Bryce Harper drove in three runs after talking his way into Washington's lineup, Ryan Zimmerman knocked in the go-ahead run and the Nationals rallied for a 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday.
Adam LaRoche homered, and Denard Span and Ian Desmond added two hits apiece as the Nationals won their third straight.
Harper lobbied Davey Johnson for playing time earlier in the day after the Washington manager said Friday night that he was probably going to give the young slugger the weekend off. Harper walked with the bases loaded in the third, snapped an 0-for-19 skid with an RBI single in the fifth and drove in the tying run in the seventh with a sacrifice fly.
Ross Ohlendorf (2-0) got the win and Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 24th save.