National League Game Summary - Miami at Washington|
(Wednesday, April 3rd)
Final Score: Washington 3, Miami 0
Washington, D.C. (Sports Network) - Gio Gonzalez spun six scoreless innings
and smacked a solo home run in the fifth, as the Washington Nationals blanked
the Miami Marlins for the second consecutive game with a 3-0 decision on
Wednesday at Nationals Park.
Gonzalez (1-0) fanned five and allowed just two hits and two walks, while Ryan
Mattheus and Drew Storen each tossed a scoreless frame in relief before Rafael
Soriano closed the door in the ninth to secure his second save of the season.
"It's not really hard to fathom. I look at this staff and that's what I
expect," Mattheus said of his team posting back-to-back shutouts. "I think
there's going to be a lot of shutouts."
Denard Span and Ryan Zimmerman each added an RBI for the defending NL East
champion Nationals, who have won their first two games for the second straight
Kevin Slowey's (0-1) only misstep came on Gonzalez's home run, as the Miami
right-hander gave up just four hits and three walks over 5 1/3 frames for the
Marlins, who remain in search of their first run of the season after being
shut out by the Nats, 2-0, in Monday's season opener.
"We've got a couple of guys that may be pressing a little bit," Marlins rookie
manager Mike Redmond admitted. "We've just got to continue to go out there and
keep grinding it out and get that first run across and take a little pressure
off the guys."
Miami's only extra-base hit of the contest came in the fifth when Justin
Ruggiano ripped a leadoff double and Miguel Olivo followed with a walk.
Gonzalez quickly worked out of the jam however, as he induced a 1-6-3 double-
play groundout from Casey Kotchman before fanning Adeiny Hechavarria to end
The lefty hurler then helped his own cause in the bottom half when he jumped
on a hanging curveball from Slowey and deposited it over the wall in left
field for his second career home run and a 1-0 lead.
Washington added an insurance run in the seventh when Danny Espinosa reached
first on an error, moved to second on a bunt and then found third on a wild
Pinch-hitter Chad Tracy then walked to put runners on the corners before Span
slapped a grounder to second that scored Espinosa to make it a 2-0 contest.
After Storen retired the Marlins in order in the eighth, Bryce Harper scorched
a leadoff double off the right-field wall and quickly scored on Zimmerman's
single to center to push the lead to 3-0.
Soriano served up a one-out single in the ninth before walking Giancarlo
Stanton, but the Washington reliever induced back-to-back pop outs from
Placido Polanco and Ruggiano to end the contest.
Kotchman left the game in the fifth inning with a left hamstring strain. He is
considered day-to-day ... Gonzalez's first career home run came on Aug. 8,
2012 at Houston ... Miami went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and
left five men on base ... Harper and Zimmerman each finished with two hits.
04/04 00:27:18 ET