Posted September 10, 2012 on AP on Fox
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 looked relaxed in extending his career high for wins. While he waited in the on-deck circle in the sixth, he chatted with fans in the front row as Suzuki batted. The Nationals opened a six-game swing that ends this weekend in Atlanta, where they'll play their closest pursuers in the NL East. It had already been a jocular trip for the Nationals by the tim...
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