Gonzalez good enough in Nats 7-2 win

by Jacob Emert

WASHINGTON – Gio Gonzalez was not dominant on Monday night, but provided with five runs and spectacular defense behind him against a beleaguered Mets offense, six solid innings were more than enough to record his seventh win of the season.

The only serious blemish against Gonzalez in the Nationals 7-2 win came in the fourth inning when he allowed a two-run single to pitcher Matt Harvey after getting ahead ahead 0-2.

Gonzalez responded with two more shutout innings.

“It means that (catcher Jose Lobaton) and I, we’re doing our job, just sticking together, just keeping our composure,” Gonzalez said. “Lobi wanted me to finish strong. I was just happy that (manager Matt Williams) gave me an extra inning and (to) not finish with five (innings).”

Gonzalez’s defense stole the show, saving multi-run innings in the first and fifth with swift stops and impressive catches.

“It’s fun to watch when these guys are playing their tails off,” Gonzalez said. “It makes it easier for a pitcher when these guys are making some great plays out there.”

The left-hander hadn’t pitched since July 10, and wasn’t as sharp as he had been in the three prior starts when he allowed two runs over 20 innings.

On Monday, Gonzalez walked three and allowed six hits.

“They were scrappy the whole time,” he said. “They didn’t give in. They were fighting all the way to the end. We managed to get a couple runs off Harvey and I was just trying to do my part to keep us right there.”

Gonzalez is now 7-4 with a 3.93 ERA.

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