Jul 4, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) high fives teammates after beating the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Gio Takes On Padres


Ever since April, Gio Gonzalez has pitched like one of the best pitchers in baseball. Since allowing five runs in four innings against Atlanta on April 30th, which boosted his ERA to 5.34, Gio has allowed more than two runs in a start just once and dropped his ERA to 3.09. He also had success against San Diego in that timeframe, allowing just two earned runs over 6.2 innings on six hits and three walks in a game the Nats would win in extras, 6-5. The Padres will send Andrew Cashner(5-3, 3.31) to the mound, who allowed three earned runs in 6.2 IP against the Nats in a 13-4 Padres shellacking. Here are tonight’s lineups:

Washington

Denard Span CF

Ian Desmond SS

Bryce Harper LF

Ryan Zimmerman 3B

Adam LaRoche 1B

Jayson Werth RF

Anthony Rendon 2B

Wilson Ramos C

Gonzalez LHP

San Diego

Everth Cabrera SS

Chris Denorfia CF

Carlos Quentin LF

Chase Headley 3B

Kyle Blanks 1B

Logan Forsythe 2B

Jesus Guzman 1B

Yasmani Grandal C

Cashner RHP

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