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Jayson Werth went 1-for-4 in his return from the DL.
Hitting highlight: Just when it looked like the Nationals were doomed to yet another woeful night at the plate, they stormed back in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the ninth. Zimmerman led off with a double off the wall in right-center, barely beating Rick Ankiel's throw to second. Zim then took third on a wild pitch by Parnell, setting the stage for LaRoche. The veteran first base smoked a base hit through the right side hole, bringing home the tying run, then moments later took third on Desmond's double. After the Mets intentionally walked Roger Bernadina to load the bases and create a force out at any base, Lombardozzi lofted a fly ball deep enough down the left-field line to score LaRoche and set off a wild celebration at the plate.
Pitching highlight: The Nationals couldn't have asked for anything more out of Zimmermann, who didn't allow an earned run over eight innings, walking only one and striking out four. If you want to nitpick, those two unearned runs did come as a result, in part, due to Zimmermann dropping a toss from LaRoche on a play at first base. It wasn't ruled an error but it did help contribute to the Mets' lone rally in the fifth. Otherwise, Zimmermann was spectacular. He was efficient (101 pitches in eight innings), pounded the strike zone and did everything in his power to help his team win. Unfortunately, pitching alone can't win a ballgame. It requires some run support, and on this night, the Nationals finally gave their pitcher some at the very end.
Key stat: The Nationals have now drawn eight total walks over their last eight games.
Up next: The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday when Dan Haren takes the mound against fellow right-hander Dillon Gee. Anthony Rendon is expected to start at second base for the Nationals.