Gonzalez allows 2 hits as Nationals snap Angels' streak

WASHINGTON (AP) Gio Gonzalez didn't have much time to worry about an infield single ending another no-hit bid. Not with Mike Trout and Albert Pujols due up.

Gonzalez shook off a single up the middle by Trout, walked Pujols and was saved by Daniel Murphy's leaping catch at second base. Six innings of two-hit baseball from Gonzalez was more than enough for the Washington Nationals to snap the Los Angeles Angels' winning streak at six with a 3-1 victory Tuesday night.

For the second time in three starts, Gonzalez (11-5) flirted with a no-hitter. He had one through eight innings July 31 in Miami, and against the Angels he lowered his home ERA to a major league-best 1.79 while striking out four and walking three.

''He has been giving us the opportunity to win games because he gets outs when he needs them,'' said outfielder Howie Kendrick, who hit two solo home runs two days after a walkoff grand slam against San Francisco. ''Ground balls, double plays and he has been commanding the ball really well. Making pitches that he needed, striking guys out, I mean that's what you need from your starters.''

Gonzalez has developed consistency that was lacking earlier in his career this season throwing to catcher Matt Wieters and could give the Nationals an underappreciated third starter in the playoffs behind Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. Manager Dusty Baker doesn't want the left-hander thinking that far ahead, and he isn't because he came close to unraveling in the sixth

''I think that's just letting Murphy talk to you and then letting Murphy make the play,'' Gonzalez said. ''If it wasn't for his play, it's a different ballgame. We wouldn't be talking with so much smiling. We'd be talking with more `Got to make a better pitch.'''

Gonzalez and relievers Matt Albers, Brandon Kintzler and Sean Doolittle made enough good pitches to hand the Angels their first loss since Aug. 7. Lefty Tyler Skaggs (1-3) allowed the two home runs to Kendrick among his seven hits in five innings and struck out six, while Cliff Pennington hit a home run in the eighth - the first run Kintzler has allowed since a trade from Minnesota to Washington.

After climbing into the second AL wild-card spot with the winning streak, the Angels hope they can maintain their winning ways in a crowded group of teams.

''It's one game,'' Skaggs said. ''Definitely you want to go out there and keep the ball rolling.''

TROUT FEELS FOR HARPER

After Trout missed six weeks earlier this season with a torn ligament in his left thumb, the Angels center fielder is glad Bryce Harper's knee injury isn't as bad as it looked. Harper, who slipped on a wet first base on Saturday night, avoided any ligament or tendon damage.

Trout said ''it's good for baseball'' that Harper will be back this season and isn't seriously injured.

''It was obviously a scary thing,'' Trout said. ''You see a guy do that, it's scary. You think of the worst. But you hope the best comes out of it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Manager Mike Scioscia said LHP Andrew Heaney, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, was scheduled to throw a bullpen session and could join the rotation as soon as this weekend if things go well. ... Scioscia he was ''pretty comfortable'' that RHP Garrett Richards, out since April with a biceps strain, would pitch again this season.

Nationals: RHP Ryan Madson wasn't available because of a blister. ... After Strasburg struck out five in five innings of a minor league rehab start Monday night, Baker said if things go well his next start could be in the majors. Strasburg would be lined up to face the Padres in his hometown of San Diego this weekend. ... OF Brian Goodwin (groin) wasn't in uniform Tuesday, but Baker said he wasn't sure about a trip to the DL. ... SS Trea Turner took batting practice for the first time since breaking his right wrist in late June.

UP NEXT

RHP Ricky Nolasco (5-12, 5.24 ERA) starts for the Angels against Nationals RHP Tanner Roark (9-7, 4.74) in the finale to the brief interleague series.

