Gonzalez leads Nationals past Marlins 5-0
AP April 10, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
WASHINGTON -- Washington leapfrogged Miami to the top of the National League East division by beating the Marlins 5-0 on Tuesday, with Gio Gonzalez pitching six scoreless innings.
Among the day's other games, the Los Angeles Dodgers edged Detroit in 10 innings, Ryan Braun had a banner day at the plate as Milwaukee spoiled Philadelphia's home opener, and Tim Hudson shone in his first home game for San Francisco as the Giants beat Arizona.
Washington's Gonzalez allowed only one runner to get as far as second base, and struck out five. He retired his last 10 batters and improved his early season record to 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA.
Adam LaRoche had three hits and drove in a run while Anthony Rendon went 2 for 4 with three RBIs as the Nationals moved to 5-2.
Miami had entered the game leading the NL — a year after finishing with a league-worst 100 losses — and were averaging six runs per game but had no answer to Gonzalez.
Los Angeles' Carl Crawford hit an RBI double in the 10th inning to give the Dodgers a 3-2 win over Detroit.
Tigers closer Joba Chamberlain (0-1), who had struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth, walked Chone Figgins to open the 10th and was replaced by Phil Coke.
After a pop-up out on an attempted sacrifice bunt, Crawford lined a 2-0 pitch past the left fielder and Figgins scampered home.
It was a relief for the Dodgers, who had a chance to win it in nine innings, but on the final out, Victor Martinez got an RBI single against Kenley Jansen to make it 2-2.
Milwaukee's Ryan Braun hit three home runs and tied a franchise record with seven RBIs to lead the Brewers over Philadelphia 10-4.
Coming off a three-game road sweep of World Series champion Boston at Fenway Park, the Brewers won their fourth straight game and improved to 5-2.
Braun emphatically ended the longest homerless drought of his career. The 2011 NL MVP came in with only three singles in 20 at-bats this season.
But Braun loves Philadelphia, boasting a career record of 10 homers and 21 RBIs in 20 games at Citizens Bank Park.
San Francisco's Tim Hudson (2-0) shut down Arizona for the second time in seven days with an eight-inning gem, leading the Giants to a 7-3 win in his first home outing at AT&T Park.
Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer. He has five homers already this season and the Giants have a majors-leading 12.
New Giants left fielder Michael Morse hit a two-run single in the third inning and added a two-out double in the fifth.
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