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Zimmerman's two-run HR guides Nats

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MIAMI -- Ryan Zimmerman benefited from time off during the All-Star break and it showed in his first game back.

Zimmerman went 3 for 4 and hit a two-run home run to help lead the Washington Nationals to a 5-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday night.

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"Getting the rest kind of helped everyone," Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman, who has been dealing with a bothersome right shoulder, was 3 for 16 heading into the break.

Jesus Flores drove in two runs for the Nationals, who have won six of eight.

Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann (6-6) pitched six scoreless innings allowing four hits and striking out six as he lowered his ERA to 2.48. He is one of two pitchers in the majors who has pitched at least six innings in each of his starts this season.

"Last year I thought he pitched like a No. 1 [starter] and he's continued this year," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "He's been not getting hardly any run support, but he's growing up even more this year."

Josh Johnson (5-6) lost to Washington for the first time in his career as he allowed five runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Johnson was 8-0 in 15 starts against the Nationals.

"Pretty bad, not the way you want to start the second half," Johnson said.

The Marlins were out-hit 13-7 and have dropped three straight.

"We couldn't put it together," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Zimmermann threw the ball pretty good. Today, we took it like another All-Star break day. Hopefully tomorrow we can come back and swing the bats better."

Ian Desmond's RBI single scored the Nationals' first run before Zimmerman connected off Johnson to left-center field in the third to make it 3-0.

"He's always good," Zimmerman said of Johnson. "He's not a fun guy to face, but he made a mistake and I put a good swing on it."

Zimmermann allowed three hits to the first five batters before settling down. He was at his best in the fourth inning when he struck out Logan Morrison, Hanley Ramirez and Justin Ruggiano, all swinging.

"I had a pretty good fastball tonight and I was able to locate it pretty well," Zimmermann said. "I was just spotting up with that and I got some swings and misses."

Adam LaRoche singled to lead off the sixth, his third hit of the game, and Desmond followed with a hit. Flores drove them both home with a single to left that dropped right in front of Morrison. LaRoche crossed home plate just before Desmond, who was only three steps behind and extended the lead to 5-0.

"Desi is a lot faster than Adam," Zimmerman said. "I guess Adam was going to tag up and score if the guy caught it with his speed. It was one of those funny plays. I'm just glad they both scored."

Flores' hit ended Johnson's outing.

The Marlins threatened in the seventh when Zimmermann left in favor of Henry Rodriguez. After John Buck's RBI single scored Ruggiano to make it 5-1, Austin Kearns lined into an inning-ending double play to pitcher Mike Gonzalez, who had relieved Rodriguez.

Ruggiano stole a career-high three bases.

Notes

  • Zimmerman's home run was his 15th against the Marlins, the most he's hit against any club.
  • Ramirez was dropped to fifth in the lineup for the first time in his career after closing the first half on a 2-for-22 slump. "Hanley is struggling at the plate," Guillen said. "As Hanley starts hitting better he will be moved back to where he is supposed to be [in the third spot]."
  • Miami placed OF Giancarlo Stanton (right knee surgery) on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 8, and activated OF Emilio Bonifacio (left thumb surgery) off the 15-day DL after Bonifacio missed 46 games. Stanton is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. "I don't know [when I'll be back], I just started walking," Stanton said. "I honestly have no idea. They say four to six weeks, but I've got no clue."
  • Marlins first-round pick LHP Andrew Heaney signed a $2.6 million bonus just before Friday's deadline and was in attendance.
  • Miami-native LHP Gio Gonzalez (12-3, 2.92 ERA) will start Saturday for the Nationals against LHP Mark Buehrle (8-8, 3.25 ERA), who has won his last three starts.
 
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The Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman connects on his 15th career home run against the Marlins, the most he's hit against any team.  (US Presswire)
The Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman connects on his 15th career home run against the Marlins, the most he's hit against any team. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Washington

R. Zimmerman
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Washington

J. Zimmermann
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 6
 

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Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stephen Lombardozzi, LF5010011 .265
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
Bryce Harper, CF-RF5110021 .281
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4132001 .250
Michael Morse, RF-LF4000033 .281
Adam LaRoche, 1B4230001 .262
Ian Desmond, SS4121021 .287
Danny Espinosa, 2B4020012 .235
Jesus Flores, C4012000 .230
Jordan Zimmermann, P3000012 .242
    Henry Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Mattheus, P0000000 .000
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark DeRosa, PH1000010 .130
    Rick Ankiel, CF0000000 .228
Totals385135011  
a-struck out for Burnett in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adam LaRoche (21, Johnson), Danny Espinosa (21, Webb)
HR - Ryan Zimmerman (9, Johnson)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman 2 (42), Ian Desmond (52), Jesus Flores 2 (15)
SB - Bryce Harper (11, 3rd base off Johnson/Buck), Ian Desmond (12, 2nd base off Johnson/Buck)
CS - Danny Espinosa (4, 3rd base by Webb/Buck)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Stephen Lombardozzi 1
DP - Gonzalez-LaRoche
E - Jesus Flores (2, Throwing), Jordan Zimmermann (2, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Zimmermann (W,6-6) 6400160 2.48
Henry Rodriguez 0.1111210 4.94
Mike Gonzalez (H,3) 0.2000000 1.42
Ryan Mattheus 0.2100000 1.78
Sean Burnett 0.1000010 1.97
Tyler Clippard 1100020 1.88
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 87-61, Henry Rodriguez 20-9, Mike Gonzalez 1-1, Ryan Mattheus 15-7, Sean Burnett 5-3, Tyler Clippard 24-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 2-9, Ryan Mattheus 1-1
Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 22, Henry Rodriguez 4, Mike Gonzalez 1, Ryan Mattheus 3, Sean Burnett 1, Tyler Clippard 4
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS3010100 .265
Omar Infante, 2B4000002 .286
Carlos Lee, 1B4020012 .284
Logan Morrison, LF4000033 .245
Hanley Ramirez, 3B4020020 .251
Justin Ruggiano, RF3110111 .388
Emilio Bonifacio, CF3000112 .263
John Buck, C4011012 .178
Josh Johnson, P2000010 .040
    Wade LeBlanc, P0000000 .000
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH0000000 .301
   b- Austin Kearns, PH1000002 .263
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
Totals32171310  
a-announced for LeBlanc in the 7th
b-lined out for Dobbs in the 7th
Batting
RBI - John Buck (25)
SB - Justin Ruggiano 3 (6, 3rd base off Zimmermann/Flores, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Flores, 3rd base off Rodriguez/Flores)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Infante-Lee
E - Logan Morrison (5, Misplayed grounder)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Johnson (L,5-6) 5.11155061 4.28
Wade LeBlanc 1.2100020 0.00
Ryan Webb 1100010 5.50
Randy Choate 1000020 2.35
WP - Josh Johnson (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 99-62, Wade LeBlanc 27-17, Ryan Webb 16-10, Randy Choate 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 5-4, Ryan Webb 1-0, Randy Choate 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 26, Wade LeBlanc 6, Ryan Webb 3, Randy Choate 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30911
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn