Gonzalez leads Nationals

Posted: April 05, 2013

LEFTHANDER GIO Gonzalez homered, providing all the offense necessary to back his six scoreless innings, and the Washington Nationals beat the visiting Miami Marlins, 3-0, Wednesday night.

Gonzalez (1-0), a 21-game winner in 2012 who finished third in NL Cy Young Award voting, allowed only two hits, along with five strikeouts and two walks.

His solo shot to leftfield off Kevin Slowey (0-1) came with one out in the fifth. Slowey gave up one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Nationals leftfielder Bryce Harper, who hit two home runs in the opener, went 2-for-4 with a double.

In other NL games * 

At New York, David Wright, Lucas Duda and John Bucks each hit two-run homers and Matt Harvey allowed one hit and struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings to lead the Mets over the San Diego Padres, 8-4.

* At Pittsburgh, Wandy Rodriguez gave up two hits and struck out six over 6 2/3 innings as the Pirates shutout the Chicago Cubs, 3-0.

Andrew McCutchen had an RBI double and scored a run.

* At Milwaukee, Wilin Rosario and Michael Cuddyer each hit two-run homers to lead the Colorado Rockies over the Brewers, 7-3.

In AL games * 

At Houston, Lance Berkman doubled in a run to lead the Texas Rangers to a 4-0 win over the Astros, a day after Yu Darvish came within one out of a perfect game.

* At Chicago, Adam Dunn hit one of the White Sox's four homers in a 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals.

* At Minneapolis, Eduardo Escobar's two-run double with one out in the ninth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers.

* At Tampa, Fla., Matt Joyce's walkoff homer led the Rays to an 8-7 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

* At New York, Jacoby Ellsbury knocked in two runs and Shane Victorino went 2-for-5 with an RBI to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Yankees, 7-4.

Yankees righthander Hiroki Kuroda left in the second inning with a 2-0 deficit, four batters after Victorino's line drive bruised the middle finger of his pitching hand.

* At Toronto, Mark Reynolds hit a tiebreaking home run in the 11th inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the Blue Jays, 3-2.

In interleague play * 

At Cincinnati, Joye Votto hit a walkoff single to lead the Reds over the Los Angeles Angels, 5-4.

Brandon Phillips hit a three-run homer in the fourth for the Reds.

Noteworthy * 

New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana has had shoulder surgery for the second time in 31 months.

The Mets said the 34-year-old lefthander was operated on Tuesday and is likely to miss the entire season for the second time in 3 years.

* Cincinnati outfielder Ryan Ludwick is expected to miss at least 3 months following surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right shoulder. He dislocated his non-throwing shoulder while sliding into third base in Cincinnati's opening loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.

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