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Nats Nightly: Nats beat Padres, Shawn Kelley for the save, Harper homers

The Washington Nationals won the first of a 10-game, three-city road trip, downing the San Diego Padres 8-5. Bryce Harper homered for the first time in June, Wilson Ramos and Anthony Rendon added homers, and Tanner Roark got through six to keep the Nats in it long enough to outlast the crummy Padres.

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The Washington Nationals won the first of a 10-game, three-city road trip, downing the San Diego Padres 8-5. Bryce Harper homered for the first time in June, Wilson Ramos and Anthony Rendon added homers, and Tanner Roark got through six to keep the Nats in it long enough to outlast the crummy Padres.

On the show, we spend most of the time debating Shawn Kelley as closer and Harper starting to get warmed up again, as he's hitting over .300 his last 11 games. The homer he hit looked like a long fly ball until it bounced off the angled wall past the left field fence at Petco Park.

The Nats had several hard-hit balls against Padres starter Erik Johnson. Some counted -- like Ramos and Rendon's no-doubt homers -- and other's didn't like Stephen Drew's 440-foot foul ball and a couple of liners that were either hit right at outfielders or were tracked down, like Rendon' s liner that was caught on the run by the aging-quickly Matt Kemp.

Also: Felipe Rivero walked another left-handed hitter -- this one was a four-pitch variety to just-recalled Ryan Schrimf.

Regardless, the Nats push their season record to 17 games over .500 and get the long, late road trip off to a good start.

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