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The Nationals led 8-6 going into the ninth inning. Closer Henry Rodriguez walked the bases loaded with one out before giving way to Sean Burnett, who got Jesus Guzman to ground into a 1-2-3 double play for his first save.
"If you can draw it up, that's probably the play," Burnett said.
Craig Stammen (3-0) pitched two innings for the win. Miles Mikolas (0-1) gave up two runs and two hits while getting just one out.
Headley was in the middle of several of the game's big moments. He doubled in the fourth before scoring on the play that knocked out Leon and briefly gave the Padres a 5-4 lead an inning later with an RBI single. He also made two errors.
Stauffer was reinstated from the disabled list before the game and started for the first time this season after being sidelined with a strained right elbow. He gave up four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked three.
Harper's homer gave the Nationals a 4-1 lead, but San Diego tied the game with a three-run inning in the fourth, including Orlando Hudson's single to center field that scored two runs, the second coming on Headley's collision with Leon.
After Headley gave the Padres the lead an inning later, Ian Desmond put Washington ahead for good in the sixth with a two-run double off the right field wall. Nady and Tracy added a pair of insurance runs with their eighth-inning solo shots.
NOTES: Washington manager Davey Johnson said before the game Rodriguez would remain the team's closer, despite Rodriguez blowing his third save in 11 chances Sunday against the Reds. After the game, Johnson reiterated that he still has confidence in his closer despite another shaky outing. ... In a rehab start at Triple-A Syracuse on Monday, RHP Chien-Ming Wang threw eight-plus innings, allowing four earned runs and 11 hits with one walk, one strikeout and one hit batter. ... Johnson said OF Michael Morse is on pace to return when interleague play begins June 8 at Boston. ... The Padres optioned LHP Josh Spence to Triple-A Tucson before the game. ... San Diego OF Jeremy Hermida is scheduled to undergo sports hernia surgery on Tuesday and will be out up to six weeks, manager Bud Black said. Hermida has been on the DL since late April.
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