Gonzalez masters Phillies
Published : May 22, 2012 - 19:08
Updated : May 22, 2012 - 19:08
Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run in the second inning on Monday. (AP-Yonhap News)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) ― Gio Gonzalez continued to dominate hitters and the Washington Nationals continued to frustrate the Philadelphia Phillies.

Gonzalez allowed three hits over six innings and Ian Desmond homered and drove in both runs to lead the Nationals to a 2-1 victory Monday night.

Gonzalez (6-1), a former Phillies farmhand, struck out seven of the first nine batters and finished with nine strikeouts. That upped his total to 35 over his last four starts, all wins, in 25 innings.

“Even though they have a couple of guys down, they have a great lineup,” Gonzalez said, referring to injured Philadelphia All-Stars Chase Utley (knee) and Ryan Howard (Achilles). “You have to pitch them smart. I tried my best to keep the ball down.”

Bryce Harper had two hits for Washington, which had to escape a jam in the ninth to earn the win.

“Getting the outcome wasn’t easy,” Washington manager Davey Johnson said.

Sean Burnett came in with one out in the ninth after Nationals closer Henry Rodriguez allowed runners to reach second and third to earn his second save in as many chances.

Rodriguez began the ninth looking for his 10th save in 13 chances, but was lifted after facing three batters and getting one out. He gave up a leadoff walk to John Mayberry Jr. and a single to Mike Fontenot after getting Freddy Galvis to fly out to right. Johnson lifted Rodriguez after a wild pitch allowed Fontenot to reach second.

Cincinnati 4, Atlanta 1

Boston 8, Baltimore 6

Kansas City 6, NY Yankees 0

Pittsburgh 5, NY Mets 4

Miami 7, Colorado 4

Toronto 6, Tampa Bay 2

Houston 8, Chicago Cubs 4

St. Louis 4, San Diego 3

San Francisco 4, Milwaukee 3

LA Dodgers 6, Arizona 1

Oakland 2, LA Angels 1

Seattle 6, Texas 1