Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Gio Gonzalez was nearly unhittable Thursday and got plenty of run support as the Washington Nationals rolled to an 8-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a four-game series.
Gonzalez (2-1) spun eight brilliant innings and only allowed one hit -- a home run off the bat of Joey Votto. The left-hander walked two and struck out seven to halt Washington's four-game losing streak.
Danny Espinosa celebrated his 26th birthday with a home run and three RBI, Denard Span went 3-for-5 and knocked in three runs and Bryce Harper added two hits and a solo homer in the victory.
The Reds were coming off a successful 8-2 homestand but began their 10-game road trip on the wrong foot. Their only run came when Votto took a 2-1 pitch the other way and barely cleared the left-field wall in the fourth.