Nationals top Braves 6-3, Gio Gonzalez ends personal skid

WASHINGTON (AP) Gio Gonzalez ended a personal drought that spanned more than two months - and helped give the Washington Nationals a four-game split with another National League East contender.

Gonzalez pitched seven strong innings for his first victory since May 28, leading the Nationals to a 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

''I think I was just happy that I got to high-five my teammates for the first time in a while,'' Gonzalez said. ''For me it was not the pressure, it was just the going out there and doing what I can do to go out there and try and pitch the best I can. Today it finally showed. It finally stepped to the right direction that I wanted.''

The Nationals moved within 5 1/2 games of idle NL East leader Philadelphia. The Braves fell a game behind the Phillies.

Gonzalez (7-8) snapped a seven-game losing streak and had gone 11 consecutive starts without a victory. He allowed six hits and one walk while striking out three. Nick Markakis' solo homer to lead off the second was the lone run he allowed.

Atlanta starter Anibal Sanchez pitched two scoreless innings but left after getting hit in the left calf by a grounder from Michael Taylor. Manager Brian Snitker said he was hopeful Sanchez would make his next start.

''It looked like Anibal was going to have one of his games starting out,'' Snitker said. ''He was sharp as can be. We just had a hard time getting ahold of Gio. That was the biggest thing. We couldn't do anything with him.''

Sanchez was replaced by Wes Parsons (0-1), who yielded a bases-loaded walk to Juan Soto and a sacrifice fly by Anthony Rendon as Washington went ahead in the third.

Taylor homered to left in the fourth to bump Washington's lead to 3-1, and Daniel Murphy added an RBI double in the sixth.

But Parsons worked five innings in his major league debut, vital for a team that had two starters last only two innings during the series in Washington and heads home to face Milwaukee after a 5-3 road trip.

''A winning road trip, you take that every single time,'' said Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman, who had three hits. ''Sometimes, you have to lose a battle to win the war. I thought what Wes Parsons did was absolutely huge for this ballclub. That's going to win us games later on with a fresh bullpen.''

Ronald Acuna Jr.'s one-out homer in the eighth pulled Atlanta within two runs, but the Nationals got RBIs from Ryan Zimmerman and Mark Reynolds in the bottom of the inning to make it 6-2.

Washington went 7-3 on its homestand and begins a seven-game trip to face the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis.

''It was big, a big win for us,'' manager Dave Martinez said. ''Happy flight.''

HARPER SCRATCHED

Washington outfielder Bryce Harper was scratched from the lineup with right knee soreness. Atlanta reliever Dan Winkler hit Harper just below the right knee in the seventh inning on Wednesday night. Martinez said X-rays on Harper were negative.

DOUBLE DEBUT

Parsons and Adam McCreery both made their major league debuts for Atlanta, combining to pitch the last six innings. It was the first time the Braves had two pitchers debut in the same game since June 30, 2015, when Jake Brigham and Ryan Kelly did so against Washington.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: 3B Johan Camargo was out of the starting lineup for the first time since July 14. He struck out as a pinch hitter to end the game. Charlie Culberson filled in at third for Camargo.

Nationals: Martinez said RHP Stephen Strasburg (cervical nerve impingement) will throw at least one more bullpen session before the team decides whether he is ready for a minor league rehabilitation start. Strasburg has not pitched for Washington since July 20.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Kevin Gausman (0-1, 5.40 ERA) makes his second start since his acquisition from Baltimore as Atlanta returns home to open a three-game series with Milwaukee.

Nationals: Washington begins a three-game series in Chicago against the Cubs with RHP Jeremy Hellickson (5-2, 3.56) getting the nod.