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  • W: G. Gonzalez (11-5)L: T. Skaggs (1-3)S: S. Doolittle (12)
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C. Maybin LF40100010.234.334.356.6910.5
M. Trout CF30100110.341.468.6861.1541.5
A. Pujols 1B20000201.229.274.374.6482.0
J. Marte 3B40000014.167.268.300.568-0.5
A. Simmons SS40000010.298.352.453.805-0.5
M. Maldonado C30000010.231.298.386.684-0.5
K. Calhoun RF30000000.240.318.367.6850.0
T. Skaggs P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
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A. Bailey P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Pennington 2B31111010.252.311.325.6365.5
  • a-grounded out for Skaggs in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Paredes in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
H. Kendrick LF42222020.351.401.519.92011.0
W. Difo SS30100100.276.339.381.7202.0
D. Murphy 2B40200001.332.385.576.9613.0
R. Zimmerman 1B40000013.307.355.579.934-0.5
A. Rendon 3B41300002.303.406.556.9625.0
M. Wieters C40000024.239.289.367.656-1.0
M. Taylor CF40100013.277.318.502.820-0.5
A. Stevenson RF20000122.172.200.172.3720.0
G. Gonzalez P20000003.115.148.115.2640.0
a- P. Severino PH10000001.286.286.429.7140.0
M. Albers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for G. Gonzalez in the 6th
BATTING
  • HR - C. Pennington (2)
  • RBI - C. Pennington (14)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Murphy (36), A. Rendon (27)
  • HR - H. Kendrick 2 (6)
  • RBI - H. Kendrick 2 (27)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - M. Taylor (4)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Pujols (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Skaggs (L, 1-3)5.07222623.631.392.0
B. Norris1.01110104.701.301.5
E. Paredes1.00000101.500.673.5
A. Bailey1.01000000.000.252.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Skaggs (L, 1-3)5.0
B. Norris1.0
E. Paredes1.0
A. Bailey1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez (W, 11-5)6.02003402.491.1325.0
M. Albers1.00000001.990.973.0
B. Kintzler1.01110212.531.092.0
S. Doolittle (S, 12)1.00000103.150.8210.5
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez (W, 11-5)6.0
M. Albers1.0
B. Kintzler1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 12)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Norris (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 91-58, B. Norris 20-9, E. Paredes 8-7, A. Bailey 7-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 4-3, B. Norris 1-2, E. Paredes 1-1, A. Bailey 1-2
  • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 22, B. Norris 5, E. Paredes 3, A. Bailey 4
PITCHING
  • WP - G. Gonzalez (5)
  • IBB - G. Gonzalez (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 91-49, M. Albers 8-4, B. Kintzler 16-11, S. Doolittle 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 8-5, M. Albers 2-1, B. Kintzler 1-0, S. Doolittle 2-0
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 22, M. Albers 3, B. Kintzler 4, S. Doolittle 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Maybin LF40100010.234.334.356.6910.5
M. Trout CF30100110.341.468.6861.1541.5
A. Pujols 1B20000201.229.274.374.6482.0
J. Marte 3B40000014.167.268.300.568-0.5
A. Simmons SS40000010.298.352.453.805-0.5
M. Maldonado C30000010.231.298.386.684-0.5
K. Calhoun RF30000000.240.318.367.6850.0
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A. Bailey P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Pennington 2B31111010.252.311.325.6365.5
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  • a-grounded out for Skaggs in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Paredes in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
H. Kendrick LF42222020.351.401.519.92011.0
W. Difo SS30100100.276.339.381.7202.0
D. Murphy 2B40200001.332.385.576.9613.0
R. Zimmerman 1B40000013.307.355.579.934-0.5
A. Rendon 3B41300002.303.406.556.9625.0
M. Wieters C40000024.239.289.367.656-1.0
M. Taylor CF40100013.277.318.502.820-0.5
A. Stevenson RF20000122.172.200.172.3720.0
G. Gonzalez P20000003.115.148.115.2640.0
a- P. Severino PH10000001.286.286.429.7140.0
M. Albers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for G. Gonzalez in the 6th
BATTING
  • HR - C. Pennington (2)
  • RBI - C. Pennington (14)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Murphy (36), A. Rendon (27)
  • HR - H. Kendrick 2 (6)
  • RBI - H. Kendrick 2 (27)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - M. Taylor (4)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Pujols (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Skaggs (L, 1-3)5.07222623.631.392.0
B. Norris1.01110104.701.301.5
E. Paredes1.00000101.500.673.5
A. Bailey1.01000000.000.252.0
Total----------
PITCHERSIP
T. Skaggs (L, 1-3)5.0
B. Norris1.0
E. Paredes1.0
A. Bailey1.0
Total-
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez (W, 11-5)6.02003402.491.1325.0
M. Albers1.00000001.990.973.0
B. Kintzler1.01110212.531.092.0
S. Doolittle (S, 12)1.00000103.150.8210.5
Total----------
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez (W, 11-5)6.0
M. Albers1.0
B. Kintzler1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 12)1.0
Total-
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Norris (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 91-58, B. Norris 20-9, E. Paredes 8-7, A. Bailey 7-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 4-3, B. Norris 1-2, E. Paredes 1-1, A. Bailey 1-2
  • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 22, B. Norris 5, E. Paredes 3, A. Bailey 4
PITCHING
  • WP - G. Gonzalez (5)
  • IBB - G. Gonzalez (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 91-49, M. Albers 8-4, B. Kintzler 16-11, S. Doolittle 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 8-5, M. Albers 2-1, B. Kintzler 1-0, S. Doolittle 2-0
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 22, M. Albers 3, B. Kintzler 4, S. Doolittle 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Pennington homered to center13
  • 6TH INNING
    Wieters safe at first on Pujols fielding error, Rendon scored03
  • 5TH INNING
    Kendrick homered to right center02
