May 13, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Padres Edge Nationals 2-1


Another superb pitching performance from Jordan Zimmermann was not enough for a Nationals win on Saturday night. Eric Stults held the Nats to one run and Yonder Alonso and Everth Cabrera provided the Padres offense.

Jordan Zimmermann gave up a second inning solo home run to Alonso that traveled 375 feet to right field. It was Alonso’s fifth home run of the year.

Zimmermann rebounded and shut the Padres down until the eighth inning when Everth Cabrera drove in Alexi Amarista on a RBI single.

Zimmermann pitched eight innings, allowed two runs, one earned, and seven hits. He struck out six and walked none. A silver lining, even in the Nationals loss, Zimmermann pitched well enough to give the bullpen a night off.

Eric Stults stymied the Nationals all night. The only offensive output came from a Stephen Lombardozzi singled to right that scored Kurt Suzuki in the sixth.

Bryce Harper was given the night off for more rest after running into the wall at Dodgers Stadium Tuesday night. It seemed like a good night since Harper has hit .147 against lefties this season with southpaw Stults on the mound.

The Nationals will look to win the series in San Diego tomorrow by sending Dan Haren to the mound against Andrew Cashner of the Padres.

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