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Hitting highlight: Adam LaRoche gave the Nats a nice cushion in the fifth inning with a two-RBI triple into the gap in right field. Denard Span led off the inning with a double off the scoreboard in right-center and Anthony Rendon followed with a single. Both were then brought home by LaRoche who hit his second triple of the year.
Pitching highlight: Zimmermann put in another masterful performance in a long line of them this season. The Nats' right-hander went eight innings with six hits, nine strikeouts, and one walk. He was efficient with his pitch count and relentless in attacking the strike zone. Zimmermann's threw 15 pitches, for instance, in the first inning, all of them strikes.
Key stat: Anthony Rendon has 25 hits on the season in his first 21 games as a pro. Danny Espinosa had 25 in 44 games before heading to the disabled list.
Up next: The Nats and Rockies continue their four-game series with Stephen Strasburg (3-6, 2.50 ERA) and Tyler Chatwood (4-1, 2.33) facing off. Chatwood drew many comparisons to Oswalt coming up through the minors, so the Nats may see similar stuff in Game 2 as they did on Thursday.