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Headley happy to play in speedy game

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SAN DIEGO -- A big smile washed across Chase Headley's face Sunday morning when he was asked about the Padres' 2-1 victory over the Nationals on Saturday.

The smile wasn't so much for the win itself, but the time of the game -- two hours and one minute.

"Awesome," Headley said, beaming.

The game was the shortest the Padres have played since Aug. 23, 2005 when Jake Peavy defeated Roger Clemens of the Astros in a game that lasted just one hour and 53 minutes. Both pitchers threw complete games.

Saturday's game was dominated by pitching as well as Jordan Zimmermann allowed two runs -- one earned -- over eight innings for the Nationals. Eric Stults had a no-hitter through five innings for the Padres and allowed one run in eight innings.

"I looked up a couple of times and realized it was the seventh inning; it felt like we just got started," Headley said. "I think that's the quickest game I've ever been a part of."

Given that the Padres were facing Zimmermann, who was 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA entering the game, it's not at all surprising, Headley said, that the game went by as quickly as it did.

"Going in, we wanted to be aggressive against him," Headley said. "I think that's why you saw a lot of balls in play in early counts."

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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