Gio Gonzalez allowed just one hit in eight innings, and Denard Span and Danny Espinosa drove in three runs each to lead the Washington Nationals to an 8-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night.
Gonzalez, who allowed 12 runs in his previous nine innings, retired the first 11 Reds batters before Joey Votto homered with two outs in the fourth. He struck out seven and walked two.
By the time Votto homered, Gonzalez (2-1) had a 6-0 lead.
Washington had lost nine of 12 and their previous six home games. Cincinnati lost for the sixth time in its last seven road games.
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