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Nationals win as Zimmermann cools Detroit bats

10:06 PM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Bryce Harper had a homer and two RBI to back seven strong innings from Jordan Zimmermann as the Washington Nationals posted a 3-1 decision over the Detroit Tigers to take the opener of a two-game interleague series.

Zimmermann (6-1) became the National League's first six-game winner after shutting down a potent Tigers' lineup that racked up 37 runs during a four- game road sweep of Houston over the weekend. The right-hander yielded just one run while scattering seven hits and striking out seven.

He had help from Harper as well as Denard Span and Adam LaRoche, each of whom collected a pair of hits and scored once in Washington's fifth victory in six May outings.

Miguel Cabrera knocked in the lone Detroit run in the loss, only the second in the Tigers' last 11 games. Anibal Sanchez (3-3) struck out eight Nationals in six innings, but was reached for three runs (two earned) on eight hits.

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