MLB Wrap: Gonzalez homers as Nationals shut out Marlins

MLB Wrap: Gonzalez homers as Nationals shut out Marlins
April 3, 2013, 11:15 pm
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WASHINGTON -- Left-hander Gio Gonzalez homered, providing all the offense necessary to back his six scoreless innings, and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 3-0 Wednesday night.

Gonzalez (1-0), a 21-game winner in 2012 who finished third in NL Cy Young Award voting, allowed only two hits, along with five strikeouts and two walks.

His solo shot to left field off Kevin Slowey (0-1) came with one out in the fifth. Slowey gave up one run and four hits in 5 1-3 innings.

After hitting two homers in Game 1, Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper went 2 for 4 with a double. The 2012 NL Rookie of the Year scored on Ryan Zimmerman's single in the eighth off reliever A.J. Ramos.

Rafael Soriano got his second save, completing Washington's second straight shutout of the Marlins (see full recap).

Ogando, Rangers shut out Astros
HOUSTON -- A day after Yu Darvish came within one out of a perfect game, Alexi Ogando and four Texas relievers shut out the Astros again, combining for a five-hitter in the Rangers' 4-0 win over Houston on Wednesday.

Lance Berkman doubled in a run for the Rangers a day after they blanked Houston 7-0 behind Darvish's nearly historic gem.

Ogando (1-0) allowed four hits with a career-high 10 strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings. The young and inexperienced Astros have struck out 43 times in their first three games.

Robbie Ross, Tanner Scheppers and Michael Kirkman allowed one hit combined in the next 1 2-3 innings. Closer Joe Nathan struck out the side in the ninth.

Houston starter Philip Humber (0-1) yielded five hits and a run in 5 2-3 innings in his Astros debut (see full recap).

Harvey fans 10 in Mets' win
NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey allowed one hit and struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings for his first win at Citi Field, Lucas Duda hit the first of the Mets' three homers in a whipping wind and New York beat the San Diego Padres 8-4 Wednesday night.

John Buck and Ike Davis also connected against homer-prone Clayton Richard in the Mets' second straight romp over San Diego. They opened the season with an 11-2 win Monday.

David Wright added an RBI double and Duda doubled, reached base three times and scored twice in a game that began with a wind chill of 32 degrees.

Making his 11th career start -- fifth at home -- the 24-year-old Harvey warmed up quickly in the frosty conditions in front of a crowd of 22,239 (see full recap).

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