Gonzalez, Nationals beat rookie Lamet, Padres 4-1

SAN DIEGO (AP) Gio Gonzalez did his best to save the Washington Nationals' bullpen, which was down to four available pitchers Sunday afternoon.

Gonzalez almost made it through seven innings before manager Dusty Baker decided the left-hander had gone far enough on 121 pitches. Gonzalez allowed only five singles and struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings to lead the Nationals to a 4-1 victory against the San Diego Padres.

The NL East-leading Nationals won three of four against the rebuilding Padres.

''That was big. He took one for the team,'' Baker said. ''We needed him to go as deep as he did. We needed some innings so that was an outstanding performance by Gio.''

It wasn't easy, either, because Gonzalez (12-5) threw 32 pitches in the first inning, when he allowed a run on two singles and shortstop Wilmer Difo's throwing error.

''Pitch count was up, but you learn there's always that one time you're going to have to probably pitch one more, save one more out or one more inning for the bullpen,'' he said. ''These guys have been working hard for us. I don't mind going out there and constantly keep throwing. Again, we have such a great bullpen that this day off is going to be huge for us.''

Gonzalez retired 15 of his last 18 batters, including eight straight until allowing a single to Manuel Margot with two outs in the seventh. Baker then turned to Joe Blanton, who struck out Jabari Blash to end the inning.

''I tried my best to give them seven,'' Gonzalez said. ''It was nice to see Joe go out there and get an out.''

Gonzalez walked only one.

''He's been great all year,'' San Diego manager Andy Green said. ''His command is as good as I've seen it. The breaking ball was coming from back door all day.''

Sean Doolittle struck out the side in the ninth for his 11th save.

The Nationals are off Monday, which will give the staff time to rest. The bullpen was stressed because Max Scherzer was scratched from his scheduled start Friday night due to a sore neck. Including that night, when reliever Matt Grace made an emergency start and went 4 1/3 innings, the Nationals' bullpen worked 13 innings in the first three games of the series.

The Nationals' only loss in the series was Saturday night, when Stephen Strasburg looked good in his return from almost a month on the disabled list but took the 3-1 loss after allowing a two-run home run to Yangervis Solarte in the first inning.

''This series, the bullpen was absolutely unbelievable, and the starting pitching,'' Washington second baseman Daniel Murphy said. ''We didn't necessarily swing the bats as well as we'd like, but the pitching staff did an unbelievable job. They're the reason we won the series.''

Murphy drove in two runs as the Nationals took advantage of rookie Dinelson Lamet's struggles.

Lamet (7-5) labored through 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and three hits while walking a season-high six and striking out eight. He walked three in the third inning, when Murphy hit a sacrifice fly to tie it at 1. Consecutive walks loaded the bases with two outs before Lamet struck out Anthony Rendon.

Lamet struggled again in the fifth, when the Nationals scored twice. Alejandro De Aza beat out a bunt for a leadoff single, stole second and scored on Murphy's one-out single to right. Buddy Baumann relieved Lamet with two outs and allowed Adam Lind's RBI double to center.

Green said he looked two ways at Lamet's performance.

''One, you realize how good he can be. He walked six guys and effectively gave up one run through the first four innings. Very few pitchers can do that against a good offensive lineup. On the flip side of it, you can't walk six guys and expect to win a baseball game.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: OF Jayson Werth (bruised left foot) and SS Trea Turner (broken right wrist) are scheduled to begin rehab assignments with Triple-A Syracuse.

UP NEXT

Nationals: After a day off, RHP Tanner Roark (9-8, 4.70 ERA) is scheduled to open a three game series at Houston, which will counter with RHP Charlie Morton (10-5, 3.69).

Padres: After a day off, LHP Clayton Richard (6-12, 4.84) is scheduled to start the opener of a three-game series at St. Louis, which will counter with RHP Lance Lynn (10-6, 3.05).

