Jordan Zimmermann took a shutout into the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 6-1 on Tuesday night to continue their season-long dominance of the division rivalry.
Four-run first sets Nats up for win
Clint Robinson capped a 4-run first with a 2-run homer to help the Nats take the opener vs. the Braves. Nats SP Jordan Zimmermann fanned six in 7 2/3 scoreless innings, while Braves SP Shelby Miller settled down to strike out 10 but allowed 4 ER on 8 hits in five innings. Box score
Nats not wasting time in Atlanta
Danny Espinosa smacked an RBI double, Wilson Ramos added an RBI single and Clint Robinson capped the Nationals' four-run first with a two-run shot to right field. Safe to say Braves SP Shelby Miller's second inning is going much better than his first. Follow live
Harper with 5th-most votes overall
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper leads all NL players with 11,363,949 votes. Harper leads the league with a .715 slugging percentage, is tied for third with 24 home runs and is batting .339 on the season, which ranks sixth in the majors. NL All-Star Voting
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Power Rankings: Nationals jump 10 spots to No. 3.
Good news: Since coming off his short DL stint, Stephen Strasburg has 15 strikeouts and two runs allowed in 12 innings. Bad news: Anthony Rendon is back on the DL with a strained left quad Power Rankings
The Baltimore Orioles, following a sweep of a doubleheader to gain a share of first in the AL East, lead our nightly list of the best in baseball.
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Nats make big jump in rankings
The Cardinals are still No. 1, but the Washington Nationals are the big movers in this week's MLB Power Rankings, jumping up 10 spots to No. 3 after winning 8 of their last 9. Find your team
Cesar Hernandez had four hits, and the Philadelphia Phillies stopped Washington's eight-game winning streak with an 8-5 victory over the Nationals in the second half of a doubleheader on Sunday.
Final: Phillies 8, Nationals 5
Maikel Franco drove in 3 of the Phillies' 8 runs -- all scored off Nationals starter Tanner Roark -- as Philadelphia avoided a sweep in the 3-game series, snapping Washington's 8-game win streak.
Phillies find their offense
Philadelphia had scored just 4 runs total in the first two games of its series against Washington, but has put up 8 in 6 innings in the second game of today's doubleheader to take an 8-4 lead into the 7th. Follow live
Stephen Strasburg struck out a season-high nine batters in seven strong innings to lead the Washington Nationals to their eighth straight victory, 3-2 over the Philadelphia Phillies in the first
Strasburg dominant in Nats' 8th straight
Stephen Strasburg struck out 9 in 7 innings and the Nationals beat the Phillies 3-2 for their 8th win in a row. Box score
Vintage Strasburg, again
Stephen Strasburg added another solid post-DL start with a 7-inning, 2-run, 9-K performance today vs. the Phillies. He allowed no runs (5 innings) in his first start off the DL. The Nationals lead Philly 3-2 after 7. Follow live
Stras' reclamation project continues
Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (5.90 ERA) makes his second post-DL start today against the Phillies. Last time out, he allowed zero runs for the first time in 11 starts this year.
Nationals: OF Bryce Harper (hamstring) in lineup for 1st game of doubleheader against Phillies
Bryce Harper returns today
Harper was not in the lineup for Saturday's game -- which was postponed in the 2nd inning -- but he's penciled in at the 3rd spot and playing RF for the first of today's twin bill vs. the Phillies (1:05 p.m. ET).
Stanton's homers didn't mean wins
Giancarlo Stanton's 16 home runs in losses are the most in baseball this season, and the Marlins were 10-14 in games in which he went deep (20-31 in other games).
Rain washed out Saturday's game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals after 1 1/2 innings.
Harper not in lineup today
The Nationals OF is not in the starting lineup today at Philadelphia. This will be his third straight missed game as he's resting after his right leg cramped during Wednesday's game.
On Base Percentage.3248th
Earned Run Average3.7010th
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