Harper homer, Taylor’s GW-RBI lifts Nats past Padres 2-1

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Michael Taylor smacks the ball off the wall in center field to score Juan Soto, giving the Nationals a 2-1 victory Brett Hull Jersey against the Padres. (0:55)
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Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor hasn’t had many good days this season. He hopes Tuesday night’s performance is a sign of things to come.

Wayne Gallman Jersey Taylor’s one-out double in the ninth scored 19-year-old Juan Soto with the game-winning run in Washington’s 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. He also threw out a runner at the plate for the final out in the sixth inning with the score 1-1.

Before Taylor’s hit, he sent a pop-up into foul territory that first baseman Eric Hosmer could not track down. Then Taylor, who entering the ninth was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts while facing mostly fastballs, sent a change-up from Matt Strahm (0-2) off the center-field wall.

Wrong pitch, Padres manager Andy Green said. (Strahm) shook the catcher three times to get to that pitch.

Singleton, 26, a first baseman, played for Double-A Corpus Christi last season and hit .205 with 18 home runs and 62 RBIs. He tested positive for a drug of abuse and was suspended by Major League Baseball for 100 games in January.

Drafted in the eighth round by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009 and acquired by the Astros in the Hunter Pence trade in July 2011, Singleton hasn’t played in the majors since 2015, when he went 9-for-47 in 19 games. He played 95 games for the Astros in 2014, going 52-for-310 (.168). Baseball America regarded him as the Astros’ best prospect by the end of the 2011 season.

Singleton’s first positive test came in June 2012, his first month in Double-A, and he said he quit using marijuana for the rest of that season. After the season, during which he hit .284 with 21 homers and 79 RBIs, he went to the Arizona Fall League. He failed a second test in December 2012, with a 50-game suspension coming a month later. He was then admitted to an inpatient rehabilitation center for a month.

I knew I had a problem, Singleton said in a 2014 interview with The Associated Press. Even after I failed the second drug test, I couldn’t stop smoking weed. It was really bad. Me going [to the rehab center] was definitely the best move.

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