BOSTON (AP) ― The Washington Nationals have quite a one-two punch in their starting rotation.
Gio Gonzalez followed Stephen Strasburg’s strong effort a night earlier by pitching 6 1/3 effective innings to carry the Nationals to a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.
Gonzalez held Boston to two hits and no runs before leaving with two runners on in the seventh.
“We’re talking about two guys that are such talented guys, they have great stuff,” said Nationals catcher Jesus Flores, who caught both games.
“It’s hard to adjust. They throw hard and they have good breaking ball pitches. You’ve got to be a good hitter, just to go out there and look for a good pitch to drive. Stras and Gio are pretty much wearing them down when they’re in a good spot.”
One night earlier, Strasburg held Boston to two runs over six innings, striking out 13.
Adam LaRoche hit a solo homer and Washington spoiled Daisuke Matsuzaka’s return from reconstructive elbow surgery with its second straight win over the Red Sox.
The Nationals go for the sweep Sunday when Jordan Zimmermann faces Jon Lester.
Cardinals 2, Indians 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) ― Kyle Lohse allowed three hits in 7 2/3 innings to outduel Justin Masterson, and Carlos Beltran hit his National League-leading 17th home run in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.
Michael Brantley had two singles to extend his hitting streak to 17 games for Cleveland. But the Indians had only three runners in scoring position against Lohse (6-1), who ended a string of five starts with no decisions and a 5.16 ERA, and two relievers.
Beltran homered with two outs in the third and had three of the seven hits for St. Louis, which has won three of four. Shane Robinson doubled to start the eighth and scored on Rafael Furcal’s one-out sacrifice fly against Jeremy Accardo.
Minnesota 11, Chicago Cubs 3
Baltimore 6, Philadelphia 4
Atlanta 5, Toronto 2
San Francisco 5, Texas 2
Chicago White Sox 10, Houston 1
San Diego 5, Milwaukee 2
Detroit 3, Cincinnati 2
LA Angels 11, Colorado 5
NY Yankees 4, NY Mets 2
LA Dodgers 8, Seattle 3
Pittsburgh 5, Kansas City 3
Tampa Bay 13, Miami 4
Arizona 8, Oakland 3