The Nationals received contributions from all over their lineup to help Jordan Zimmermann get his NL leading eighth win. The 5-2 victory over the Phillies improved the Nats record to 25-23 and they are now four games back of the Braves for the NL East division lead.
Zimmermann battled through a stiff neck that limited his fastball, he allowed two runs and six hits, issued no walks, and struck out one over seven innings.
A four run fifth inning for the Nationals put the game out of reach. Adam LaRoche started the scoring with a RBI triple to center than plated Ryan Zimmerman. Later in the inning, Kurt Suzuki‘s single scored LaRoche and Stephen Lombardozzi’s doubled to deep right center drove in Suzuki and Tyler Moore.
Tyler Clippard and Rafeal Soriano pitched perfect eighth and ninth innings to cap off the Nationals win over their division rivals.
Dan Haren and Johnathan Pettibone will take the mound for the Nationals and Phillies tomorrow in the second game of the series.