Zimmerman sets franchise HR record, Nationals beat Reds 6-1

CINCINNATI (AP) The NL East leaders opened the second half of the season with a franchise record, a series sweep and a significant upgrade - exactly how the Nationals wanted to keep their momentum going.

Ryan Zimmerman set the Nationals' career home run record with a solo shot, and Bryce Harper connected again on Monday as Washington powered its way to a 6-1 victory for a four-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds.

Zimmerman's 235th career homer moved him ahead of Vladimir Guerrero for most in Expos and Nationals history. Guerrero quickly tweeted congratulations , saying he doesn't mind being second.

''It's special to be in one place your entire career,'' said Zimmerman, in his 12th season with the team that made him a first-round draft pick. ''You can't do stuff like this if you're not in the same place for a long time. So I feel very lucky to have spent my entire career here, honored to have hit more home runs than any Expo or National. It's cool.''

The Nationals emerged from the All-Star break with an emphatically successful series - 13 homers, including three by Harper, and 35 runs overall by the league's top offense. It was the Nationals' first four-game sweep of the Reds and left them 6-1 against Cincinnati this season.

Washington improved to a season-high 20 games over .500 (56-36) with its ninth victory in 11 games.

The Nationals' roster got a little better during the series, too. Washington shored up its weak bullpen by getting relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from Oakland on Sunday. They'll join the team in Los Angeles for the start of a series against the Angels on Tuesday.

''We know we have a good team and we've put ourselves in a good spot to start the second half, but we've got a ways to go,'' Zimmerman said. ''Obviously we acquired two talented guys for the bullpen, and we'll just try to keep scoring runs so that they can come in and lock the games up.''

Stephen Strasburg (10-3) recovered from his shortest start of the season by fanning 11 in seven innings and allowing four hits, including Eugenio Suarez's homer. Strasburg left his last start - a 13-0 loss to Atlanta on July 8 - after Nick Markakis' liner deflected off his hip in the third inning.

He allowed only two hits - including an infield single - in his last five innings.

''Your body wants to pretend it's the offseason,'' Strasburg said of the break between starts. ''It took a little while to get going.''

Scott Feldman (7-7) lasted only one inning, limited by a stiff right knee that has been bothering him. He gave up a double, a single, Harper's three-run homer and Zimmerman's solo shot in his first 12 pitches. Feldman left after facing nine batters and giving up five runs on 33 pitches.

''It wouldn't loosen up,'' Feldman said of the knee. ''It was one of those days. I put the team in a tough spot. We were down five runs right off the bat.''

Harper's homer extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Brian Goodwin's solo shot made it 6-1 in the sixth.

4 FOR 4

The last time the Nationals swept a four-game series was last season against Atlanta. It was the 11th four-game sweep in Nationals history.

KEEP RUNNING

Daniel Murphy scored from second base on Matt Wieter's fly out in the first inning, turning it into a sacrifice fly. Right fielder Scooter Gennett made a diving catch in the gap and then stumbled and dropped the ball while trying to get up, giving Murphy enough time to make it home.

STATS

It was Strasburg's sixth double-digit strikeout game of the season and the 35th of his career. ... Anthony Rendon extended his hitting streak to 11 games. ... Nationals starters allowed only one run in the series. ... The 13 homers allowed in a series matched the Reds' club record.

NATIONALS MOVES

Washington called up right-hander Jacob Turner from Triple-A. Right-hander Koda Glover - sidelined since April by a hip injury - was moved to the 60-day DL.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: CF Michael Taylor hasn't yet started baseball-related activities as he recovers from a strained right oblique. He went on the DL on July 7.

Reds: C Devin Mesoraco began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville. He'll play a few games and be re-evaluated. He's been sidelined since July 5 with a strained left shoulder.

UP NEXT

Nationals: They face the Angels for the first time since 2011. Washington is 6-7 in interleague play this season.

Reds: RHP Sal Romano (1-1) will be called up to make his third career start when the Reds face the Diamondbacks. He also started on April 16 against Milwaukee and July 6 at Colorado.