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  • W: G. Gonzalez (7-8)L: W. Parsons (0-1)
  • HR: ATL - N. Markakis (14), R. Acuna (13), WAS - M. Taylor (6)
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F. Freeman 1B40300001.318.398.524.9225.0
N. Markakis RF41211002.323.388.499.8877.0
K. Suzuki C41100001.250.316.408.7242.0
C. Culberson 3B40200000.287.332.493.8252.0
E. Inciarte CF40000003.250.311.353.6640.0
D. Swanson SS20010100.240.296.383.6782.0
A. Sanchez P10000012.000.042.000.042-0.5
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  • a-grounded out for Parsons in the 8th
  • b-struck out for McCreery in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Eaton RF51100022.299.386.391.7771.0
T. Turner SS30200100.271.343.413.7562.0
J. Soto LF30010101.305.423.551.9752.0
A. Rendon 3B32210001.291.346.510.8565.0
D. Murphy 2B40210002.285.333.417.7514.0
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R. Zimmerman 1B40110011.253.324.474.7981.5
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J. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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R. Madson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for Miller in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman 2 (30)
  • HR - R. Acuna (13), N. Markakis (14)
  • SF - D. Swanson
  • RBI - R. Acuna (31), N. Markakis (70), D. Swanson (40)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Markakis 2 (2), K. Suzuki, A. Sanchez 2 (2), J. Camargo
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Murphy (8)
  • HR - M. Taylor (6)
  • SF - A. Rendon (6)
  • RBI - J. Soto (40), A. Rendon (58), D. Murphy (24), R. Zimmerman (26), M. Taylor (27), M. Reynolds (29)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Reynolds (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton 2 (2), A. Rendon, D. Murphy 2 (2), G. Gonzalez 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - T. Turner (8)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. Eaton, M. Taylor (5)
  • DP - (Taylor-Zimmerman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez2.01000102.831.055.5
W. Parsons (L, 0-1)5.06443317.201.80-1.5
A. McCreery1.042202018.004.00-2.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez2.0
W. Parsons (L, 0-1)5.0
A. McCreery1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez (W, 7-8)7.06111313.891.4824.5
J. Miller (H, 5)1.02110013.571.080.0
R. Madson1.02110104.431.410.5
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez (W, 7-8)7.0
J. Miller (H, 5)1.0
R. Madson1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - W. Parsons
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 26-16, W. Parsons 82-45, A. McCreery 30-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 4-1, W. Parsons 3-8
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 7, W. Parsons 23, A. McCreery 7
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 94-60, J. Miller 10-7, R. Madson 16-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 8-8, J. Miller 1-2, R. Madson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 26, J. Miller 5, R. Madson 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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O. Albies 2B40100000.276.309.491.8001.0
F. Freeman 1B40300001.318.398.524.9225.0
N. Markakis RF41211002.323.388.499.8877.0
K. Suzuki C41100001.250.316.408.7242.0
C. Culberson 3B40200000.287.332.493.8252.0
E. Inciarte CF40000003.250.311.353.6640.0
D. Swanson SS20010100.240.296.383.6782.0
A. Sanchez P10000012.000.042.000.042-0.5
W. Parsons P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
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A. McCreery P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Parsons in the 8th
  • b-struck out for McCreery in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Eaton RF51100022.299.386.391.7771.0
T. Turner SS30200100.271.343.413.7562.0
J. Soto LF30010101.305.423.551.9752.0
A. Rendon 3B32210001.291.346.510.8565.0
D. Murphy 2B40210002.285.333.417.7514.0
W. Difo PR-2B01000000.246.304.350.6541.0
R. Zimmerman 1B40110011.253.324.474.7981.5
M. Taylor CF41111013.241.305.381.6865.5
M. Wieters C30000102.203.296.323.6191.0
G. Gonzalez P31100022.077.077.103.1791.0
J. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Reynolds PH10110000.274.363.541.9042.0
R. Madson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-singled for Miller in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman 2 (30)
  • HR - R. Acuna (13), N. Markakis (14)
  • SF - D. Swanson
  • RBI - R. Acuna (31), N. Markakis (70), D. Swanson (40)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Markakis 2 (2), K. Suzuki, A. Sanchez 2 (2), J. Camargo
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Murphy (8)
  • HR - M. Taylor (6)
  • SF - A. Rendon (6)
  • RBI - J. Soto (40), A. Rendon (58), D. Murphy (24), R. Zimmerman (26), M. Taylor (27), M. Reynolds (29)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Reynolds (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton 2 (2), A. Rendon, D. Murphy 2 (2), G. Gonzalez 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - T. Turner (8)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. Eaton, M. Taylor (5)
  • DP - (Taylor-Zimmerman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez2.01000102.831.055.5
W. Parsons (L, 0-1)5.06443317.201.80-1.5
A. McCreery1.042202018.004.00-2.0
Total8.01166361---
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez2.0
W. Parsons (L, 0-1)5.0
A. McCreery1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez (W, 7-8)7.06111313.891.4824.5
J. Miller (H, 5)1.02110013.571.080.0
R. Madson1.02110104.431.410.5
Total9.01033142---
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez (W, 7-8)7.0
J. Miller (H, 5)1.0
R. Madson1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - W. Parsons
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 26-16, W. Parsons 82-45, A. McCreery 30-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 4-1, W. Parsons 3-8
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 7, W. Parsons 23, A. McCreery 7
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 94-60, J. Miller 10-7, R. Madson 16-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 8-8, J. Miller 1-2, R. Madson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 26, J. Miller 5, R. Madson 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Swanson hit sacrifice fly to right, Suzuki scored36
  • 8TH INNING
    Reynolds singled to shallow left, Difo scored, Zimmerman to second26
    Zimmerman singled to right, Rendon scored, Difo to second25
    Acuna homered to left center24
  • 6TH INNING
    Murphy doubled to deep right center, Rendon scored14
