This game stayed close for a while behind Gio Gonzalez until the Nationals offense kept adding runs. Gio pitched 7 full innings and only made a few mistake pitches but limited the damage. Blake Treinen pitched a scoreless 8th when the score was 7-3, and we finally saw Matt Albers pitch after 7 rest days. Albers pitched a scoreless 9th inning as he struck out the side.
Bryce Harper opened the scoring tonight with a 2-run single. It remained a 2-1 lead until the 5th inning when the Nats scored 4 runs. The Nats added 1 in the 8th and 5-runs in the 9th. The hitting star was Stephen Drew who was 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs. Matt Wieters went 0-for-5 and his slump continues with his batting average dropping below .250.
The Nationals were 7-for-14 with runners-in-scoring-position tonight. Gio Gonzalez improves his record to 7-1.