Zimmermann gave up five runs on six hits in six innings of work. He struggled at times with his location, as he allowed a season-high three home runs. Zimmermann did manage to strike out seven batters, but the damage from the home runs he allowed proved too costly.
With the loss, Zimmermann dropped to 8-7 this season with a 3.57 ERA.
Ross was bitten by the longball in the is one, specifically by Lucas Duda. Both runs Ross gave up on Saturday came on a pair of solo home runs by Duda, one in the fourth and another in the seventh.
Overall this season, the youngster has been solid this year. Saturday's performance lowered his ERA to 3.00, as he has not allowed more than three runs in any of the first six starts of his career.
Matt Williams expressed anger at
Washington could have used Harper in a one-run, extra-inning defeat.
"I want him to stay in every game," Williams told MASNSports.com. "We've talked about it. We'll talk about it again."
Harper defended himself. "I was sticking up for my team and myself at the same time," he said. "(Meals) was bad all night."
Harper, who went 0 for 5, was not pleased to be called out looking and began to argue with the home plate umpire, who quickly tossed him from the game.
The hitless performance snapped an eight-game hitting streak for Harper. Over that stretch, he hit .379 with 11 hits, three doubles, two home runs and four RBI.
Gonzalez lasted just 4 2/3 innings, while giving up one earned run on four hits in a no-decision.
Gonzalez (8-4) has a 3.75 ERA with 98 strikeouts and 43 walks in 110 1/3 innings this season.
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