Adrian clicking again at the dish

Adrian clicking again at the dish

WASHINGTON -- After a short period of struggling at the plate, Padres slugger Adrian Gonzalez has again found his rhythm.

In the six games leading up to the Padres' series against the Nationals, Gonzalez generated only one hit and two RBIs. But through two games in Washington this week, he has six hits, three runs and three RBIs. During that span, he raised his batting average from .291 to .302.

Gonzalez was most potent in the Padres' 7-6 loss to the Nationals on Thursday. He batted 4-for-5 and finished a triple shy of the cycle.

Manager Bud Black said it was nothing more than a tough stretch of games.

"He had a very good June," Black said. "At one point, he was batting in the .250s and now he is close to .300. He's been swinging the bat well."

Aside from his .302 batting average, Gonzalez had 17 home runs, 54 RBIs and 46 runs entering Thursday.