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Hitting highlight: Ryan Zimmerman had a pretty good day reaching base in each of his first three at-bats. He walked twice to begin the game, then hit a two RBI double in the fourth. The White Sox intentionally walked Bryce Harper (the first of his young career) to put two men on with two outs. Zimmerman then lofted a long fly ball over Alex Rios' head in right field to clear the bases and put the Nats up 6-3.
Pitching highlight: Ryan Mattheus put in two innings of relief with one earned run, two hits, and three strikeouts. The run was off a double by Adam Dunn, but Mattheus sped the game up and bridged the Nats to the back of their bullpen.
Key stat: Dan Haren is the 1st DC pitcher to give up 9+ hits in his 1st 2 appearances of a season since Casey Cox of the 1970 Senators. Haren allowed ten through five innings of work tonight.
Up next: Ross Detwiler takes the ball vs. Justin Upton and the 8-1 Atlanta Braves. Should be an exciting series as the Nats are 7-2 and could take over first in the division.