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Padres beat Hernandez despite complete game

Livan Hernandez lost to the San Diego Padres for the second time in less than a month - and with his second team - dropping a 3-1 decision Monday night despite throwing a complete game for the Washington Nationals.

David Eckstein and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit RBI doubles in the first inning, and Chase Headley added a pinch-hit home run in the eighth in a matchup of last-place teams.

Hernandez (7-9) threw the 47th complete game of his career and second this season. He also had a complete game in a 6-1 win for the New York Mets against the Nationals on May 26.

Hernandez lost 8-3 to the Padres at Petco Park on Aug. 6 while with the Mets. He was released by the Mets on Aug. 23 and signed with the Nationals last Tuesday.

Hernandez allowed three runs and seven hits in eight innings in his second start with Washington. He struck out five and walked one.

Hernandez reached base twice and scored the Nationals' only run. He dropped to 1-6 in nine career starts against San Diego, and 0-5 in seven starts at Petco Park.

Padres right-hander Tim Stauffer won consecutive starts for the first time this season, allowing one run on seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.

The Padres, who have won five of seven, had some nice defensive plays in the seventh inning, although one was costly.

Left fielder Oscar Salazar left the game after bruising his knee while making a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch.

With a runner on first, one out and the Padres leading 2-1, Salazar caught Willie Harris' fly ball on the warning track, then slammed into the pitcher's scoreboard on the wall in left-center. He bounced off the scoreboard, limped a few steps, threw the ball in, then fell to the grass and grabbed his left knee.

After being tended to, he walked off on his power and was replaced by Drew Macias.

Normally an infielder, Salazar made his first start in left field.

Two batters earlier, Will Nieves tried to stretch a single into a double and was thrown out by right fielder Will Venable.

Stauffer (3-6) was chased by Pete Orr's two-out single in the seventh. Adam Russell relieved and got Ryan Zimmerman to ground out. Stauffer struck out five and walked three.

Heath Bell pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 35 chances.

San Diego's first two batters reached and scored. Everth Cabrera hit a leadoff single and scored from first when Eckstein's bloop double went into the Nationals' bullpen down the right-field line, rattled around in the chairs and ricocheted back onto the field. Eckstein scored on Kouzmanoff's one-out double.

Hernandez singled leadoff off the third, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Orr's one-out bloop single.

Headley's homer in the eighth was his 10th.

NOTES: Padres rookie OF Kyle Blanks has a partial tear in his plantar fascia and will have his right foot placed in a cast. Blanks was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday. It's not sure if he's out for the season.

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