The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Gio Gonzalez went from changing diapers to fooling the Marlins with his changeup once again while Ryan Zimmerman continued re-writing the Nationals record book.
Zimmerman had four run-scoring hits, including two solo home runs, drove in five runs, received two curtain calls and became the franchise’s all-time RBI leader as the Washington Nationals defeated the Miami Marlins 10-1 on Wednesday night.
Gonzalez (10-5) allowed one run over seven innings after nearly tossing a no-hitter against the Marlins in his previous start. In between, he missed a turn to be with his wife for the birth of their second child.
The left-hander gladly discussed son Gabriel and the time spent with his family — “It was a beautiful thing” — but started his postgame talk with lavish praise of Zimmerman.
The first baseman also walked, scored four runs and finished a triple shy of the cycle.
He passed Tim Wallach (905), now the Marlins bench coach, for most RBIs in Expos and Nationals history with his second-inning homer. Last month Zimmerman became the franchise’s all-time leader in home runs.
“RBI, home run leader. Just put a crown on him,” Gonzalez said of Zimmerman. “He’s the best.”
That’s probably what Miami thinks of Gonzalez. In Washington’s 1-0 win on July 31, Gonzalez held Miami hitless through eight innings and finished with a one-hitter. He allowed seven hits, struck out six and didn’t walk a batter in the rematch. The left-hander has won at least 10 games in eight consecutive seasons.