courtesy of statesman.com
HOUSTON (AP) Gio Gonzalez pitched a nine-inning complete game and hit a home run - both career firsts - to lead the Washington Nationals to a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson was hoping Gonzalez (14-6) could go deep into this game after his bullpen had been taxed with games of 11 and 12 innings to start this series.
He got just what he wanted from Gonzalez, whose other complete game was an eight-inning outing when he was with Oakland in a 4-1 win over the White Sox on Aug. 1, 2010.
Things got dicey in the ninth when he allowed three hits and a run and had the tying run on third before striking out Matt Downs to end the game.
He allowed nine hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
Gonzalez broke a 1-1 tie with his two-run, first-pitch homer into the Crawford Boxes in left field in the second inning.