Nats Take Series over D-Backs, Zimmerman Stays Hot

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By Michael Marzzacco

After dropping the series opener, the Nats won the final two games of the three-game set to take the series over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Here’s how it all went down in the District:

WEDNESDAY
Gio Gonzalez took the mound for the Nats and had five solid innings with eight strikeouts while giving up one run on three hits. The one run he gave up was a home run to Chris Owings into the left field seats in the top of the first. In the bottom of the third, Gonzalez helped his own cause with an RBI groundout that scored Michael Taylor.

In the sixth Ryan Zimmerman, who was named NL player of the month for April, belted a double to the centerfield wall to score Bryce Harper. Zimmerman also extended his hitting streak to 10 and recorded a multi-hit game for the sixth straight game. He finished 2-for-3.

After Gio exited the game in the sixth, Jacob Turner threw four scoreless innings the rest of the way with four strikeouts and no walks to seal the win.

THURSDAY
May the 4th was with the Nats as they took the series on Star Wars Day. Of course, the big celebration at the ballpark will happen later this month.

Max Scherzer took the hill for the Nats in the matinee and struck out 11 over seven innings of two-hit, one run baseball. He also had two hits and an RBI. Scherzer’s RBI came in the bottom of the second with an infield single that scored Ryan Zimmerman. Here are his 11 k’s:

In the third, Anthony Rendon belted a two-run double into left field that scored Bryce Harper and Zimmerman. In the seventh, Jake Lamb hit a solo shot to put Arizona on the board. In the eighth, the Nats got an insurance run as Chris Heisey hit an RBI groundout that scored Trea Turner. Paul Goldschmidt would homer in the ninth to make it a 4-2 game.

The Nationals would turn to Enny Romero to close out the game and the 26 year old lefthander got his first career save. He struck two batters out and got Daniel Descalso to ground out to end the game.

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