(Associated Press)

Gio Gonzalez is on the mound for the Nationals for the second chapter of this four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Washington took the first game, 8-1, on Thursday putting the team 5 1/2 games ahead of the Braves in the NL East. And it was the second straight night that the Nationals swatted 13 hits. Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, meanwhile, is looking to extend the longest winning streak of his career (he’s 6-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last seven starts).

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