out, left fielder Seth Smith pulled a single to right for his second hit of the game. Headley doubled deep to left center to score Smith with the game's first run. With two outs, Maybin doubled down the left-field line to drive in Headley.

As soon as Cashner departed, the Nationals scored three runs in the seventh to take the lead against reliever Nick Vincent -- ending a run of 13 1/3 straight scoreless innings by the San Diego bullpen.

The Nationals' rally started with back-to-back, opposite-field, one-out bloop doubles by LaRoche and Zimmerman to end the Padres' shutout bid. Shortstop Ian Desmond then put the Nationals ahead with his two-out, two-run homer that carried 432 feet to right center.

Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit (2-0) picked up the win. Alonso's fifth homer of the season prevented Treinen from getting his first major league win.

NOTES: The Padres drafted former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel in the 28th round as a shortstop out of Texas A&M. ... The Padres designated LHP Jason Lane for assignment Saturday when RHP Andrew Cashner was activated from the disabled list. Lane, 37, retired 13 or the 14 hitters he faced in two relief appearances 6 1/3 seasons after he last appeared in the major leagues as an outfielder. ... Entering Saturday's game, the Nationals were hitting .296 in the previous eight games with 49 runs scored. ... The Nationals are 10-5 when Ryan Zimmerman has started this year and are 21-24 when he has been absent.

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