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Edwin Jackson was torched for five runs in the top of the first inning.
Hitting highlight: It didn't count for much in the end, but Zimmerman's three-run bomb in the bottom of the third was the latest sign that the Face of the Franchise's bat is starting to come around. Zimmerman already had five hits in his last 11 at-bats entering this game. He had hit several balls hard over the last two weeks, but that blast into the left-field bullpen was his first home runs of the season.
Pitching lowlight: Take your pick: Edwin Jackson or Tom Gorzelanny? At least Jackson rebounded from his five-run first inning to keep the game manageable. Gorzelanny took a blowtorch to what was a winnable game, serving up five singles and a double during a torturous top of the sixth. Any hope of a Nationals comeback was extinguished.
Key stat: The Astros became the first team to hit three triples in the first inning since the 1995 Florida Marlins.
Up next: After feasting on the NL Central for most of the last two weeks, the Nationals welcome their division rival Marlins to town for the weekend. Ross Detwiler faces Carlos Zambrano in tomorrow's 7:05 p.m. series opener.