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MILWAUKEE -- Jordan Zimmermann's family and friends made the short trip from his hometown of Auburndale, Wis., and did what most fans do before games at Miller Park.
"They were out in the parking lot tailgating since 3 o'clock today, so I'm sure they're all feeling pretty good right now," Zimmermann said.
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"It was definitely awesome," said Zimmermann, who once pitched a Legion all-star game at Miller Park. "A dream come true to pitch in front of my family and friends, and everyone who came out to watch. I'm just glad I gave them a good showing.. I didn't want to go out there and have a terrible outing. I thought I threw the ball well and got some quick outs. They've got a pretty good lineup and I was able to do pretty well."
Zimmermann (8-6) struck out six and gave up five hits in six innings. The right-hander, who also played at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, has not allowed more than one earned run in each of his last seven starts.
Afterward, Washington manager Davey Johnson was asked if he noticed any nervousness or changes in Zimmermann's demeanor.
"Nope. He's always the same," Johnson said. "He's got great composure out there. He was throwing the heck out of the ball from the get-go."
Brown led off the fourth by homering to left field, his first career hit giving the Nationals a 1-0 lead. It was the start of a six-hit inning off Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf (3-7).
With one out, Michael Morse singled and took second on a balk, but was easily thrown out at home by right fielder Norichika Aoki on Adam LaRoche's single. The next batter, Tyler Moore, hit his sixth homer to left for a 3-0 lead.
"It was one of those games where Zimmermann was on," Wolf said. "I would have had to have thrown a shutout [to give the team a chance to win]. Zimmermann is probably the most underrated pitcher. He has great numbers. I would have had to be near perfect just to get a no-decision."
Milwaukee's run came in the fifth on Rickie Weeks' 11th homer of the season.
Wolf gave up four earned runs on nine hits in seven innings, as the Brewers lost for the eighth time in nine games.
"It's a lack of the whole team getting together offensively and defensively," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "When you are not consistent in those two parts for a long time, it is hard to get on that winning streak. Sometimes we're pitching well and we are not scoring runs."
|The Nationals' Tyler Clippard records two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning to earn his 19th save. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Danny Espinosa, SS||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.249|
|Corey Brown, CF||5||1||1||1||0||2||2||.083|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||3||1||1||1||1||1||1||.271|
|Michael Morse, RF-LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.299|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.264|
|Tyler Moore, LF||4||1||2||2||0||1||1||.301|
|Sean Burnett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tyler Clippard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jesus Flores, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.229|
|Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.264|
|Jordan Zimmermann, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.205|
|a- Mark DeRosa, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.161|
|Drew Storen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Roger Bernadina, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.284|
|a-flied out for Zimmermann in the 7th|
|HR - Corey Brown (1, Wolf), Ryan Zimmerman (15, Wolf), Tyler Moore (6, Wolf)|
|RBI - Corey Brown (2), Ryan Zimmerman (55), Tyler Moore 2 (15)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (22), Tyler Moore 2 (2)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Zimmerman-Lombardozzi-LaRoche|
|Jordan Zimmermann (W,8-6)||6||5||1||1||1||6||0||2.28|
|Drew Storen (H,3)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.91|
|Sean Burnett (H,23)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.08|
|Tyler Clippard (S,19)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.91|
|HBP - Weeks (by Drew Storen)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 93-69, Drew Storen 12-8, Sean Burnett 11-5, Tyler Clippard 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 7-4, Drew Storen 1-1, Sean Burnett 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 23, Drew Storen 4, Sean Burnett 4, Tyler Clippard 3|
|Norichika Aoki, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.280|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.244|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.313|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.286|
|Corey Hart, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.260|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||3||0||2||1||0||0||0||.209|
|Martin Maldonado, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.272|
|Cody Ransom, SS||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.205|
|Randy Wolf, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.156|
|a- Jonathan Lucroy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.336|
|Jim Henderson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kameron Loe, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-lined out for Wolf in the 7th|
|2B - Aramis Ramirez (35, Zimmermann), Rickie Weeks (20, Zimmermann)|
|SH - Carlos Gomez (4)|
|RBI - Rickie Weeks (35)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Norichika Aoki 1|
|Randy Wolf (L,3-7)||7||9||4||4||1||6||3||5.45|
|Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 105-74, Jim Henderson 17-10, Kameron Loe 6-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 10-4, Jim Henderson 1-0, Kameron Loe 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 30, Jim Henderson 4, Kameron Loe 4|
|Attendance - 41890|
|Game Time - 2:41|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Paul Schrieber|