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Suzuki's 4 RBI helps Nats clobber Giants

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Gio Gonzalez makes friends easily, and he showed why on Monday night after the Washington Nationals' blowout victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Before he discussed anything he did on the mound, Gonzalez took time to acknowledge the run support his teammates gave him.

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Kurt Suzuki drove in four runs, Danny Espinosa and Roger Bernadina each knocked in three, and the Nationals routed the Giants 14-2 in a matchup of NL division leaders.

"Most importantly they came up big and gave me something to work with," Gonzalez said. "My thought from the get-go was just to maintain, especially with the pitcher they had today. He's not an easy guy to go out there and get a couple of runs off of, and right off the bat these guys are swinging the bat. Can't complain with some runs."

Gonzalez (15-6) tied a Nationals record for wins in a season, boosted by Washington's highest-scoring game of the season.

"I just tried to pound the strike zone," Gonzalez said. "Last inning started wearing on me a little bit, but that's why you have a great bullpen, to clean up my mess."

The Nationals led 14-0 in the fifth inning and won for the 11th time in 13 games. They are 7-1 on this road trip.

"The boys are in a good mood," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "Just like the skipper. It was fun to watch the offense. We beat up on a pretty good pitcher."

NL ERA leader Ryan Vogelsong (10-6) allowed eight runs and nine hits in 2 2-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

Pinch hitter Brandon Crawford homered and drove in both runs for the Giants, who have lost three of five. San Francisco dropped into a tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West lead.

"There's not a whole lot to say," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "What could go wrong went wrong and they made some pretty good contact. They placed the ball well and we couldn't stop it."

Gonzalez returned to the Bay Area for the first time since the Oakland Athletics traded him to the Nationals during the offseason. He won his second straight after going 1-3 in his five previous starts.

Gonzalez gave up two runs and six hits over 6 2-3 innings.

Every Nationals position player, with the exception of late-inning replacement Cesar Izturis, either scored a run, drove in a run or got a hit. Bernadina had four of Washington's 21 hits, and Steve Lombardozzi, Ryan Zimmerman, Espinosa and Suzuki each had three. Suzuki's three-run double capped a seven-run third that made it 8-0.

"You play the game the right way and you get rewarded for it," Zimmerman said. "We just got some big hits and that was it."

The 21 hits were most by a visiting team at AT&T Park.

Vogelsong ended up with the fourth-best ERA in the NL. Of the 19 batters he faced, 11 reached base. He hadn't pitched fewer than six innings in any of his previous starts this season, and hadn't allowed more than two runs in his 11 previous home starts.

"Sometimes the ball doesn't bounce your way, it's part of the game," Vogelsong said. "I felt like I made the pitches I wanted to make with the exception of the fastball to Suzuki. That's the only ball I left over the middle of the plate."

Washington has won 13 of 14 road games and owns the best road winning percentage in the majors. The Nationals have scored a major-league best 170 runs since the All-Star break. The Giants are second with 153. The Nationals have outscored San Francisco 38-14 in four games, all wins, this season.

Notes

  • Giants INF Pablo Sandoval (hamstring strain) was activated from the DL. IF Brett Pill was optioned to Triple-A.
  • OF Jayson Werth was a late scratch for the Nationals because of an ankle injury. He will undergo an MRI on Tuesday.
  • LHP Madison Bumgarner (12-7, 3.08) pitches for the Giants on Tuesday night. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (9-6, 2.35) goes for the Nationals. He has eight wins against the NL West and seven against the NL East. He took over the NL lead in ERA.
  • Michael Morse, who left early with a swollen thumb, extended his hitting streak to 11 games for the Nationals.
  • Giants manager Bruce Bochy was ejected in the top of the second by first base umpire Jerry Layne.
  • The Nationals were 10 of 20 with runners in scoring position.
 
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Danny Espinosa is one of three Nationals to drive in at least three runs against the Giants. (US Presswire)
Danny Espinosa is one of three Nationals to drive in at least three runs against the Giants. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Washington

D. Espinosa
AB 6
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
Washington

R. Bernadina
AB 6
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B5230102 .275
Bryce Harper, CF6220023 .251
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5231011 .282
   a- Cesar Izturis, PH-3B1000002 .242
Adam LaRoche, 1B4101121 .264
    Tom Gorzelanny, P1000000 .400
Michael Morse, RF2211101 .301
   b- Tyler Moore, PH-RF1100200 .291
Danny Espinosa, SS6343011 .250
Roger Bernadina, LF6143011 .296
Kurt Suzuki, C6034002 .218
Gio Gonzalez, P4000033 .106
    Chad Tracy, 1B1010000 .281
Totals48142113510  
a-fouled out for Zimmerman in the 8th
b-walked for Morse in the 5th
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (27, Vogelsong), Roger Bernadina (10, Penny), Kurt Suzuki 2 (17, Vogelsong, Mijares), Chad Tracy (5, Casilla)
HR - Danny Espinosa (12, Penny)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (66), Adam LaRoche (76), Michael Morse (40), Danny Espinosa 3 (42), Roger Bernadina 3 (22), Kurt Suzuki 4 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Danny Espinosa 2 (23)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Bryce Harper 1
PB - Kurt Suzuki (5)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gio Gonzalez (W,15-6) 6.2622241 3.29
Tom Gorzelanny 2.1200130 3.21
WP - Tom Gorzelanny (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 99-64, Tom Gorzelanny 43-28
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 10-5, Tom Gorzelanny 1-3
Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 27, Tom Gorzelanny 10
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF2010000 .279
   a- Gregor Blanco, PH-CF2000121 .232
Marco Scutaro, 3B4010002 .276
Melky Cabrera, LF4010011 .347
Buster Posey, C2010000 .332
    Hector Sanchez, C2000002 .274
Hunter Pence, RF3000123 .256
Ryan Theriot, 2B4110004 .267
Brandon Belt, 1B4010002 .260
Joaquin Arias, SS3010112 .263
Ryan Vogelsong, P0000000 .073
    Brad Penny, P1000000 .000
    Jose Mijares, P1000010 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   b- Brandon Crawford, PH1112000 .243
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
    George Kontos, P0000000 .000
   c- Pablo Sandoval, PH1000001 .298
Totals3428237  
a-walked for Pagan in the 5th
b-homered for Affeldt in the 7th
c-fouled out for Kontos in the 9th
Batting
2B - Angel Pagan (22, G. Gonzalez)
HR - Brandon Crawford (4, G. Gonzalez)
RBI - Brandon Crawford 2 (35)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Crawford 2 (7)
Team LOB - 8
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Vogelsong (L,10-6) 2.2988250 2.72
Brad Penny 2766211 6.86
Jose Mijares 1.1100020 2.38
Jeremy Affeldt 1100020 2.51
Santiago Casilla 1200000 3.27
George Kontos 1100100 2.33
WP - Brad Penny (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 62-42, Brad Penny 45-30, Jose Mijares 21-15, Jeremy Affeldt 11-8, Santiago Casilla 16-11, George Kontos 22-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 1-2, Brad Penny 3-2, Jose Mijares 1-1, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, Santiago Casilla 1-2, George Kontos 2-1
Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 19, Brad Penny 15, Jose Mijares 5, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Santiago Casilla 5, George Kontos 5
Game Information
Attendance - 42050
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Larry Vanover