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WASHINGTON - On a brisk, damp night that hinted of October, Washington Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez pitched like a man...

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WASHINGTON - On a brisk, damp night that hinted of October, Washington Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez pitched like a man determined to make an impact in the playoffs. Ray Bourque Jersey .Gonzalez (10-10) struck out a career-high 12 batters and allowed just one hit through seven innings as the Nationals defeated the New York Mets 3-0 in the late game of a day-night doubleheader to salvage a split.Its not yet certain whether he or Tanner Roark will be the fourth starter in the rotation when the NL East champion Nationals begin post-season play on Oct. 3.I missed a month and I just want to come back and try to do my best and contribute, said Gonzalez, who missed a stretch of May and June with shoulder inflammation. To do my best to stay a part of this magic that weve got going.In Thursdays first game, Ryan Zimmermans healing hamstring appeared to pass a seven-inning test for playoff-bound Washington in a 7-4 loss.The split pulls the Nationals within one win a or one Los Angeles Dodgers loss a of clinching the National Leagues top record and home-field advantage until the World Series.In the second game, Zack Wheeler (11-11) allowed three runs over five innings as the Mets (77-82) were ensured of their sixth consecutive sub-.500 season.The Nationals did their damage off Wheeler in the fourth on a fielders choice, a passed ball, and one of three singles by Anthony Rendon.They hit one ball hard the whole night, said Wheeler, who allowed four hits and three walks. It was just one of those games where they were finding holes and they were dropping in. Its not the way I wanted to go out this year.Drew Storen worked a perfect ninth for his 11th save, closing out the first of two day-night doubleheaders in as many days for Washington.Gonzalez kept his strong September going. He struck out the side in the second and third innings and faced the minimum number of batters through five innings before issuing solo walks in the sixth and seventh.I mean, Ive had some fun outings this year, Gonzalez said, but (I was) definitely more aggressive this time in the strike zone. And, thats a lot of credit to the catcher Willy (Ramos). . We just wanted to attack these guys.He fanned Lucas Duda for a third time in the seventh for his career-best 12th strikeout, passing the mark hed tied five times, including three times last season. After Wilmer Flores lined out to end the inning, Gonzalez walked to the dugout to chants of Gi-o! Gi-o! from the Nationals Park crowd.Manager Matt Williams hasnt officially announced the clubs playoff rotation. Despite Roarks breakout year, its expected Gonzalez, Washingtons only southpaw starter, will join Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister.Gonzalez has battled inconsistency, but posted a 2.48 ERA in September (compared to a 3.57 ERA for the season), as well as seven consecutive quality starts.In the early game, Washingtons Zimmerman continued his quest to get healthy by hitting, running the bases and playing left field for seven innings to Williams satisfaction.It was less thinking about it, I think, which is exactly what we want, said Williams, who added that the two-time Silver Slugger winner couldve finished the game if needed. We want him to be able to react out there. I thought it was fine today.Matt den Dekker singled home the go-ahead run off Tyler Clippard (7-4) in the eighth inning. Flores drove in den Dekker from second with an infield single to add an insurance run, and Ruben Tejada singled home another run in the ninth.Curtis Granderson had three singles and three RBIs as New York belted 15 hits. Flores also had three singles.Im just getting hits, said Granderson, who has struggled since joining the Mets this year, but now has eight multi-hit games in September. I really wish it was more complicated than that, but sometimes you find a little bit of grass or a couple of holes here or there. Thats really it.Zimmerman went 1 for 4 and played left field in his second start since straining the hamstring in late July. He also lined out in a pinch-hit appearance in the nightcap.Zimmerman scored in the fourth after singling, going first-to-third at less than full pace on Adam LaRoches single, and running home at a similar speed on Ian Desmonds sacrifice fly to centre.I cant really go 100 per cent yet, said Zimmerman, who played seven innings Saturday but has had soreness as weather reduce him to one pinch-hit appearance since. Im sort of learning what I have, what I dont have, and the only way to do that is to go out and play.Carlos Torres (8-5) pitched the seventh, and Jenrry Mejia worked the ninth for his 28th save.ROTATING FORWARDWith Zimmermann (13-5, 2.78) starting Sunday, the right-hander could start the first or second game of next weeks NLDS on four or five days rest, as long as he shows no ill effects from a line drive taken to his throwing shoulder last Saturday.TRAINERS ROOMNationals: CF Denard Span (right knee soreness) was left out of Thursdays games two days after he departed following a tumbling catch in the series opener. Williams said he expects him to play Friday.Mets: After 3B David Wright (inflamed left shoulder) said Wednesday hes in the beginning stages of a six-week rehab program in hopes of avoiding surgery, manager Terry Collins Thursday said he may be more aggressive in resting Wright next season. What Ive got to do is forget about the asking and just give him some time off, Collins said. ... C Travis dArnaud (unspecified ailment) will not play at least until he sees Mets team doctors Friday, Collins said.UP NEXTNationals: RHP Doug Fister (15-6, 2.55) will make the early start Friday against Miami RHP Jared Cosart (13-10, 3.70), and RHP Taylor Hill (0-0, 4.15) will make his first major league start against LHP Andrew Heaney (0-3, 5.33) late.Mets: LHP Jonathan Niese (9-11, 3.50) will attempt to reach the 10-win plateau for the third time in his career in a series opener against Houstons Brad Pea**** (4-9, 4.82). Gerry Cheevers Jersey . Toronto dropped a 7-2 decision to the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon, with only a pair of late runs preventing a second straight shutout loss. Josh Willingham belted a two-run homer in the first inning and Kendrys Morales hit a bases-clearing double in the seventh as the Twins took the rubber game of the three-game series. David Pastrnak Jersey . Canadas 5-1 loss to Finland in the semifinal ranks as the tournaments most-watched game with a record 2.7 million viewers, the largest ever for a World Juniors game played outside of North America, and winning Saturday as the most-watched program on Canadian television. http://www.thebostonbruinshockey.com/jake-debrusk-hockey-jersey/ . The Asheville, N.C. native, who signed as a free agent with the CFL club last May, didnt see any action with Edmonton this season after opening the year on the injured list.HALIFAX - Andrew Ryan scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the Halifax Mooseheads to their ninth straight victory, 7-4 over the Charlottetown Islanders in Quebec Major Junior Hockey action on Thursday. Darcy Ashley scored twice, Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and two assists and Philippe Gadoury also scored for the Maritime Division-leading Mooseheads (42-18-3), who outshot the Islanders 38-25. Brent Andrews chipped in with three assists. 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