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Jordan Zimmermann had two hits to go along with six strong innings on the mound.
Hitting lowlight: Rough night for Rick Ankiel. And he only played four innings. In that span, however, the veteran outfielder popped up a sacrifice bunt attempt, struck out in the bottom of the ninth and then struck out in the bottom of the 10th. With the bases loaded. After getting ahead in the count 3-0. Perhaps it was best that Davey Johnson double-switched Ankiel out of the game after that.
Pitching highlight: For five innings, Zimmermann looked as sharp as he's ever been in his career. The right-hander was efficient, mixed in mid-90s fastballs with an assortment of breaking balls and stayed ahead in the count all night. He's only reached the eighth inning once before as a professional, and it looked like he might get there in this one. But a couple of mistakes in the sixth -- the home-run pitches to Jordany Valdespin and David Wright -- ultimately cost Zimmermann a chance to go deep into the game. In the end, he had to settle for merely a run-of-the-mill quality start. Which, as it turned out, wasn't good enough.
Key stat: When he crossed the plate on his sixth-inning homer, Wright became the Mets' all-time leader with 736 runs scored. The previous franchise record holder? Jose Reyes.
Up next: The series continues Wednesday night when Edwin Jackson faces rookie right-hander Jeremy Hefner. First pitch at Nationals Park is at 7:05 p.m.