Gio and Nationals Rout Marlins

Gio Gonzalez went an easy seven innings as the Nationals scored nine runs for him in a 9-0 rout of the Marlins.  Gio gave up just three hits and walked three.  Once he survived the first two innings he did not allow a runner to pass first base.

In the opening frame a two out walk to Giancarlo Stanton followed by a Justin Ruggiano single put runners on first and second with two out.  Placido Polanco flied out to right to end the inning.  In the second inning the Marlins loaded the bases with two outs but Ed Lucas flied out to center. 

Bryce Harper got the Nationals bats going in the fourth with a 2-run homer off Tom KoehlerJayson Werth added to that lead in the sixth when he extended his arms and parked a pitch mid level into the left field bleachers to extend the Nationals lead to 5-0.  Ian Desmond hit the last National homerun with a high shot into left field for a base hit ultimately leading to a 3-run homer to make the score 9-0.

The Nationals went with Tanner Roark to close out the last two innings.  He retired nine of ten hitters allowing only an infield single to Adeiny Hechevarria in the ninth inning.

Game Notes: Not a lot to discuss about this game.  The Nationals 2 through five hitters all had two or more hits, with Ian Desmond and Ryan Zimmerman getting three hits each.   Zimmerman finished a perfect 3 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored.  He should have scored a third run but Jake Marisnick gunned him down from center field in the seventh inning.    

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