Nats living on the edge in back-to-back shutouts

FLUSHING, N.Y. - For the second straight day, the Nationals received an incredible pitching performance, this time from right-hander Doug Fister, as they held on to shut out the Mets 1-0 and take the four-game series. "Well, the last two have been kind of the same," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. Good starting pitching. Good bullpen and then turning it over to Drew (Storen). It's ... read more

Nats shut out Mets 1-0 for second straight day

FLUSHING, N.Y. - A sharp single from right fielder Bryce Harper moved left fielder Jayson Werth into scoring position with two outs in the first. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman then picked up his team-leading 16th RBI by flicking an offering from Mets starter Dillon Gee safely into right field to plate Werth. For Harper, the single extends his career-best on-base streak to 19 games. Right-hander ... read more

Denard Span and his hot bat return (with lineups)

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Center fielder Denard Span returns to the Nationals lineup today after resting the past two days with abdominal soreness in the region of his most recent core muscle surgery in March. Span's bat is a welcome site. The 31-year-old was on tear before he left Thursday's game, going 7-for-18 with two homers, four doubles, five RBIs and six runs scored in his ... read more

Road trip winds down with huge opportunity

FLUSHING, N.Y. - The Nationals are nearing the end of their long 10-day journey through three National League East cities. After being swept by Miami and starting the trip 0-3 last weekend, the Nats have battled back to give themselves a chance to return to Washington with a respectable 5-5 split on the road. "To bounce back from a tough series in Miami, this is ... read more

Gio Gonzalez's "masterpiece" helps Nats shut out Mets

FLUSHING, N.Y. - An RBI infield single from rookie center fielder Michael A. Taylor in the second inning and some exceptional early defense was all left-hander Gio Gonzalez needed as the Nationals handed the Mets a 1-0 defeat tonight, their first shutout loss of the season. Gonzalez's stellar outing got off to a shaky start when Mets center fielder Juan Lagares, the game's second batter, ... read more

Nats ride Gio Gonzalez to 1-0 win over Mets

FLUSHING, N.Y. - After threatening in the first, the Nationals put together three singles to get on the scoreboard in the second. It started with shorstop Ian Desmond breaking out of an 0-for-29 slump with his first base hit since April 24. Second baseman Danny Espinosa followed with a single. After a sacrifice bunt from starter Gio Gonzalez moved both runners up, center fielder Michael ... read more

Left side tightness forces Rendon out of rehab game, Span sits

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Infielder Anthony Rendon was again a late scratch in his minor league rehab assignment for Double-A Harrisburg tonight. He continues to experience tightness in his left side and had trouble getting loose. Rendon was due to play seven innings at second base in Harrisburg's game at Bowie. Nationals manager Matt Williams had just finished laying out the plan for Rendon during his ... read more

Nats, Gio Gonzalez searching for consistency (with lineups)

FLUSHING, N.Y. - It's been all or nothing this week for the Nationals. Last night, Mets right-hander Matt Harvey put the brakes on the Nats offense, which had scored 34 runs in the previous three games. It was the second time in less than a week the Nats have been shut out. Left-hander Gio Gonzalez (1-2, 5.01 ERA) looks to get back on track after ... read more