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First-pitch strikes critical for Gonzalez

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Gio Gonzalez threw strikes on Thursday night – 78 to be exact, on 112 pitches — keying his one-hit work over eight dominant innings in the Nats’ 8-1 victory over the Reds. Gonzalez (2-1), the Nats’ starter most susceptible to wildness, had walked 11 in 20 innings, lasting no more than six innings in any of his previous four starts. But with the lead from the third inning on, Gonzalez was able...

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