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VIERA, Fla. (AP) - After an extended spring training, a trip to the World Baseball Classic and four more innings of work on Thursday, Gio Gonzalez is ready for the regular season to begin.

"My stuff is packed," the Washington Nationals left-hander said. "I'm ready to jump on that plane and head back to D.C."

Although Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Gonzalez was a little "lethargic" on Thursday, the left-hander dominated his final spring start, allowing one hit over four shutout innings and striking out seven in a 5-1 Washington victory.

Gonzalez, who went 21-8 last season, is slated to start Washington's second game on April 3 at home against the Miami Marlins.

"Still trying to get that arm strength back, trying to build velocity and this and that," the 27-year-old said. "I felt like as the innings went on, my arm felt better. It just started getting stronger and stronger . but one step at a time."

In addition to making spring starts with the Nationals, Gonzalez also started one game for Team USA in the WBC, beating Puerto Rico in a game played in Miami, near his hometown of Hialeah, Fla.

Gonzalez was followed by three relievers Thursday, including closer Rafael Soriano, who pitched for the second straight day, walking one and striking out two. The Nationals held the Mets to just two hits.

"Gio pulled it together but he didn't feel all that great," Johnson said. "But he threw the ball all right. It was just a lethargic kind of deal. He had a great spring and it was nice to see Soriano. Looks like he's getting closer.

A day after being held out of the lineup because of inflammation in his left thumb, left fielder Bryce Harper played. He had a single an RBI on a sacrifice fly.

Adam LaRoche and Danny Espinosa both hit solo home runs in a four-run second inning for the Nationals.

New York second baseman Daniel Murphy had one of the Mets' two hits - a first-inning bloop single - in his first Grapefruit League game.

Murphy, who had been bothered by a strained right intercostal muscle, went 1 for 3 and even slid into second base after tagging up on a deep fly ball to center field in the first inning.

"I wanted to try to get in scoring position," Murphy said. "Even if I get thrown out, I felt like it was the right play. I didn't think I was going to tackle second base, but I made it."

Despite the lack of at-bats this spring, Murphy was happy with the way he performed at the plate on Thursday, especially against a hard-throwing lefty like Gonzalez.

"I actually was pleasantly surprised by how far along I was, and not even on the base hit. That was trash," Murphy said. "The line out (in my second at-bat) was a good swing. It was a good at-bat, especially off of Gio."

It seemed like a long shot earlier this spring, but Murphy believes he will be ready for opening day, and said he didn't even think about his injury during Thursday's game.

"That was the good thing about today," he said. "I didn't feel it at all. I was able to just play the game. Now, I'll just use these next two days to get my legs underneath me as much as possible."

NOTES: LHP J.C. Romero will accompany the team back to Washington D.C. for Friday's exhibition game against the New York Yankees. Barring injury to anyone else on the staff, he will then head to Syracuse to join the organization's Triple-A affiliate .. The team was also expected to reassign INF/OF Micah Owings and 3B Carlos Rivero to their minor league camp, which would leave the Nationals with their 25-man roster - and a bullpen that has only one left hander, long man Zach Duke. . RHP Henry Rodriguez has apparently made the team despite being wild this spring. Rodriguez did not throw winter ball because of elbow surgery and was sidelined earlier in camp because of elbow tenderness. He is expected to pitch Friday against the Yankees in what could be his final test to see if he's ready for the regular season. . Jayson Werth, who was hit by a pitch on the elbow Wednesday, did not play on Thursday. However, Johnson said the right fielder was fine and should be in the lineup Friday against the Yankees ... New York RHP Jeremy Hefner, who took a one-hopper off his elbow on Tuesday will try to throw an inning on Friday when the Mets face the St. Louis Cardinals . 3B David Wright went 0 for 4 with two walks in a minor league game on Thursday. Wright, who is recovering from a strained intercostal muscle, wants to play in Friday's game against the Cardinals, but will have to be cleared by team doctors first.