  • 3RD INNING
    Kendrick homered to left center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Sean Doolittle relieved Brandon Kintzler
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Marte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • A. Simmons: Simmons grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Brandon Kintzler relieved Matt Albers
    • Kaleb Cowart hit for Eduardo Paredes
    • K. Cowart: Strike looking, Foul, Cowart grounded out to second
    • C. Pennington: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pennington homered to center
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Maybin struck out looking
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Trout struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Andrew Bailey pitching
    • R. Zimmerman: Foul, Strike looking, Zimmerman flied out to center
    • A. Rendon: Rendon singled to left
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Wieters grounded out to second, Rendon to second
    • M. Taylor: Taylor flied out to right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Matt Albers pitching
    • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Simmons grounded out to third
    • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Calhoun flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Eduardo Paredes relieved Bud Norris
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Kendrick struck out looking
    • W. Difo: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Difo grounded out to first
    • D. Murphy: Murphy flied out to deep center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Ben Revere hit for Tyler Skaggs
    • B. Revere: Ball, Revere grounded out to second
    • C. Pennington: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pennington struck out looking
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Maybin reached on an infield single to second
    • M. Trout: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Trout singled to center, Maybin to second
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Maybin to third, Trout to second on wild pitch, Ball, Pujols intentionally walked
    • J. Marte: Ball, Marte lined out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Bud Norris pitching
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Foul, Rendon singled to left center
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Rendon to second on wild pitch, Ball, Wieters safe at first on Pujols fielding error, Rendon scored
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Taylor flied out to deep right
    • A. Stevenson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Stevenson struck out on foul tip
    • Pedro Severino hit for Gio Gonzalez
    • P. Severino: Ball, Severino flied out to deep center
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Simmons struck out looking
    • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maldonado flied out to center
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Skaggs Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Kendrick homered to right center
    • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Difo walked
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Murphy grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Difo out at second
    • R. Zimmerman: Zimmerman grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Maybin grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Trout grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pujols walked
    • J. Marte: Strike swinging, Ball, Marte reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Pujols out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Skaggs Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Taylor singled to shallow center
    • A. Stevenson: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Stevenson struck out on foul tip
    • G. Gonzalez: Foul, Gonzalez fouled out to catcher
    • H. Kendrick: Pickoff attempt, Taylor picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop to pitcher
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Calhoun grounded out to second
    • T. Skaggs: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Skaggs struck out looking
    • C. Pennington: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pennington flied out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Skaggs Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Kendrick homered to left center
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Ball, Difo singled to left
    • D. Murphy: Murphy singled to left, Difo to third
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmerman struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Rendon popped out to shortstop
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Wieters struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • J. Marte: Ball, Ball, Marte popped out to first
    • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Simmons grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Maldonado struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Skaggs Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rendon doubled to left
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Wieters struck out looking
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • A. Stevenson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Stevenson walked
    • G. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • C. Maybin: Maybin grounded out to third
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Trout walked
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pujols grounded into double play third to second to first, Trout out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Skaggs Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kendrick struck out looking
    • W. Difo: Difo grounded out to third
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Murphy doubled to deep right
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Zimmerman flied out to right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)