The Washington Nationals have toggled between different methods of victory all season, and lately they have settled on brute force. They pulverized the New York Mets on Monday night with their new weapon of choice. Rather than lean on the best pitching staff in baseball, the Nationals win by banging the ball over the fence. They have traded scalpel for cleaver.

The Nationals clobbered three more home runs Monday night in their 5-1 victory over the Mets at Citi Field, their 10th win in 13 games. In his first start since Stephen Strasburg's shutdown made him the Nationals' unofficial ace, Gio Gonzalez bolstered his Cy Young candidacy by becoming the first major leaguer starter to reach 19 wins. He allowed one run in six innings, which gave the Nationals' offense ample room to flex.