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White Sox 3, Nationals 1: Miguel wins battle of Gonzalezes

Fifth starter steps up to make first-inning outburst hold up and snap five-game losing streak

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Bullet-point recap since I watched this game in between draft posts. Please fill in details I may have missed.

*The White Sox not only snapped a five-game losing streak, but they did it after scoring all their runs in the first inning. Gio Gonzalez walked two batters, and they both came around to score on two-out doubles by Melky Cabrera and Brett Lawrie.

*Gonzalez settled down after that, as the White Sox mustered just three hits over the rest of the game while striking out 11 times (10 K's from Gonzalez).

*That wasn't good enough for a win, though, because it wasn't even good enough for the game's best Gonzalez. Miguel Gonzalez outpitched him by allowing just one run on three hits and no walks over six innings. He carried a perfect game into the fifth inning before Daniel Murphy homered to open the frame.

*The Sox' Gonzalez escaped without any further damage thanks to strong defense. He had runners on the corners with nobody out in the sixth, yet the Nationals didn't score. Tyler Saladino cut down Jose Lobaton at the plate even while playing back on a grounder to short, and then Todd Frazier started a 5-4-3 double play.

*That ended Gonzalez's night after just 78 pitches. The Sox needed him to show that Mat Latos wasn't needed after his DFA earlier in the day, and Gonzalez was up to the task.

*Zach Duke and Nate Jones faced the minimum over the seventh and eighth, with Jones facing four of those batters.

*David Robertson closed it out, but with more drama. He fell down awkwardly on his first pitch, which ended up as a deep flyout to left. He came back to strikeout Chris Heisey, but Saladino couldn't turn Jayson Werth's hot smash into an out, and Bryce Harper dribbled a ball through the shift to put runners on the corners.

*Murphy couldn't come up with a second big hit, as Melky Cabrera ran down his fly to left to end the game and the losing streak.

*Read the draft posts about Zack Collins and Zack Burdi.

Record: 30-30 | Box score | Highlights