Gio Gonzalez couldn’t have had a better day.
The left-hander allowed a single run on three hits, striking out six, and homered in his first start of 2014, leading the Washington Nationals to a 5-1 win over the New York Mets at Citifield.
Gonzalez (W, 1-0, 1.50) was exceptionally sharp, throwing 60 of his 91 pitches for strikes. The only Mets hitter to have any success was outfielder Juan Lagares, who doubled and tripled for two of the Mets’ three hits.
Meanwhile, Gonzalez’ homer in the fifth inning came off of Bartolo Colon, making his Mets debut (3 ER on 9 hits).
The Nats pounded out 13 hits in total. Jayson Werth went 4-for-5 on the day, while Denard Span and Anthony Rendon, hitting 1-2 in the order, both had a pair of hits. Span scored twice. Ian Desmond homered in the fifth against Colon as well.
Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard and Craig Stammen each threw a scoreless inning of relief. Storen and Stammen struck out two apiece and Clippard K’d the side while walking one.
About the only negative on the day was Ryan Zimmerman’s throwing error.
The Nationals finish off their opening series against the Mets on Thursday at 1:10 pm. Jordan Zimmermann looks to follow up his 19-win season against Zack Wheeler.