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  • W: S. Strasburg (10-3)L: S. Feldman (7-7)
  • HR: WAS - R. Zimmerman (20), B. Harper (23), B. Goodwin (8), CIN - E. Suarez (13)
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S. Drew SS51100011.273.309.386.6961.5
B. Harper RF41231110.329.436.6121.0489.5
R. Zimmerman 1B51311001.327.373.592.9658.0
D. Murphy 2B41000133.344.397.588.9850.5
A. Rendon 3B20100211.318.423.5891.0122.5
M. Wieters C30010003.245.295.377.6721.0
R. Raburn LF40100011.291.339.491.8302.5
S. Strasburg P30000012.128.150.205.355-0.5
a- A. Lind PH10100000.317.378.548.9251.0
J. Blanton P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
M. Grace P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for Strasburg in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Peraza 2B40100001.253.276.330.6061.0
Z. Cozart SS30000122.306.390.529.9190.0
J. Votto 1B40100012.308.424.6121.0360.5
A. Duvall LF30000011.277.322.545.8670.5
S. Gennett RF40000011.306.358.595.953-0.5
E. Suarez 3B31111011.252.356.437.7935.5
S. Schebler CF30100021.250.321.513.8340.0
T. Barnhart C30000021.264.324.383.707-1.0
S. Feldman P0000-000.032.032.032.000-
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a- A. Alcantara PH10000010.205.213.295.509-0.5
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M. Lorenzen P0000-000.143.143.571.000-
b- J. Winker PH00000100.250.400.375.7751.0
R. Iglesias P000000001.0001.0002.0003.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Wojciechowski in the 6th
  • b-walked for Lorenzen in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Goodwin (11)
  • 3B - R. Raburn (2)
  • HR - B. Goodwin (8), B. Harper (23), R. Zimmerman (20)
  • SF - M. Wieters (3)
  • RBI - B. Goodwin (21), B. Harper 3 (72), R. Zimmerman (64), M. Wieters (37)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Goodwin (10)
BATTING
  • HR - E. Suarez (13)
  • RBI - E. Suarez (46)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Suarez (24)
FIELDING
  • DP - A. Rendon, D. Murphy, S. Drew, R. Zimmerman
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. Duvall (8)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 10-3)7.041111113.311.1030.5
J. Blanton1.00001006.751.582.0
M. Grace1.00000103.481.353.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 10-3)7.0
J. Blanton1.0
M. Grace1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Feldman (L, 7-7)1.05551024.341.31-13.0
A. Wojciechowski5.02113415.221.2311.0
W. Peralta1.02000102.950.941.5
M. Lorenzen1.01000103.991.332.5
R. Iglesias1.01000201.610.943.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Strasburg (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 105-68, J. Blanton 14-9, M. Grace 11-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 3-5, J. Blanton 1-2, M. Grace 2-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 25, J. Blanton 4, M. Grace 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Feldman 33-18, A. Wojciechowski 70-39, W. Peralta 20-12, M. Lorenzen 19-14, R. Iglesias 20-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wojciechowski 2-9, W. Peralta 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Feldman 9, A. Wojciechowski 20, W. Peralta 4, M. Lorenzen 4, R. Iglesias 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Drew SS51100011.273.309.386.6961.5
B. Harper RF41231110.329.436.6121.0489.5
R. Zimmerman 1B51311001.327.373.592.9658.0
D. Murphy 2B41000133.344.397.588.9850.5
A. Rendon 3B20100211.318.423.5891.0122.5
M. Wieters C30010003.245.295.377.6721.0
R. Raburn LF40100011.291.339.491.8302.5
S. Strasburg P30000012.128.150.205.355-0.5
a- A. Lind PH10100000.317.378.548.9251.0
J. Blanton P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
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  • a-singled for Strasburg in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Peraza 2B40100001.253.276.330.6061.0
Z. Cozart SS30000122.306.390.529.9190.0
J. Votto 1B40100012.308.424.6121.0360.5
A. Duvall LF30000011.277.322.545.8670.5
S. Gennett RF40000011.306.358.595.953-0.5
E. Suarez 3B31111011.252.356.437.7935.5
S. Schebler CF30100021.250.321.513.8340.0
T. Barnhart C30000021.264.324.383.707-1.0
S. Feldman P0000-000.032.032.032.000-
A. Wojciechowski P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
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W. Peralta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Lorenzen P0000-000.143.143.571.000-
b- J. Winker PH00000100.250.400.375.7751.0
R. Iglesias P000000001.0001.0002.0003.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Wojciechowski in the 6th
  • b-walked for Lorenzen in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Goodwin (11)
  • 3B - R. Raburn (2)
  • HR - B. Goodwin (8), B. Harper (23), R. Zimmerman (20)
  • SF - M. Wieters (3)
  • RBI - B. Goodwin (21), B. Harper 3 (72), R. Zimmerman (64), M. Wieters (37)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Goodwin (10)
BATTING
  • HR - E. Suarez (13)
  • RBI - E. Suarez (46)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Suarez (24)
FIELDING
  • DP - A. Rendon, D. Murphy, S. Drew, R. Zimmerman
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. Duvall (8)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 10-3)7.041111113.311.1030.5
J. Blanton1.00001006.751.582.0
M. Grace1.00000103.481.353.5
Total9.04112121---
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 10-3)7.0
J. Blanton1.0
M. Grace1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Feldman (L, 7-7)1.05551024.341.31-13.0
A. Wojciechowski5.02113415.221.2311.0
W. Peralta1.02000102.950.941.5
M. Lorenzen1.01000103.991.332.5
R. Iglesias1.01000201.610.943.0
Total9.01166483---
PITCHERSIP
S. Feldman (L, 7-7)1.0
A. Wojciechowski5.0
W. Peralta1.0
M. Lorenzen1.0
R. Iglesias1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Strasburg (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 105-68, J. Blanton 14-9, M. Grace 11-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 3-5, J. Blanton 1-2, M. Grace 2-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 25, J. Blanton 4, M. Grace 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Feldman 33-18, A. Wojciechowski 70-39, W. Peralta 20-12, M. Lorenzen 19-14, R. Iglesias 20-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wojciechowski 2-9, W. Peralta 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Feldman 9, A. Wojciechowski 20, W. Peralta 4, M. Lorenzen 4, R. Iglesias 4
  • 6TH INNING
    Goodwin homered to right61
