Gio Gonzalez earns 19th win as Nationals defeat Mets 5-1
September 12, 2012, 12:00 am TWN
NEW YORK -- Gio Gonzalez earned his big league-leading 19th victory and the Washington Nationals backed him with three home runs to beat the listless New York Mets 5-1 Monday night.
Kurt Suzuki put the Nationals ahead with a home run right after catcher Kelly Shoppach dropped his foul popup for an error. Ryan Zimmerman launched a two-run shot later in the third inning and Ian Desmond added a two-run drive in the fourth.
That was plenty for Gonzalez (19-7) and the team with the best record in the majors. The lefty gave up three hits over six innings — none until Scott Hairston homered in the fourth.
Gonzalez worked around five walks and extended his career high for wins.
The Mets lost their fourth in a row, dropping to 4-19 in their last 23 games at Citi Field. They tied a team record by scoring three or fewer runs for the 11th straight game at home, matching the mark last done in 1979.
David Wright and his teammates have gone 106 straight innings at home without scoring more than one run. This loss eliminated them from the NL East race.
New York rookie Collin McHugh (0-2) served up three homers in his third major league start.
Reds 4, Pirates 3, 14 innings Ryan Ludwick drove in the winning run with a two-out infield single in the 14th inning, lifting Cincinnati to a marathon victory that handed the fading Pittsburgh Pirates their fourth straight loss.
Rick VandenHurk (0-1), called up before the game, started the 14th and gave up a single by Devin Mesoraco. Brandon Phillips reached when the Pirates failed to get a forceout on his grounder, and the runners advanced on a wild pitch.
Pirates shortstop Chase d'Arnaud couldn't come up with Ludwick's grounder in the hole, finally ending it.
Pittsburgh loaded the bases with none out in the top of the 14th against Alfredo Simon (2-2) and failed to score. Andrew McCutchen homered earlier for the Pirates, but four straight losses and 21 in the last 30 games have dropped them a season-high 12 games behind the first-place Reds in the NL Central.
Padres 11, Cardinals 3 Cameron Maybin hit a two-run homer, Will Venable had three RBIs and San Diego beat the struggling Cardinals.