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  • W: G. Gonzalez (12-5)L: D. Lamet (7-5)S: S. Doolittle (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. De Aza RF-LF41100113.125.200.125.3254.5
W. Difo SS50200012.279.340.385.7253.5
D. Murphy 2B31120101.325.381.561.9425.0
R. Zimmerman 1B40000123.307.358.584.9420.0
A. Lind LF20110200.305.359.497.8575.0
E. Jackson PR01000000.091.091.091.1821.0
A. Stevenson RF00000000.162.184.162.3460.0
A. Rendon 3B40000035.298.403.543.946-1.5
M. Wieters C20000210.231.287.356.6431.5
M. Taylor CF40000033.266.310.476.786-1.5
G. Gonzalez P21000110.111.158.111.2691.5
J. Blanton P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
a- H. Kendrick PH10010002.342.394.515.9091.0
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Blanton in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Margot CF30100111.265.307.425.7321.5
J. Blash RF41100014.220.350.378.7281.5
J. Pirela LF40100011.295.346.512.8580.5
Y. Solarte 2B40000003.265.338.422.7590.0
W. Myers 1B40000002.237.323.456.7792.0
C. Spangenberg 3B40000032.275.328.429.757-1.5
H. Sanchez C40100020.250.277.531.8080.0
D. Coleman SS40100021.259.281.537.8180.0
D. Lamet P20000012.074.074.074.148-0.5
B. Baumann P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Stammen P0000-000.400.571.600.000-
J. Torres P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
a- L. Torrens PH10000010.176.246.222.468-0.5
P. Maton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Capps P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Torres in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Difo 2 (6), A. Lind (11)
  • SF - D. Murphy (3)
  • RBI - D. Murphy 2 (81), A. Lind (42), H. Kendrick (30)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Lind (13)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. De Aza
BASERUNNING
  • SB - W. Myers (15)
FIELDING
  • E - A. De Aza, W. Difo (6), R. Zimmerman (12)
FIELDING
  • E - D. Coleman (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez (W, 12-5)6.25101802.391.1226.0
J. Blanton (H, 4)0.10000106.751.560.5
B. Kintzler (H, 5)1.00000002.441.053.0
S. Doolittle (S, 14)1.00000302.970.7711.5
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez (W, 12-5)6.2
J. Blanton (H, 4)0.1
B. Kintzler (H, 5)1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 14)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Lamet (L, 7-5)4.23336804.841.19-1.0
B. Baumann0.01000001.931.29-1.0
C. Stammen1.10000303.601.184.5
J. Torres1.01000104.811.192.5
P. Maton1.00102004.401.121.0
C. Capps1.000000012.712.123.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Lamet (L, 7-5)4.2
B. Baumann0.0
C. Stammen1.1
J. Torres1.0
P. Maton1.0
C. Capps1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 121-74, J. Blanton 3-3, B. Kintzler 11-8, S. Doolittle 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 6-8, B. Kintzler 3-0
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 28, J. Blanton, B. Kintzler 3, S. Doolittle 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Lamet 94-52, B. Baumann 2-2, C. Stammen 16-12, J. Torres 22-15, P. Maton 27-14, C. Capps 9-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Lamet 3-2, P. Maton 2-2, C. Capps 3-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Lamet 22, B. Baumann, C. Stammen 4, J. Torres 4, P. Maton 6, C. Capps 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. De Aza RF-LF41100113.125.200.125.3254.5
W. Difo SS50200012.279.340.385.7253.5
D. Murphy 2B31120101.325.381.561.9425.0
R. Zimmerman 1B40000123.307.358.584.9420.0
A. Lind LF20110200.305.359.497.8575.0
E. Jackson PR01000000.091.091.091.1821.0
A. Stevenson RF00000000.162.184.162.3460.0
A. Rendon 3B40000035.298.403.543.946-1.5
M. Wieters C20000210.231.287.356.6431.5
M. Taylor CF40000033.266.310.476.786-1.5
G. Gonzalez P21000110.111.158.111.2691.5
J. Blanton P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
a- H. Kendrick PH10010002.342.394.515.9091.0
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Blanton in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Margot CF30100111.265.307.425.7321.5
J. Blash RF41100014.220.350.378.7281.5
J. Pirela LF40100011.295.346.512.8580.5
Y. Solarte 2B40000003.265.338.422.7590.0
W. Myers 1B40000002.237.323.456.7792.0
C. Spangenberg 3B40000032.275.328.429.757-1.5
H. Sanchez C40100020.250.277.531.8080.0
D. Coleman SS40100021.259.281.537.8180.0
D. Lamet P20000012.074.074.074.148-0.5
B. Baumann P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Stammen P0000-000.400.571.600.000-
J. Torres P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
a- L. Torrens PH10000010.176.246.222.468-0.5
P. Maton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Capps P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Torres in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Difo 2 (6), A. Lind (11)
  • SF - D. Murphy (3)
  • RBI - D. Murphy 2 (81), A. Lind (42), H. Kendrick (30)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Lind (13)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. De Aza
BASERUNNING
  • SB - W. Myers (15)
FIELDING
  • E - A. De Aza, W. Difo (6), R. Zimmerman (12)
FIELDING
  • E - D. Coleman (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez (W, 12-5)6.25101802.391.1226.0
J. Blanton (H, 4)0.10000106.751.560.5
B. Kintzler (H, 5)1.00000002.441.053.0
S. Doolittle (S, 14)1.00000302.970.7711.5
Total9.05101120---
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez (W, 12-5)6.2
J. Blanton (H, 4)0.1
B. Kintzler (H, 5)1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 14)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Lamet (L, 7-5)4.23336804.841.19-1.0
B. Baumann0.01000001.931.29-1.0
C. Stammen1.10000303.601.184.5
J. Torres1.01000104.811.192.5
P. Maton1.00102004.401.121.0
C. Capps1.000000012.712.123.0
Total9.05438120---
PITCHERSIP
D. Lamet (L, 7-5)4.2
B. Baumann0.0
C. Stammen1.1
J. Torres1.0
P. Maton1.0
C. Capps1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 121-74, J. Blanton 3-3, B. Kintzler 11-8, S. Doolittle 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 6-8, B. Kintzler 3-0
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 28, J. Blanton, B. Kintzler 3, S. Doolittle 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Lamet 94-52, B. Baumann 2-2, C. Stammen 16-12, J. Torres 22-15, P. Maton 27-14, C. Capps 9-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Lamet 3-2, P. Maton 2-2, C. Capps 3-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Lamet 22, B. Baumann, C. Stammen 4, J. Torres 4, P. Maton 6, C. Capps 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Kendrick reached on fielder's choice to third, Jackson scored, Wieters to third, Taylor out at second41
  • 5TH INNING
    Lind doubled to left center, Murphy scored31
    Murphy singled to right, De Aza scored, Murphy to second21
  • 3RD INNING
    Murphy hit sacrifice fly to left, Gonzalez scored11
  • 1ST INNING
    Myers safe at first on shortstop Difo fielding error, Blash scored, Pirela to third01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Carter Capps relieved Phil Maton
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Difo grounded out to second
    • D. Murphy: Murphy grounded out to pitcher
