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Ian Desmond is congratulated after scoring in the fifth inning.
Hitting highlight: With Michael Morse now shut down for another six weeks, Adam LaRoche will be asked to hit cleanup and come through in big situations. The veteran first baseman did it again today, driving a two-out, two-run single to right-center in the bottom of the fifth to put the Nationals ahead. LaRoche now leads the club with eight RBI in seven games.
Pitching highlight: After a shaky debut with his new club in Chicago last week, Gonzalez was brilliant in his first start at Nationals Park. The left-hander allowed just two hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out seven over seven scoreless innings. He even picked up the first base hit of his career in the process, drawing a huge ovation from the crowd.
Key stat: Nationals starters Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg, Ross Detwiler and Edwin Jackson have now combined to toss 19 consecutive scoreless innings.
Up next: Jordan Zimmermann gets the ball for the Nationals' second home game of the year. Veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo will start for the Reds at 7:05 p.m. Friday.