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Danny Espinosa congratulates Bryce Harper upon scoring in the third inning.
Hitting highlight: Who's scared to stand in there against Halladay? Certainly not Harper. The kid went right after the two-time Cy Young Award winner, singling in his first at-bat and then crushing a two-run triple in his second. The crowd of 45,569, which had given Harper a cursory boo the first time he stepped to the plate really let him have it after the triple. The 19-year-old, of course, can only view that as the ultimate show of respect.
Pitching highlight: Zimmermann wasn't necessarily at his best, but when the Nationals needed him to come up with a bulldog performance, he delivered. Handed an early lead, Zimmermann racked up a bunch of pitches early and put at least two men on base in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings. But he allowed only one of them to score, on Hector Luna's second-inning double. The right-hander was sitting on 98 pitches after the fifth and might normally have been pulled. But with his bullpen in the middle of a readjustment, Davey Johnson needed to squeeze another inning out of his starter. So Zimmerman went out and mowed them down in the sixth on nine pitches, ending his night with 107 total.
Key stat: In his career against the Nationals (2005-present), Halladay was 9-0 with a 2.13 ERA. Until tonight.
Up next: The Nationals will be going for the sweep Wednesday night when Edwin Jackson faces Cole Hamels (who hopefully won't throw any pitches near Bryce Harper's kidney) at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.