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Zimmerman grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Sean Doolittle relieved Brandon Kintzler
    • C. Spangenberg: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Spangenberg struck out swinging
    • H. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • D. Coleman: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Coleman struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Phil Maton pitching
    • A. Lind: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lind walked
    • Edwin Jackson ran for Adam Lind
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rendon flied out to right
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wieters walked, Jackson to second
    • M. Taylor: Taylor reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Jackson to third, Wieters to second on shortstop Coleman fielding error
    • Howie Kendrick hit for Joe Blanton
    • H. Kendrick: Howie Kendrick facing Phil Maton
    • J. Blanton: Strike swinging, Ball, Kendrick reached on fielder's choice to third, Jackson scored, Wieters to third, Taylor out at second
    • A. De Aza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, De Aza flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Brandon Kintzler pitching
    • Alejandro De Aza in left
    • Andrew Stevenson in right
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Pirela grounded out to third
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Solarte safe at first on 1st baseman Zimmerman fielding error
    • W. Myers: Ball, Foul, Foul, Myers grounded into double play shortstop to first, Solarte out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jose Torres relieved Craig Stammen
    • A. De Aza: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, De Aza lined out to second
    • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Difo doubled to left center
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Murphy flied out to deep center, Difo to third
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Zimmerman struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • D. Coleman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Coleman struck out looking
    • Luis Torrens hit for Jose Torres
    • L. Torrens: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Torrens struck out swinging
    • M. Margot: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Margot singled to right
    • Joe Blanton relieved Gio Gonzalez
    • J. Blash: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Blash struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Stammen Pitching:
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Wieters lined out to right
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
    • G. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • W. Myers: Myers flied out to deep right
    • C. Spangenberg: Spangenberg grounded out to first
    • H. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Lamet Pitching:
    • A. De Aza: Ball, De Aza reached on bunt single to pitcher
    • W. Difo: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, De Aza stole second, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • D. Murphy: Murphy singled to right, De Aza scored, Murphy to second
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Foul, Zimmerman grounded out to third
    • Buddy Baumann relieved Dinelson Lamet
    • A. Lind: Strike swinging, Lind doubled to left center, Murphy scored
    • Craig Stammen relieved Buddy Baumann
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Rendon struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • M. Margot: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Margot walked
    • J. Blash: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Blash flied out to deep right
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pirela flied out to right
    • Y. Solarte: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Solarte flied out to deep center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Lamet Pitching:
    • M. Wieters: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Wieters struck out swinging
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • G. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gonzalez lined out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • C. Spangenberg: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Spangenberg struck out swinging
    • H. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • D. Coleman: Ball, Ball, Coleman singled to center
    • D. Lamet: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lamet struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Lamet Pitching:
    • G. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
    • A. De Aza: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, De Aza struck out swinging
    • W. Difo: Ball, Difo doubled to left center, Gonzalez to third
    • D. Murphy: Murphy hit sacrifice fly to left, Gonzalez scored
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Zimmerman walked
    • A. Lind: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lind walked, Difo to third, Zimmerman to second
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pirela struck out swinging
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Solarte grounded out to pitcher
    • W. Myers: Strike swinging, Ball, Myers grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Lamet Pitching:
    • A. Lind: Strike looking, Ball, Lind grounded out to first
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wieters walked
    • M. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • H. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Sanchez singled to shallow right
    • D. Coleman: Coleman popped out to second
    • D. Lamet: Lamet reached on fielder's choice to catcher, Sanchez out at second
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Ball, Margot safe at first on center fielder De Aza fielding error, Lamet to third, Margot to second
    • J. Blash: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Blash flied out to deep right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Lamet Pitching:
    • A. De Aza: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, De Aza walked
    • W. Difo: Ball, Strike looking, Difo grounded into double play shortstop to first, De Aza out at second
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Murphy walked
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul tip, Zimmerman struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
    • J. Blash: Ball, Blash singled to right
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pirela singled to left, Blash to second
    • Y. Solarte: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Solarte flied out to center
    • W. Myers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Myers safe at first on shortstop Difo fielding error, Blash scored, Pirela to third
    • C. Spangenberg: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Myers stole second, Strike swinging, Spangenberg struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)