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WASHINGTON -- Even Davey Johnson, at 70 the oldest manager in the majors, never heard of this one: The umpires got caught in a traffic jam.
Johnson's shortstop, Ian Desmond, could empathize.
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"I've been stuck in traffic many a time here in D.C. I'm surprised they got here as fast as they did," Desmond said with a smile. "It's always an adventure here."
Desmond had a triple and a pair of doubles, Bryce Harper hit a home run, and Danny Espinosa provided his first two RBI of the season, helping the Nationals improve to 5-0 at home. Jordan Zimmermann (2-0) limited Chicago to two runs and seven hits in seven innings. Both runs scored on groundouts.
"We threw a lot of fastballs inside," said Zimmermann, who is 7-0 with a 2.91 ERA in his past 13 home starts, "and got a lot of broken bats."
Johnson said the umpires "called in about 40 minutes before the game and said that they were a mile away, but it may take forever."
He added: "Didn't seem to bother Zim too much. Pitched a great ballgame."
Harper hit his fourth home run into the second deck leading off the fourth against Gavin Floyd (0-2), who allowed five runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. Harper turned on Floyd's first pitch of the at-bat, an 86 mph offering that never stood a chance. With a "thwack!" off the bat, the ball arced into the second deck beyond right field, and Harper paused for a moment to watch his shot before sprinting around the bases.
"Early on, he's hacking. I think he's one of the highest-percentage [hitters] early on, so you kind of know that and you're making pitches," Floyd said, "and my cutter didn't cut like I wanted it to."
That gave the Nationals 11 home runs in their past four games, 15 for the season. The 14 entering Wednesday were a franchise record through a season's first seven games.
Floyd struck out the next two batters, but then got into more trouble, giving up Desmond's double and Espinosa's single that gave Washington a 2-1 lead.
"It's a tough lineup," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "And when you get to that fifth or sixth inning, it's hard to get through it again."
Every Nationals starting position player reached base at least once; the only one without a hit, Kurt Suzuki, walked three times.
Harper's next time at the plate, in the fifth, he followed a single by Jayson Werth with a single up the middle of his own, this time on a 91 mph first pitch. TV replays showed Harper's bat split on impact with the ball, then broke completely as the wood slapped against his back on his follow-through.
Ryan Zimmerman followed with an RBI single to shallow right.
After Chicago drew within 3-2 on Alex Rios' RBI groundout in the top of the sixth, Washington chased Floyd in the bottom half by tacking on two more runs.
Desmond led off with a triple, Espinosa followed with an RBI double, Suzuki walked and Zimmermann sacrificed the runners over.
"There were a lot of guys that had really good [at-bats]," Harper said, "and really came up big for us tonight."
|Bryce Harper breaks his bat on this swing in the fifth inning, but still winds up with a single. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Chicago White Sox|
|Alejandro De Aza, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Jeff Keppinger, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.133|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.419|
|Adam Dunn, LF||4||0||0||1||0||1||0||.179|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.154|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.310|
|Conor Gillaspie, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.417|
|Tyler Flowers, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.227|
|Gavin Floyd, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.000|
|Donnie Veal, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Nate Jones, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Dewayne Wise, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Hector Santiago, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Jones in the 8th|
|2B - Alejandro De Aza (3, Zimmermann), Alex Rios (1, Zimmermann)|
|RBI - Alex Rios (8), Adam Dunn (4)|
|SB - Dewayne Wise (1, 2nd base off Storen/Suzuki)|
|CS - Alex Rios (1, 2nd base by Zimmermann/Suzuki)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Keppinger-A. Ramirez-Konerko, Gillaspie-Keppinger-Konerko|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Gavin Floyd (L,0-2)||5.1||9||5||5||3||7||1||5.56|
|IBB - Suzuki by Gavin Floyd|
|WP - Gavin Floyd (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 84-54, Donnie Veal 4-2, Nate Jones 18-13, Hector Santiago 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 8-0, Nate Jones 1-1, Hector Santiago 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 27, Donnie Veal 1, Nate Jones 5, Hector Santiago 3|
|Denard Span, CF||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.296|
|Jayson Werth, RF||4||1||1||0||0||2||2||.273|
|Bryce Harper, LF||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.394|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||2||0||.222|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.143|
|Ian Desmond, SS||4||2||3||0||0||1||1||.290|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||4||1||2||2||0||1||1||.200|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||1||0||0||0||3||0||0||.300|
|Jordan Zimmermann, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|Drew Storen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Tyler Moore, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Rafael Soriano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Storen in the 8th|
|2B - Ian Desmond 2 (4, Floyd, Floyd), Danny Espinosa (4, Floyd)|
|3B - Ian Desmond (1, Floyd)|
|HR - Bryce Harper (4, Floyd)|
|SH - Jordan Zimmermann 2 (2)|
|RBI - Denard Span (2), Bryce Harper (6), Ryan Zimmerman (5), Danny Espinosa 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Danny Espinosa (1)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Desmond-Espinosa-LaRoche|
|Jordan Zimmermann (W,2-0)||7||7||2||2||0||4||0||2.08|
|Drew Storen (H,3)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.25|
|Rafael Soriano (S,4)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||7.20|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 87-58, Drew Storen 15-9, Rafael Soriano 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 11-4, Drew Storen 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 26, Drew Storen 4, Rafael Soriano 4|
|Attendance - 24586|
|Game Time - 2:35|
|Temperature - 82|
|Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi|