--C Wilson Ramos will see his playing time increase in the coming weeks as the Nationals try to get him more acclimated to the starting catcher's role, manager Jim Riggleman said. Ramos is batting .357 this season, splitting time with Ivan Rodriguez, but Riggleman said that will change soon. "As we move forward, (Ramos) is going to get more and more playing time," Riggleman said. "I don't think he's at a point where being a No. 2 catcher isn't really going to benefit us or him. He's going to move in there and just play more and more as we go."
--RHP Jordan Zimmermann earned his first victory of the year on Friday, allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings in the Nationals' 6-2 win over the Mets. Zimmermann has a 3.18 ERA in his first two starts of the season, and threw 99 pitches on Friday, the most he's thrown since returning from Tommy John surgery last September.
--RHP Drew Storen could still pitch in save situations, depending on how he matches up with hitters due up in the ninth, manager Jim Riggleman said. Sean Burnett has earned both of the Nationals' saves this year, and would have pitched if there had been a save situation on Friday, but Riggleman isn't ready to anoint a full-time closer yet.
--C Ivan Rodriguez had his first hit of the season on Friday, punching a two-run single to right in the eighth inning to put the Nationals ahead, 6-2, which wound up being the final score. Rodriguez said he has been working to take the ball the other way more often, rather than opening up his stance and rolling over grounders to the left side of the infield, and it worked for him on Friday.
--3B Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with a walk in the Nationals' victory over the Mets, raising his average to .348 for the season. He has a .500 on-base percentage for the season, having walked seven times in seven games, and has a 1.065 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.
BY THE NUMBERS
11 -- Number of games it took the Nationals to win a game without a save last year; they ran their record to 6-5 with their first victory by more than three runs last season. They won their third game of the season on Friday, beating the Mets 6-2 without a save from Sean Burnett.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I don't know how that happened." -- Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann, on his two-run single to right field against Mets' knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey in the second inning on Friday. Four of the Nationals' six RBI came from Zimmermann and Ivan Rodriguez, neither of whom had a hit this season before Friday.
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