Zimmerman's 2 HRs Lead Nationals Over Braves 9-2

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ryan Zimmerman homered twice and drove in three runs, and Danny Espinosa and Roger Bernadina each had three hits and two RBIs as the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 9-2 to split a four-game series between the top two teams in the NL East.

After Washington blew a 9-0 lead Friday night in an 11-10 loss, the teams split a Saturday doubleheader. The Nationals lead the division by 3 1/2 games -- as they did when the series began.

Zimmerman's two-run homer and Danny Espinosa's double keyed a four-run first off Atlanta starter Jair Jurrjens (3-4).

Zimmerman's solo shot and Espinosa's RBI double finished Jurrjens in the fourth. In his last two starts, Jurrjens has allowed 14 runs and 17 hits in six innings.

Ross Detwiler (5-3) won his first game since May 3.


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