Gio Gonzalez carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and gave up just one run on two hits in 6 1/3 innings to take home a 3-1 victory over the Mets on Saturday afternoon.
He fanned six batters and issued three walks in the contest. The only mark against him came in the sixth inning when he gave up a lead-off walk that was followed by a Juan Lagares single to break up his bid for a no-hitter. After a Michael Conforto strikeout, Asdrubal Cabrera singled to center to bring in a run. Gonzalez now has a 1.35 ERA through his first four starts of the season. He has struck out 21 batters and walked seven in 26 2/3 innings.
Jacob deGrom surrendered three runs in 5 2/3 innings while striking out 10 batters in a loss to the Nationals on Saturday.
He reached double digits in strikeouts for the second consecutive start but issued more free passes (six) than in his first three starts combined (four). He didn't seem eager to challenge Bryce Harper, walking him three times. DeGrom's ERA rose from 1.89 to 2.55 due to the three runs he allowed. It was his first loss of the season and he has yet to be credited with a win. He will face the Nationals again in his next start, scheduled for Friday in the nation's capital.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts suggested Julio Urias could start a game in the team’s upcoming series against the Giants.
Urias would likely start on Wednesday in place of Alex Wood, who joined the rotation when Rich Hill (blister) was placed on the disabled list last week. It’s unclear if the plan would be for Urias to simply serve as a placeholder for Hill or if the Dodgers want him to be a permanent fixture in their starting rotation. The 20-year-old hasn’t missed a beat in the minors this year, producing a stellar 1.83 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Justin Upton went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored against the Twins on Saturday.
He singled and scored in the second inning and lifted a solo shot in the third. Upton missed time this week due to a bruised forearm but didn't seem bothered by it today. The streaky outfielder has hit well in the early going, batting .272/.385/.545 with three longballs, nine runs scored and eight driven in.
Nick Castellanos went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored to lead his club to a 5-4 win over the Twins on Saturday.
He drilled a solo home run in the third inning, then smacked an RBI double to center field in the sixth frame. He now owns a .254/.293/.535 slash line with three homers, 11 runs and 11 RBI in 71 at-bats.
Francisco Rodriguez gave up a run in the ninth inning but still managed to lock down the save against the Twins on Saturday.
He surrendered a solo home run to pinch-hitting catcher Jason Castro and gave up a single to Brian Dozier before striking out Joe Mauer for the final out of the game. Rodriguez has been shaky this season as evidenced by his 5.87 ERA but does have six saves in eight chances. He is no longer a relief ace but he should have a long leash in the closer role regardless.
Speaking after Saturday’s loss to the Nationals, Mets manager Terry Collins said he doesn’t expect Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) to play in Sunday’s series finale.
Cespedes spent most of Saturday’s game getting worked on in the trainer’s room and didn’t feel healthy enough to pinch-hit when Collins called on him in the seventh inning. With New York playing a night game in potentially cold weather, there’s little chance of Cespedes seeing the field on Sunday. He’s day-to-day.
Michael Bourn (finger) will play in an extended spring training on Tuesday.
Bourn broke his right ring finger in spring training but appears to be on the comeback trail. He’ll report to Triple-A Norfolk when healthy.