  • 2ND INNING
    Suarez homered to right center51
  • 1ST INNING
    Wieters hit sacrifice fly to right, Murphy scored50
    Zimmerman homered to left center40
    Harper homered to right, Goodwin and Drew scored30
  • 9TH INNING
    • Raisel Iglesias pitching
    • S. Drew: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Drew lined out to left
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Harper struck out on foul tip
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmerman singled to shallow center
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Grace relieved Joe Blanton
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Votto struck out looking
    • A. Duvall: Duvall grounded out to third
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gennett grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Michael Lorenzen relieved Wandy Peralta
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Wieters flied out to deep left
    • R. Raburn: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Raburn struck out on foul tip
    • Adam Lind hit for Stephen Strasburg
    • A. Lind: Ball, Foul, Ball, Lind singled to right center
    • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Goodwin lined out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Joe Blanton pitching
    • T. Barnhart: Barnhart grounded out to first
    • Jesse Winker hit for Michael Lorenzen
    • J. Winker: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Winker walked
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Peraza popped out to second
    • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Cozart popped out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Wandy Peralta pitching
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Harper singled to left, Harper out at second
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Zimmerman singled to left center
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Murphy reached on fielder's choice to second, Zimmerman out at second
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Ball, Duvall hit by pitch
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gennett struck out swinging
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Wojciechowski Pitching:
    • R. Raburn: Foul, Raburn lined out to shortstop
    • S. Strasburg: Strasburg grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Goodwin homered to right
    • S. Drew: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Drew struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Arismendy Alcantara hit for Asher Wojciechowski
    • A. Alcantara: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Alcantara struck out swinging
    • J. Peraza: Peraza flied out to right
    • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cozart walked
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Votto flied out to center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Wojciechowski Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harper walked
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Zimmerman fouled out to first
    • D. Murphy: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rendon walked, Harper to second
    • M. Wieters: Strike swinging, Foul, Wieters grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • S. Gennett: Gennett grounded out to second
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Suarez flied out to deep left
    • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Schebler singled to shallow left
    • T. Barnhart: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Wojciechowski Pitching:
    • R. Raburn: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Raburn tripled to left center
    • S. Strasburg: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Strasburg struck out looking
    • B. Goodwin: Goodwin popped out to second
    • S. Drew: Ball, Ball, Drew flied out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cozart struck out swinging
    • J. Votto: Votto singled to shallow center
    • A. Duvall: Duvall grounded into double play third to second to first, Votto out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Wojciechowski Pitching:
    • R. Zimmerman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zimmerman fouled out to first
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Murphy struck out on foul tip
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rendon walked
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Wieters popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • T. Barnhart: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • A. Wojciechowski: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wojciechowski struck out swinging
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Peraza lined out to right
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Asher Wojciechowski relieved Scott Feldman
    • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Goodwin popped out to second
    • S. Drew: Ball, Drew popped out to third
    • B. Harper: Harper popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Duvall struck out swinging
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gennett fouled out to first
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Suarez homered to right center
    • S. Schebler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Feldman Pitching:
    • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Goodwin doubled to deep right center
    • S. Drew: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Drew singled to shallow left, Goodwin to third
    • B. Harper: Foul, Ball, Harper homered to right, Goodwin and Drew scored
    • R. Zimmerman: Zimmerman homered to left center
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Murphy walked
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rendon singled to shallow left, Murphy to second
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Foul, Ball, Wieters hit sacrifice fly to right, Murphy scored
    • R. Raburn: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Raburn flied out to right
    • S. Strasburg: Strasburg fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Peraza singled to shallow right center
    • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Cozart struck out looking
    • J. Votto: Foul, Ball, Votto grounded into double play shortstop to first, Peraza out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)