Nationals cruise past Orioles 6-0 for 4th straight win

BALTIMORE (AP) A three-run lead in the third inning usually isn't enough to assure a victory, except perhaps when Gio Gonzalez is dealing strikes and the team facing the deficit is the 2018 Baltimore Orioles.

And so, when Anthony Rendon's drive to left field with two runners aboard cleared the wall, the Washington Nationals had all the offense they needed Monday in what turned out to be a 6-0 victory.

Gonzalez (6-2) allowed six hits over 7 2/3 innings to end a six-game losing streak against Baltimore. The left-hander won his first start against the Orioles in 2009 before coming up empty in his next nine outings.

''He was outstanding,'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. ''He kept the balls down. He threw strikes. He was really good. For me, that was the best he has pitched all year.''

Making his ninth start with Baltimore since signing as a free agent in March, Alex Cobb (1-7) was undone by a horrific, 42-pitch third inning that featured Rendon's sixth home run.

After getting two outs to open the third, Cobb surrendered a single to Trea Turner and walked Bryce Harper before Rendon connected .

Gonzalez did the rest.

''I'll give him credit, but we all know it's a little bit more than that,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ''We've had some success against good pitchers before, but right now, they're really good and we're not swinging the bats well. That's a bad combination.''

Gonzalez was lifted after 114 pitches, and Shawn Kelley got four outs to complete the fifth shutout against the Orioles this season.

The Nationals turned three double plays behind Gonzalez, who did not allow a runner past second base.

''My entire infield, everyone played a role,'' Gonzalez said.

Cobb gave up three runs and five hits over seven innings. He's pitching for a team that has scored three runs or fewer in nine of its last 10 games.

''Once you start worrying about things you can't control,'' Cobb said, ''you're going to be in a lot of trouble.''

Cobb has struggled at times this season, but it's tough to blame him for this one.

''If you don't score any runs, he's not going to get a W,'' Showalter said. ''That's pretty obvious.''

Matt Adams and Michael Taylor both had two hits and an RBI for the Nationals, who have won four straight and 19 of 25 after opening 11-16.

''We didn't get off to the best start,'' Rendon said. ''We are just trying to buckle down and get into a rhythm.''

Though Harper went hitless, his leaping catch against the right-field wall in the fifth inning robbed Andrew Susac of a potential extra-base hit.

That was enough to lift the Nationals over their neighboring rivals in an interleague series that began in 2005 and now stands at 38-27 in favor of Baltimore. The game drew 36,139 fans, many of them wearing Washington red.

Though the 3-0 lead proved safe, the Nationals poured it on in the eighth against Richard Bleier, who gave up a leadoff double to Rendon and RBI singles by Adams, Taylor and Wilmer Difo.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: 2B Daniel Murphy (offseason knee surgery) had a homer and six RBIs in his second rehab game with Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday. He was held out of the starting lineup Monday. ... 1B Ryan Zimmerman (right oblique strain) hit on the field Monday and ''is coming along really well,'' Martinez said. . OF Brian Goodwin (left wrist) played seven innings with Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday. He did not start Monday.

Orioles: DH Mark Trumbo (knee) returned to the lineup after missing five games.

GOING DOWN

Trey Mancini was dropped from leadoff to sixth in lineup following a 5-for-34 skid that dropped his batting average 19 points to .240. ''He's been one of our most consistent guys and will be again,'' Showalter said. Not on this day, however: Mancini went 0 for 4 and hit into two double plays.

SPECIAL HOLIDAY

Memorial Day carries a special significance to Showalter, whose father and uncles fought in World War II. ''It's just something you did,'' the manager said of his family's commitment. ''The country needs you to do it and you did it.''

UP NEXT

Nationals: Jeremy Hellickson, who pitched for the Orioles last summer, faces his former team Tuesday night. He's 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA in seven starts with Washington.

Orioles: Dylan Bundy (3-6, 4.45 ERA) seeks a sufficient encore after going the distance in a 14-strikeout performance against the White Sox on Thursday.

