Hector Gomez went 2-for-3 with a triple and a solo home run Monday in a victory over the Dodgers.
Gomez tripled and scored the Brewers' first run in the sixth inning, then hit a solo home run in the eighth off of Clayton Kershaw in what became a three-run inning. Gomez got the start at shortstop as Jean Segura was hit in the helmet on Sunday. As long as Segura is sidelined, Gomez should be in the starting lineup. He's batting .250/.286/.450 in 44 plate appearances.
Anthony Rendon (knee) will be shut down indefinitely after being diagnosed with a left oblique strain.
It's been a nightmarish start to the season for Rendon, who has been out all year with a left MCL sprain and now a strained oblique. The Nationals aren't sure how serious the oblique strain is at this point, so it's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. It's probably a safe bet that we won't see Rendon this month.
Ian Desmond went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run, helping the Nationals take down the Marlins 6-4 on Monday.
Desmond clubbed a Bryan Morris offering over the fence in center field to tie the game up at 4-4 in the eighth inning. The shortstop had slumped badly until recently. He now has two home runs, seven RBI, and a .236/.302/.377 triple-slash line.
Jordan Zimmermann delivered his best outing of the young season in a no-decision, holding the Marlins to two runs (one earned) in seven innings of work in Monday's win.
Marcell Ozuna singled in a run in the first inning, providing the Marlins their only run until the seventh, when Justin Bour hit a solo home run. Zimmermann only allowed six hits in total while walking none and striking out four. He got off to a slow start, but the Nationals hope Monday's outing is a sign he's turned the page. He has a 4.15 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP, and a 22/6 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings. Zimmermann toes the rubber against the Braves next.
David Phelps pitched well in 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, but got a no-decision as the Marlins lost late to the Nationals on Monday.
The Nats' only two runs served as bookends on Phelps' start, as they scored once in the first inning on a sacrifice fly and once in the seventh on Jayson Werth's RBI single. The right-hander, overall, allowed six hits, walked three, and struck out four. Phelps has been solid in four starts, now boasting a 3.24 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a 16/10 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. He'll look to keep it going in his next start, a date with the Giants in San Francisco.
Tanner Roark picked up his first career save after pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's comeback win against the Marlins.
Regular closer Drew Storen had pitched on back-to-back days and manager Matt Williams didn't want to make it three in a row, so Roark took the mound with a two-run lead after the Nationals stormed for four runs in the bottom of the eighth. Roark worked around a one-out single from Dee Gordon to close out the ballgame. The right-hander has a 3.21 ERA and a 3/3 K/BB ratio in 14 innings this season, pitching mostly as a middle reliever. Save opportunities should continue to be a rarity for Roark.
Yunel Escobar had a perfect at the plate, recording five hits in as many at-bats, as the Nationals topped the Marlins on Monday.
All five hits were singles. Despite reaching base so often, the Nationals only brought him around to score once, in the first inning on Ryan Zimmerman's sacrifice fly. Escobar broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning with a two-run single to right field, which proved to be the deciding hit. Escobar hasn't recorded an extra-base hit since April 22, but the Nationals will take his .311/.361/.411 triple-slash line nevertheless.
Brett Cecil retired the side in order in the ninth inning, picking up his second save of the season in Monday's 3-1 win versus the Yankees.
Cecil got Alex Rodriguez to line out to left field, Chris Young to strike out, and Gregorio Petit to ground out in a 10-pitch ninth inning. The lefty has converted both save opportunities presented since moving back into the closer's role and now has a 4.50 ERA with an 8/2 K/BB ratio in eight innings.