 
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Washington

A. LaRoche
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
New York

A. Recker
AB 2
R 0
H 0
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Collin Cowgill, LF2000010 .306
    Josh Edgin, P0000000 .000
   a- Josh Rodriguez, PH-2B1000000 .286
Daniel Murphy, 2B3010010 .333
    Jeurys Familia, P0000000 .000
    Robert Carson, P0000000 .000
   b- Darrell Ceciliani, PH1000001 .500
    Jeffrey Walters, P0000000 .000
Lucas Duda, 1B3000010 .271
    Rhyne Hughes, 1B1000010 .000
Mike Baxter, RF2000210 .178
Zach Lutz, 3B2100122 .317
    Josh Satin, 3B1000001 .556
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF3010121 .094
Anthony Recker, C2001011 .321
Omar Quintanilla, SS3000012 .213
Domingo Tapia, P1000011 .000
    Greg Burke, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   c- Jordany Valdespin, PH-LF2000010 .323
Totals27121413  
a-grounded out for Edgin in the 6th
b-grounded into a double play for Carson in the 8th
c-grounded out for Feliciano in the 5th
Batting
SF - Anthony Recker (1)
RBI - Anthony Recker (5)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Quintanilla-Rodriguez
E - Omar Quintanilla (3, Misplayed grounder), Anthony Recker (1, Throwing), Jordany Valdespin (3, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Domingo Tapia (L,0-1) 2444222 18.00
Greg Burke 1.2000010 5.14
Pedro Feliciano 0.1100000 1.59
Josh Edgin 1000010 3.09
Jeurys Familia 1000010 2.19
Robert Carson 1210110 4.97
Jeffrey Walters 1000010 0.00
WP - Domingo Tapia 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Domingo Tapia 23-15, Greg Burke 7-7, Pedro Feliciano 4-4, Josh Edgin 5-5, Jeurys Familia 5-5, Robert Carson 10-6, Jeffrey Walters 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Domingo Tapia 2-3, Greg Burke 2-2, Pedro Feliciano 1-1, Josh Edgin 2-0, Jeurys Familia 1-1, Jeffrey Walters 1-1
Batters Faced - Domingo Tapia 13, Greg Burke 5, Pedro Feliciano 3, Josh Edgin 3, Jeurys Familia 3, Robert Carson 5, Jeffrey Walters 3
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF2011000 .220
    Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B1000000 .190
   a- Josh Johnson, PH-2B1000010 .000
Roger Bernadina, RF-CF2110210 .273
Bryce Harper, LF1011000 .484
    Tyler Moore, 1B2010002 .238
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B2000013 .296
    Chad Tracy, 3B1000000 .261
    Jeff Howell, C10100001.000
Adam LaRoche, 1B2111010 .196
    Micah Owings, LF2000002 .324
Ian Desmond, SS2000000 .266
    Carlos Rivero, SS2000010 .157
Danny Espinosa, 2B2111000 .347
    J.R. Higley, RF2000020 .000
Kurt Suzuki, C2100100 .270
    Neil Holland, P0000000 .000
   b- Sean Nicol, PH1000000 .000
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
Gio Gonzalez, P0100000 .000
   c- Jerad Head, PH1000000 .000
    Craig Stammen, P0000000 .000
   d- Mike Costanzo, PH-3B1000000 .400
Totals3057437  
a-struck out for Lombardozzi in the 7th
b-grounded out for Holland in the 8th
c-popped out for G. Gonzalez in the 4th
d-fouled out for Stammen in the 6th
Batting
HR - Adam LaRoche (4, Tapia), Danny Espinosa (2, Tapia)
SF - Bryce Harper (1)
SH - Gio Gonzalez (2)
RBI - Denard Span (1), Bryce Harper (15), Adam LaRoche (7), Danny Espinosa (10)
SB - Stephen Lombardozzi (1, 3rd base off Feliciano/Recker), Roger Bernadina (1, 2nd base off Feliciano/Recker), Bryce Harper (6, 3rd base off Tapia/Recker)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Moore
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gio Gonzalez (W,3-0) 4100270 1.50
Craig Stammen (H,1) 2000020 5.74
Neil Holland (H,1) 2111120 4.50
Rafael Soriano 1000120 8.10
HBP - Rodriguez (by Neil Holland)
WP - Gio Gonzalez (1), Neil Holland (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 36-27, Craig Stammen 10-10, Neil Holland 16-10, Rafael Soriano 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 2-3, Craig Stammen 4-0, Neil Holland 2-1, Rafael Soriano 1-0
Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 15, Craig Stammen 6, Neil Holland 8, Rafael Soriano 4
Game Information
Attendance - 6922
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Chris Segal