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  • W: G. Gonzalez (6-2)L: A. Cobb (1-7)
  • HR: WAS - A. Rendon (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS41100101.269.361.418.7803.0
B. Harper RF31000211.228.379.528.9072.5
A. Rendon 3B52231012.272.359.496.85510.5
M. Adams DH51210001.274.366.605.9714.0
M. Reynolds 1B30000111.406.457.9061.3630.5
J. Soto LF41200012.320.414.560.9742.5
M. Taylor CF40210001.199.264.354.6184.0
W. Difo 2B40110001.264.346.386.7322.0
S. Kieboom C40000023.083.083.083.167-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Rickard RF40100010.263.317.447.7640.5
    A. Jones CF40200000.278.295.463.7583.0
    M. Machado SS40100003.322.392.602.9941.0
    J. Schoop 2B40100012.243.272.396.6670.5
    D. Valencia 3B40200001.279.339.471.8102.0
    T. Mancini 1B40000002.235.310.377.6870.0
    M. Trumbo DH20000100.301.318.458.7751.0
    C. Gentry LF20000100.217.286.265.5511.0
    A. Susac C30000012.125.125.167.292-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Rendon (10), M. Taylor (12)
      • HR - A. Rendon (6)
      • RBI - A. Rendon 3 (15), M. Adams (32), M. Taylor (14), W. Difo (14)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Rendon 3 (7), M. Taylor (7), W. Difo (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Jones (13)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Turner-Difo-Reynolds; Difo-Turner-Reynolds; Turner-Difo-Reynolds)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Machado-Schoop-Mancini)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Gonzalez (W, 6-2)7.26002302.101.2924.5
      S. Kelley1.11000004.501.202.0
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Gonzalez (W, 6-2)7.2
      S. Kelley1.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cobb (L, 1-7)7.05333316.801.819.5
      R. Bleier0.25330102.331.33-7.5
      M. Castro1.10001202.811.253.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cobb (L, 1-7)7.0
      R. Bleier0.2
      M. Castro1.1
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 114-67, S. Kelley 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 10-7, S. Kelley 1-3
      • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 28, S. Kelley 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Cobb (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 101-66, R. Bleier 25-15, M. Castro 19-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 10-7
      • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 28, R. Bleier 7, M. Castro 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Turner SS41100101.269.361.418.7803.0
      B. Harper RF31000211.228.379.528.9072.5
      A. Rendon 3B52231012.272.359.496.85510.5
      M. Adams DH51210001.274.366.605.9714.0
      M. Reynolds 1B30000111.406.457.9061.3630.5
      J. Soto LF41200012.320.414.560.9742.5
      M. Taylor CF40210001.199.264.354.6184.0
      W. Difo 2B40110001.264.346.386.7322.0
      S. Kieboom C40000023.083.083.083.167-1.0
      Total36610614613-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Rickard RF40100010.263.317.447.7640.5
        A. Jones CF40200000.278.295.463.7583.0
        M. Machado SS40100003.322.392.602.9941.0
        J. Schoop 2B40100012.243.272.396.6670.5
        D. Valencia 3B40200001.279.339.471.8102.0
        T. Mancini 1B40000002.235.310.377.6870.0
        M. Trumbo DH20000100.301.318.458.7751.0
        C. Gentry LF20000100.217.286.265.5511.0
        A. Susac C30000012.125.125.167.292-0.5
        Total3107002310-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Rendon (10), M. Taylor (12)
          • HR - A. Rendon (6)
          • RBI - A. Rendon 3 (15), M. Adams (32), M. Taylor (14), W. Difo (14)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Rendon 3 (7), M. Taylor (7), W. Difo (5)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Jones (13)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 3 (Turner-Difo-Reynolds; Difo-Turner-Reynolds; Turner-Difo-Reynolds)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Machado-Schoop-Mancini)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Gonzalez (W, 6-2)7.26002302.101.2924.5
          S. Kelley1.11000004.501.202.0
          Total9.0700230---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Gonzalez (W, 6-2)7.2
          S. Kelley1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Cobb (L, 1-7)7.05333316.801.819.5
          R. Bleier0.25330102.331.33-7.5
          M. Castro1.10001202.811.253.0
          Total9.01066461---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Cobb (L, 1-7)7.0
          R. Bleier0.2
          M. Castro1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 114-67, S. Kelley 14-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 10-7, S. Kelley 1-3
          • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 28, S. Kelley 5
          PITCHING
          • WP - A. Cobb (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 101-66, R. Bleier 25-15, M. Castro 19-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 10-7
          • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 28, R. Bleier 7, M. Castro 5
          • 8TH INNING
            Difo reached on an infield single to third, Soto scored, Taylor to second60
            Taylor singled to left, Adams scored, Soto to third50
            Adams singled to center, Rendon scored40
          • 3RD INNING
            Rendon homered to left, Turner and Harper scored30
          • 9TH INNING
            • M. Castro Pitching:
            • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Turner walked
            • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Harper popped out to second
            • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Rendon struck out looking
            • M. Adams: Strike looking, Adams popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Kelley Pitching:
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Schoop flied out to deep left
            • D. Valencia: Foul, Ball, Valencia grounded out to second
            • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Foul, Mancini popped out to second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Richard Bleier relieved Alex Cobb