  • 4TH INNING
    Taylor homered to left center13
  • 3RD INNING
    Rendon hit sacrifice fly to left, Eaton scored12
    Soto walked, Gonzalez scored, Eaton to third, Turner to second11
  • 2ND INNING
    Markakis homered to right10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Ryan Madson pitching
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Foul, Ball, Suzuki singled to shallow center
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Ball, Culberson singled to right, Suzuki to second
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Inciarte reached on fielder's choice to first, Suzuki to third, Culberson out at second
    • D. Swanson: Swanson hit sacrifice fly to right, Suzuki scored
    • Johan Camargo hit for Adam McCreery
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Inciarte to second on fielder's indifference, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Justin Miller relieved Gio Gonzalez
    • Ryan Flaherty hit for Wes Parsons
    • R. Flaherty: Strike swinging, Ball, Flaherty grounded out to first
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Acuna homered to left center
    • O. Albies: Albies flied out to left
    • F. Freeman: Freeman doubled to deep center
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Markakis flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Adam McCreery pitching
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rendon singled to shallow center
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Murphy singled to shallow right, Rendon to third
    • Wilmer Difo ran for Daniel Murphy
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Zimmerman singled to right, Rendon scored, Difo to second
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
    • M. Wieters: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wieters flied out to left
    • Mark Reynolds hit for Justin Miller
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Reynolds singled to shallow left, Difo scored, Zimmerman to second
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Culberson grounded out to first
    • E. Inciarte: Strike swinging, Ball, Inciarte lined out to second
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Swanson grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Parsons Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Eaton lined out to right
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Turner reached on an infield single to third
    • J. Soto: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Turner caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Soto grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Foul, Ball, Albies grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Freeman singled to right center
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Markakis reached on fielder's choice to third, Freeman out at second
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki flied out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Parsons Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Rendon singled to shallow center
    • D. Murphy: Murphy doubled to deep right center, Rendon scored
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Zimmerman lined out to center, Murphy to third
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Taylor grounded out to second
    • M. Wieters: Wieters intentionally walked
    • G. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Swanson flied out to right
    • W. Parsons: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Parsons struck out swinging
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Parsons Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Eaton lined out to shortstop
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner flied out to deep right
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Soto grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Suzuki grounded out to third
    • C. Culberson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Culberson grounded out to third
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Inciarte grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Parsons Pitching:
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Zimmerman struck out swinging
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Taylor homered to left center
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Wieters popped out to shortstop
    • G. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Acuna lined out to shortstop
    • O. Albies: Albies flied out to left
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Freeman doubled to left center
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Markakis singled to right, Freeman out at home
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wes Parsons relieved Anibal Sanchez
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Wieters lined out to right
    • G. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez singled to center
    • A. Eaton: Eaton reached on an infield single to pitcher, Gonzalez to second
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner walked, Gonzalez to third, Eaton to second
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Soto walked, Gonzalez scored, Eaton to third, Turner to second
    • A. Rendon: Rendon hit sacrifice fly to left, Eaton scored
    • D. Murphy: Foul, Ball, Ball, Murphy lined out to left
    • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Markakis homered to right
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki flied out to right
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Culberson singled to center
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Inciarte lined out to second
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Swanson walked, Culberson to second
    • A. Sanchez: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Murphy grounded out to third
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Foul, Zimmerman grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Taylor grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Acuna grounded out to first
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Albies singled to center
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Freeman lined into double play center to first, Albies out at first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Turner singled to shallow left
    • J. Soto: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Soto reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Turner out at second
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rendon flied out to deep center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)