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Jordan Zimmermann gave up a season-high three earned runs.
Hitting lowlight: Pretty much everyone in the lineup qualifies for this. The Nationals are doing nothing at the plate these days. Zilch. Zero. Nada. The worst moment of the night, though, came in the bottom of the sixth. With a potential rally actually in the works after Ian Desmond and Steve Lombardozzi singled, Rick Ankiel (plugged into the No. 3 hole) grounded into a double play. Adam LaRoche then grounded out on the first pitch he saw, killing whatever chance there was at a productive inning.
Pitching lowlight: Jordan Zimmermann's outing was by no means sub-par -- he still was credited with this fifth consecutive quality start -- but it wasn't up to his usual standards. The right-hander surrendered a season-high eight hits, two apiece in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. On the bright side, Zimmermann issued only one walk: an intentional pass to the final batter he faced. He's now sporting a 1.89 ERA ... and a 1-2 record.
Key stat: The Nationals have scored a total of eight runs during Zimmermann's 33 1/3 innings on the mound this season. Six of those came during one start.
Up next: Edwin Jackson will try to pitch the Nats out of their five-game losing streak when he goes up against Springfield, Va., native Joe Saunders tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.