            • B. Harper: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Harper flied out to deep center
            • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rendon doubled to deep right center
            • M. Adams: Ball, Strike swinging, Adams singled to center, Rendon scored
            • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
            • J. Soto: Ball, Soto singled to left, Adams to second
            • M. Taylor: Taylor singled to left, Adams scored, Soto to third
            • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Difo reached on an infield single to third, Soto scored, Taylor to second
            • Miguel Castro relieved Richard Bleier
            • S. Kieboom: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kieboom struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
            • C. Gentry: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gentry grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Susac: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Susac lined out to center
            • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rickard singled to left
            • Shawn Kelley relieved Gio Gonzalez
            • A. Jones: Jones singled to center, Rickard to third, Jones to second
            • M. Machado: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Machado popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • M. Taylor: Taylor doubled to deep left
            • W. Difo: Strike looking, Difo flied out to left
            • S. Kieboom: Ball, Ball, Kieboom grounded out to second, Taylor to third
            • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Turner grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Valencia singled to left
            • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mancini grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Valencia out at second
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Ball, Trumbo grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • M. Adams: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Adams grounded out to first
            • M. Reynolds: Strike (foul tip), Reynolds grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Soto: Soto fouled out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
            • J. Rickard: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rickard flied out to center
            • A. Jones: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Jones doubled to deep right
            • M. Machado: Machado fouled out to first
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • T. Turner: Turner lined out to center
            • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harper walked
            • A. Rendon: Ball, Foul, Rendon grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Harper out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Trumbo grounded out to third
            • C. Gentry: Ball, Gentry popped out to first
            • A. Susac: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Susac flied out to deep right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • M. Taylor: Taylor grounded out to second
            • W. Difo: Foul, Strike looking, Difo grounded out to first
            • S. Kieboom: Strike looking, Ball, Kieboom grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Schoop singled to left
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Valencia grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Schoop out at second
            • T. Mancini: Mancini grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • W. Difo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Difo lined out to pitcher
            • S. Kieboom: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kieboom struck out looking
            • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Turner singled to shallow center
            • B. Harper: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Harper walked, Turner to second
            • A. Rendon: Foul, Ball, Rendon homered to left, Turner and Harper scored
            • M. Adams: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Adams singled to right center
            • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Adams to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Ball, Reynolds walked
            • J. Soto: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Soto struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
            • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rickard grounded out to third
            • A. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Jones lined out to center
            • M. Machado: Ball, Machado grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • M. Adams: Strike swinging, Ball, Adams grounded out to second
            • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Reynolds grounded out to third
            • J. Soto: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto singled to shallow left
            • M. Taylor: Taylor flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
            • D. Valencia: Valencia singled to shallow center
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Mancini grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Valencia out at second
            • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Trumbo walked
            • C. Gentry: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gentry walked, Trumbo to second
            • A. Susac: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Susac struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • T. Turner: Turner flied out to right
            • B. Harper: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
            • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rendon fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
            • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Rickard struck out looking
            • A. Jones: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jones fouled out to left
            • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Machado singled to center
            • J. Schoop: Schoop grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)