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WSH@SD: Gonzalez shines for six shutout frames

Nats left-hander Gio Gonzalez has won his last two decisions and has not allowed a run in his last three outings, a streak of 20 innings.

He'll put that streak on the line when the Nationals try to salvage the series finale with the Dodgers on Sunday.

Against the Padres on Tuesday, Gonzalez tossed six innings, giving up only two hits, while striking out six and walking two.

"You saw a good, live fastball, and a good, hard breaking ball," Padres manager Bud Black said after the game. "And his changeup was better than advertised. He pitches aggressively."

With Bryce Harper making his much-anticipated Major League debut for the Nationals on Saturday against the Dodgers, he'll get the chance to prove his worth once again on Sunday after a strong first game.

Harper got his first Major League hit, a double, in the seventh inning, along with his first RBI, on a sacrifice fly, in the ninth. He also nearly threw out Jerry Hairston at home plate in the bottom half of the seventh.

Harper will try to build off his debut when he faces Dodgers hurler Chris Capuano at Dodger Stadium.

A perfect 2-0 on the season with a 3.52 ERA, Capuano pitched seven effective innings on Monday against the Braves for the win, giving up one run on six hits.

Getting out of numerous jams, the left-hander had only one 1-2-3 inning, while walking four batters. However, he stranded five runners in scoring position and struck out five.

"It was frustrating," Capuano said. "Every time I looked up there were runners on base."

Nationals: Harper excited to begin big league career
Arriving in Los Angeles around 1:30 a.m. PT on Saturday, Bryce Harper could only get four hours of sleep, too excited that he was making his Major League debut against the Dodgers.

Harper is on Washington's 25-man roster after third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his right shoulder. Harper will be the everyday left fielder.

"I'm trying to play the same game that I've been playing," Harper said. "I tried to get as many at-bats as I could down in [Triple-A] Syracuse. Hopefully, Zim can get back and playing every day soon."

Dodgers: Coffey may not come back yet
While Dodgers reliever Todd Coffey is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday, manager Don Mattingly said it might be delayed a game.

Coffey, on the disabled list with right knee inflammation, made a second one-inning Minor League rehab appearance Friday night.

Worth Noting
• The Dodgers have not lost a season series to Washington since 2006, going 24-13 against the Nationals in that span.

• The Nationals have received scoreless starts in eight of the team's 21 contests this season, which leads the Majors.

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