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                  === Zimmermann, Nationals handle Royals ===
 
 Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Jordan Zimmermann threw 7 2/3 solid innings
 and  the  Washington Nationals  won  their  fifth  straight  game with  a  7-2
 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.
 
 Zimmermann  (15-7)  fanned seven  and gave  up two  runs on  eight hits in the
 second  test of  this three-game  series. This  came after  surrendering eight
 runs, including three home runs, over five frames against the Cubs on Monday.
 
 Ian  Desmond had  a two-run home run.  Chad Tracy also drove in two runs while
 Tyler  Moore,  Wilson  Ramos and  Bryce  Harper  had  an  RBI apiece  for  the
 Nationals, whose offense has been red-hot as of late. They have scored 38 runs
 over their winning streak.
 
 "We're  getting  a lot  of  runs  and we're  pitching  a  little bit  better,"
 Zimmermann said.
 
 Wade  Davis (6-10)  gave up all seven  runs on eight hits and three walks over
 six innings for the Royals, who have lost seven in a row.
 
 "I'm  not going to figure it out. What's going to happen is we're going to get
 some  hits and we're going to win a game and then we're going to come back and
 we're going to get on a roll again," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
 
 The  Nationals  got on the board  immediately. Denard Span, Ryan Zimmerman and
 Harper hit consecutive singles, the last of which drove in a run, to start the
 game.
 
 In  the third,  Alcides Escobar led off  with a single. After Alex Gordon flew
 out,  Emilio  Bonifacio and Eric  Hosmer hit back-to-back singles, with Hosmer
 scoring Escobar, to tie the game at 1-1.
 
 Washington  retook the lead in the fourth. Zimmerman walked to begin the frame
 and  Harper  singled to right, before  Ramos plated Zimmerman with a sacrifice
 fly.
 
 Later  in  the inning,  Moore knocked a  two-out RBI double  to left and Tracy
 drove in two with a base hit to left-center.
 
 Desmond extended the Nationals lead with a two-run shot in the sixth.
 
 Meanwhile, the Royals struggled to get runs across. They had an opportunity in
 the  fourth,  putting runners in  scoring position  with two outs, but Escobar
 grounded out to end the inning. They were retired in short order over the next
 three innings, before finally scoring in the eighth.
 
 Bonifacio  drew a  one-out walk and Billy Butler hit a two-out infield single.
 Zimmermann  was replaced  by Fernando Abad, who  gave up an RBI single to Mike
 Moustakas.  He  then walked  Justin Maxwell  to load the  bases, but ended the
 rally by striking out David Lough.
 
 Tyler Clippard finished the game with a 1-2-3 ninth.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Tracy  recorded his first multi-RBI game since May 5, 2012 ... Ramos has eight
 RBI over his last 11 games ... Span has hit safely in eight straight and 13 of
 his  last  15 contests ...  Royals reliever  Luke Hochevar threw three perfect
 innings.  It  was his longest  appearance since May  13, when he pitched three
 innings  against the  Angels ... The Royals are 33-33 at home ... Washington's
 Dan  Haren is scheduled to face Kansas City's Ervin Santana in Sunday's series
 finale.
 
 08/25 00:56:50 ET

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