May 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) celebrates with third base coach Trent Jewett (44) after a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Nationals Finally Take Down Braves

Jordan Zimmermann continued his dominance this season to lead the Nationals to their first victory of the season over the Atlanta Braves in a 2-0 win. The victory salvages one game for the Nats as they look  to split the series tomorrow.

Paul Maholm had a solid start for the Braves, but he paid for a lead off walk to Bryce Harper to start the fourth that was cashed in on Ian Desmond’s home run to center field.

Zimmermann was able to keep the Braves’ bats quiet most the night. He pitched 8 innings, gave up 2 hits, stuck out 8, walked none, and gave up no runs.

Rafael Soriano closed the game for the Nats and recorded his eight save of the season in a perfect ninth inning.

Not everything went the Nationals way. Bryce Harper left the game in sixth inning with a oblique injury he tweaked during a check swing. The injury originally occurred the night before when Harper tried to rob Atlanta pitcher Tim Hudson of a home run.  He is listed as day-to-day and hopefully will not miss too much time.

The Nationals will being looking pick up their second win of the season against the Braves tomorrow by sending Dan Haren to the mound to face Kris Medlen.

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