The Washington Nationals hit their lowest point of the season last week when they lost five games in a row. They have responded to the losing streak with four consecutive victories to remain on top in the NL East.
Gonzalez pitched seven innings of one-run ball, striking out seven and walking one batter. Gonzalez improved to 3-1 on the season.
His efforts did not stop on the mound as he led the bottom of the fifth inning off with a booming double. He would later score when Jayson Werth launched a three-run home run to give the Nats a 3-1 lead at the time.
The inning continued with back-to-back singles by Chad Tracy and Danny Espinosa. Rick Ankiel followed with a double that scored Tracy while Espinosa was thrown out at home.
A 4-1 lead was more than enough for the Nats pitching staff, who entered the game with a major league-low 2.41 ERA.
Ian Desmond and Tracy added home runs to bury the Phillies 7-1.
It seems that every day someone else steps up offensively to put a few runs on the board for the Nats to support their pitchers. Today the Nats scored a season-high seven runs, a high that they have reached only three times this season.
Once Michael Morse and Ryan Zimmerman are back in this lineup, there will be a lot more firepower that can put up these offensive numbers every night.
Despite Bryce Harper being held hitless Saturday, his presence in the three-hole while Werth mans the cleanup spot appears to be working. They have not lost since changing the lineup.
The Nationals, who are 18-9 overall and 12-3 at home, will look for the sweep of the Phillies in primetime on Sunday night when Jordan Zimmermann (1-2, 1.89 ERA) faces Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.78 ERA) at 8 p.m. ET.
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