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Washington at Kansas City

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Washington (65-64) «100402000790
Kansas City (64-64)001000010290

Nationals 7, Royals 2

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- His best pitch of the night looked so good, Jordan Zimmermann wanted to see it again.

So the husky right-hander went straight to the replay machine in the Washington Nationals' clubhouse.

He watched once again as Kansas City's Eric Hosmer flailed hopelessly at a wicked slider, striking out in the first inning and setting the tone for a 7-2 victory over the Royals on Saturday night.

"I just watched it on replay. It started off as a ball. It really went off the plate. I'm not real sure why he swung at it, but it almost hit him in the back foot," said Zimmermann (15-7), who tied St. Louis' Adam Wainwright for the NL lead in wins. "I threw a lot of good sliders tonight."

Rebounding from one of his worst career outings, Zimmermann went 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and eight hits.

He struck out seven and walked just one. After George Kottaras singled with two out in the fourth, Zimmermann retired 11 straight until Emilio Bonifacio walked with one out in the eighth.

"I had four pitches working and when I have that going, it's usually a fun night to be out there," he said. "And the offense got some runs early and allowed me to settle in."

Ian Desmond hit his 18th home run as the Nationals won their fifth in a row, all on the road.

The Nationals have won 11 of 15 overall while the Royals have been staggering.

After a 19-5 surge gave fans hope for an end to a 27-year playoff drought, they've lost seven in a row and 10 of 12.

"It's frustrating," left fielder Alex Gordon said. "I don't like losing streaks and I don't like losing streaks after we've been playing so well. We're professionals. We'll keep playing and grinding."

Wade Davis (6-10) allowed seven runs and eight hits in six innings, including Desmond's two-run home run in the sixth. He walked three and struck out four.

The Nationals, who scored seven runs in the fourth inning of a come-from-behind 11-10 victory on Friday, scored four in the same inning against Davis.

Ryan Zimmerman walked leading off and sped to third on a single by Bryce Harper, who had an RBI single in the first.

Wilson Ramos hit a sacrifice fly, Tyler Moore delivered an RBI double and Chad Tracy brought in two more runs with a bloop single.

"We're putting good at-bats together, seeing the ball well, pitching well, playing good defense," Desmond said. "It's just been a matter of time. We're starting to get hot. Guys are starting to see the ball better."

The Royals bunched three singles off Zimmermann in the third, including Hosmer's run-scoring hit into left-center. All nine of KC's hits were singles.

Fernando Abad relieved Zimmermann with two out and one on in the eighth and allowed an RBI single to Mike Moustakas before striking out David Lough to end the inning with the bases loaded.

With the victory, the Nationals guaranteed a winning interleague record for the third straight season.

Notes

Washington outfielder Jayson Werth, who hit a two-run home run Friday night, sat out with an infection between the toes of his right foot. He was hoping to play on Sunday. ... In a salute to the Negro leagues, the Royals wore the uniform of the Kansas City Monarchs while the Nationals dressed as the Washington Homestead Grays, a rematch of the 1942 Negro Leagues World Series. ... Alex Gordon recorded his league-leading 11th outfield assist when he threw out Ryan Zimmerman in the first inning trying to stretch a single into a double.

 
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Players of the Game
Washington

J. Zimmermann
IP 7.2
H 8
ER 2
BB 1
K 7
Kansas City

M. Moustakas
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF5110021 .264
Ryan Zimmerman, DH3110110 .272
Bryce Harper, RF4121000 .272
Wilson Ramos, C3111001 .290
Ian Desmond, SS4112021 .276
Adam LaRoche, 1B2100200 .236
Tyler Moore, LF4121010 .213
Chad Tracy, 3B4012012 .191
Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B4000003 .253
Totals3379737  
Batting
2B - Tyler Moore (6, Davis)
HR - Ian Desmond (18, Davis)
SF - Wilson Ramos (1)
RBI - Bryce Harper (44), Wilson Ramos (32), Ian Desmond 2 (61), Tyler Moore (17), Chad Tracy 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Tyler Moore (4), Chad Tracy 2 (6)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Tracy-Lombardozzi-LaRoche
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Zimmermann (W,15-7) 7.2822170 3.32
Fernando Abad 0.1100110 3.52
Tyler Clippard 1000000 2.01
WP - Jordan Zimmermann (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 114-78, Fernando Abad 14-8, Tyler Clippard 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 7-8
Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 31, Fernando Abad 3, Tyler Clippard 3
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF5000001 .265
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B3110110 .221
Eric Hosmer, 1B4011010 .299
Billy Butler, DH4020001 .290
Mike Moustakas, 3B4021001 .238
Justin Maxwell, RF3000132 .270
David Lough, CF4010024 .287
George Kottaras, C4010012 .179
Alcides Escobar, SS4110002 .236
Totals3529228  
Batting
RBI - Eric Hosmer (63), Mike Moustakas (32)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Moustakas (19)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alex Gordon 1
DP - Bonifacio-Escobar-Hosmer
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade Davis (L,6-10) 6877341 5.67
Luke Hochevar 3100030 1.93
IBB - LaRoche by Wade Davis
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Davis 93-53, Luke Hochevar 40-30
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Davis 6-6, Luke Hochevar 1-5
Batters Faced - Wade Davis 27, Luke Hochevar 10
Game Information
Attendance - 28023
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman