Lombardozzi in left, Gonzalez on hill at Padres

Gio Gonzalez takes the mound tonight at San Diego looking to build on one of his best starts of the season.

Gonzalez held the Cubs to two hits over seven scoreless innings Sunday, and was removed after just 86 pitches while holding a 1-0 lead. The Nationals went on to lose 2-1, but the left-hander seems to be on an upswing, having pitched consecutive quality starts for the first time in 2013.

The Nats take aim at their second straight win to begin the Padres series with a pretty standard lineup. Steve Lombardozzi makes his fifth start of the year in left with Roger Bernadina taking a seat.

For the Nats
CF Denard Span
LF Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Kurt Suzuki
LHP Gio Gonzalez

For the Padres
CF Chris Denorfia
SS Everth Cabrera
3B Chase Headley
LF Jesus Guzman
1B Kyle Blanks
2B Jedd Gyorko
RF Will Venable
C Nick Hundley
RHP Burch Smith

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