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SD@ARI: Stults holds D-backs to three runs

SAN DIEGO -- Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is looking to win his second straight game as he faces the Padres on Sunday afternoon.

In his last start against the Phillies, Zimmermann was outstanding, allowing five hits in eight innings and striking out four. It helped that he threw his slider for strikes.

May was rough for Zimmermann, who had 5.06 ERA during the month. In his first start in June, he looked like the pitcher who won 19 games for Washington last year.

"I was hitting my location," Zimmermann said. "When I wanted to throw a ball, I was throwing a ball and not leaving it over the middle [of the plate]. We had a really good game plan. [Catcher Wilson Ramos] and I were on the same page. It was one of those nights where it was fun to be out there. I had everything working."

San Diego pitcher Eric Stults gets the start in Sunday's series finale against the Nationals. It will be his first start since returning to the team earlier this week after going on the bereavement list following the death of his grandmother.

This will be the second time this season the left-handed has faced the Nationals. He got a no-decision in a 4-3 victory on the road April 24 when he allowed two runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Stults, who has won once since May 10, allowed four runs in six innings and took the loss on June 1 against the White Sox. Opponents are hitting .309 off him this season.

He allowed two home runs in the loss to the White Sox and has now allowed 12 this season after allowing 18 in over 200 innings a year ago.

"My overall stuff today was one of the best it's been this year, I was down in the zone for the most part," he said.

Nats' Williams happy for Ryan Ripken
The Nationals selected first baseman Ryan Ripken, son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., in the 15th round of the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.

Manager Matt Williams, who played against Ripken in the 1990s, thought it was great that Ryan will get a chance to prove himself in the Nationals organization.

"There's immense pressure on that young man," Williams said about Ryan. "It's too bad, but I think he will handle it real well. Dad, uncle, grandfather ... great work ethic. We'll be happy to have him. If he can bring that work ethic to us, it will be nothing but a benefit."

Padres: Feeling a Draft
The Padres felt they drafted some impact players during the First-Year Player Draft, which concluded Saturday. Of their first 10 picks, six were position players and four were pitchers.

The Padres, who also selected former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in the 29th round, are hopeful their top 10 picks will sign soon and get their professional careers underway after a short stop in Arizona at the team's Spring Training facility.

In the first 18 picks, the Padres selected 16 college players.

"There's some good high school arms that went early who we were on, then maybe we went in a different direction or we couldn't get them. Then later on today, we were supposed to do college guys and then a couple high school arms fell to us," said Chad MacDonald, the team's assistant general manager of player personnel.

Worth noting
• Ryan Zimmerman has three RBIs in five games since he was activated from the disabled list.

• Andrew Cashner has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 13 consecutive starts at home.

• The Padres' Cameron Maybin is 19-for-57 [.333] at Petco Park this year. Comments