MLB All-Star Game: Gio Gonzalez Pitches Perfect Inning, Holds 5-Run Lead For NL

Gio Gonzalez was the first Washington National to make an appearance in Tuesday night's All-Star game. The Nats' starter worked an impressive 1-2-3 bottom of the third inning. Gonzalez came on in relief of starter Matt Cain and immediately struck out the first batter he faced -- Mike Napoli. He then got Curtis Granderson out on a harmless fly out to left and followed that up by getting his Yankees teammate Derek Jeter to swing over the top of a pitch and chop one to the right side of the infield. It was a quick 11-pitch inning.

Gonzalez's work held a five-run lead for the National League, which jumped all over AL starter Justin Verlander in the first inning. The Senior Circuit put a five-spot on the board in the first -- the most runs they've scored in a single inning in All-Star Game history. Both Ryan Braun and Pablo Sandoval took Verlander to right, with the portly Giants slugger knocking in three on a bases-clearing triple.

For more on the Washington Nationals and their week at the All-Star Game, make sure to visit Federal Baseball. Still not enough baseball for you? Head over to Baseball Nation for all the latest news from all 30 MLB teams and the MLB All-Star Game.

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