Hitting highlight: Stymied all night by Harvey, the Nationals couldn't wait to get the young ace out of the game and get into the Mets' bullpen. They finally got the chance in the ninth and made it worthwhile. After Anthony Rendon grounded out, Zimmerman worked the count to 3-1 against Hawkins. He then drove the veteran reliever's next pitch over the wall in right-center for a long-awaited, walk-off homer. It was Zimmerman's ninth of his career, but his first since 2011. It couldn't have come at a better time, salvaging a long day of baseball for the Nationals.
Pitching highlight: Here's a statement you never expected to read back on Opening Day: Ross Ohlendorf has been a godsend for the Nationals. A forgotten man in spring training who figured merely to help fill out the Class AAA rotation, he has been phenomenal since joining the big-league staff last month. And he may now get a chance to stay in the rotation. With six innings of one-run ball tonight, Ohlendorf lowered his ERA to 1.87. He has obviously earned the trust of his manager; despite his pitch count sitting at 113 with two outs in the seventh, two on and David Wright at the plate in a 1-1 game, there wasn't a mouse stirring in the Nationals' bullpen. Ohlendorf rewarded Davey Johnson's show of faith by getting Wright to pop out and end his night on a high note. What happens next for the veteran hurler? We'll find out, but he's certainly earned the right to keep starting games for this team.
Key stat: Tyler Clippard has given up one run in 22 appearances dating back to the end of May.
Up next: These two teams are back at it Saturday afternoon. Dan Haren faces Dillon Gee at 3:05 p.m. on Fox.