The Washington Nationals outlasted the New York Mets in Monday's season opener in Citi Field and though they fell behind again tonight in Game 2 of 162, the Nats finally got to veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon, scoring three runs on three hits off the big starter in what ended up a 5-1 win.
Colon threw 110 pitches, struck out four and gave up home runs by Ian Desmond and Gio Gonzalez in six innings of work in his Mets' debut.
Gio Gonzalez went six innings on 91 pitches in his 2014 debut, giving up just three hits, a walk and one earned run.
The top of the Nationals' order was humming with Denard Span (2 for 5, double, triple), Anthony Rendon (2 for 5, double) and Jayson Werth (4 for 5, double) accounting for eight of the Nats' 13 hits and scoring three of their five runs.
Adam LaRoche doubled in a run as well, going 1 for 5 on the night.
But it was all about Gio Gonzalez, who improved to (5-0) in his career against the Mets in Citi Field and won his sixth straight game against the Nationals' NL East rivals.
It doesn't get any easier for the Mets.
After Stephen Strasburg in Game 1 and Gio Gonzalez tonight, Jordan Zimmermann takes the mound in the series finale at 1:10 pm EDT tomorrow afternoon.
The Nationals improved to 2-0 with tonight's win and after they finished the Mets off, FBB's Doghouse and I got on the airwaves for the latest edition of Nats Nightly.
Dave Nichols from the District Sports Page was on his way to the nation's capital for this weekend's series in D.C. so he couldn't join us, but there was plenty to talk about with Wilson Ramos once again injured, Bryce Harper throwing Ruben Tejada out at the plate and the Nats' bullpen shutting the door.
• Listen to us talk about it all below: