PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gio Gonzalez pitched well enough for a victory. Unfortunately for the Nationals left-hander, his Phillies counterpart was a tad better.
Gonzalez allowed one run on four hits in 7 1-3 innings, but Phillies right-hander Roberto Hernandez pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings to lead Philadelphia to a 1-0 victory over Washington Sunday.
"It was just a good pitchers' duel," Gonzalez said. "I just tried to keep us in the game as long as possible."
Hernandez (2-1) struck out three and walked three while allowing four hits. His start was moved up two days because Cole Hamels had the flu, and he retired 14 of 15 batters in the middle innings.
"Gio pitched well and their guy did too," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "It was a good, old-fashioned pitching duel."
Chase Utley hit an RBI single in the first inning for the only run.
Philadelphia scored when Jimmy Rollins hit a one-out triple and Utley followed with a single.
"That set the tone for our game," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
Ben Revere tripled with one out in the Philadelphia third, and Gonzalez didn't give up another hit until Jayson Nix's leadoff single in the eighth.
Gonzalez got some help from his defense during that stretch, as Nate McLouth robbed Rollins of a hit with a diving catch in left field to open the sixth.
The slumping McLouth didn't have success with the bat, though, going 0 for 3. He has just four hits in his last 44 at-bats, and has been filling in for the injured Bryce Harper.
Denard Span opened the eighth with a single off Hernandez and the Philadelphia starter departed after Kevin Frandsen's sacrifice bunt.
Mike Adams, who gave up the lead and took the loss in Friday night's series-opening loss to the Nationals, got Jayson Werth to ground out. Antonio Bastardo then relieved and walked Adam LaRoche before striking out Anthony Rendon.
"We've had some really key hits over the course of the season," Williams said. "It just wasn't our day."
Said Gonzalez, "We're still good and the guys are working hard. I'm not worried about this team."
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