Zimmermann, Desmond lead Nationals past Braves 2-0

Justin Upton's HR lifts Braves past Nationals 3-2 (Image 1)
Justin Upton's HR lifts Braves past Nationals 3-2 (Image 1)

ATLANTA (AP) – Jordan Zimmermann turned in another dominant performance with two-hit ball over eight innings, Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in the fourth and the Washington Nationals finally beat the Atlanta Braves, 2-0 Wednesday night.
    
The Braves had won five in a row this season over their NL East rival, and nine straight dating to last season.
    
Zimmermann (5-1) made sure that streak ended with another dominating performance, snapping a three-game losing streak that had knocked the Nationals under .500.
    
Atlanta starter Paul Maholm (3-3) nearly matched Zimmermann. He allowed only three hits in eight innings, retiring the last 13 batters he faced.
    
But Desmond provided all the runs that Washington needed, homering to left-center on a 1-1 pitch in the fourth after Bryce Harper led off with a walk.

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