Gio Gonzalez gives up 5 in 1st of 11-8 loss to Pirates

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Gio Gonzalez gives up 5 in 1st of 11-8 loss to Pirates
Gio Gonzalez gives up 5 in 1st of 11-8 loss to Pirates

Gio Gonzalez gave up five runs in the first inning of yet another concerning outing for a Washington Nationals starting pitcher, and the NL East champions wrapped up the regular season Sunday with an 11-8 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Gonzalez (15-9) needed 39 pitches across 16 arduous minutes to record the game's first three outs, while his ERA rose from 2.75 to 2.96 just in that opening inning. This came a day after 2016 NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his last pre-playoffs start for Washington in the fourth inning after feeling something wrong with his right hamstring.

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