Gio Strikes Out Six as Nats Take Series Over Mets

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By Michael Marzzacco

Gio Gonzalez continued his impressive start to the season as the Nationals won their sixth game in a row, taking down the Mets at Citi Field 3-1 to remain atop the NL East. Washington will go for the sweep on Sunday Night Baseball tonight with first pitch at 8:00 p.m.

Gonzalez flirted with a no-hitter for five innings but lost the bid in the sixth on a Juan Lagares single. Nonetheless he carried the Nats by holding the home team to one run in 6 1/3 innings while striking out six. He is now 9-1 lifetime in 14 career starts at Citi Field with a 1.62 ERA.

The Nationals were the first team to get on the board on this cold, rainy day in Flushing, New York. With two on in the top of the fourth, Matt Wieters belted a line-drive single into right field that scored Bryce Harper. Daniel Murphy tried to come home as well but he was gunned at the plate thanks to a great throw by Curtis Granderson.

The Nats added two more in the following inning. With one out, Adam Eaton got it started with a double. Trea Turner (and how great is it having that baby-faced stud back in the lineup?), followed with a double of his own over Lagares’ head all the way to the center field wall. After Mets starter Jacob deGrom intentionally walked Harper, Ryan Zimmerman would make him pay with a single into left field. The fastest man in DC came around from second base to score, beating the throw of Michael Conforto to catcher Rene Rivera.

The Nationals bullpen has given us all an unhealthy case of anxiety so far this season but they got the job done on Saturday afternoon. Blake Treinen retired two batters on three pitches to end the seventh. Enny Romero got three up and three down needing just nine pitches in the eighth and got two outs in the ninth before turning the ball over to Koda Glover. The rookie finished the job for his first Major League save.

The lone New York run came on a single by former Nat Asdrubal Cabrera into center field that scored Jose Reyes in the sixth.

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