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When the Nationals have needed to gather themselves, as they did on Friday night, they've done it on several occasions behind right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. And with another strong outing from the right-hander, they ended a two-game losing streak with a win over the Rockies.
Zimmermann allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings, striking out eight batters and allowing just four hits. While Zimmermann was putting shutout innings on the board, the Nationals took a 4-0 lead over Colorado, getting a two-run homer from the streaking Michael Morse, who went 3-for-5 in the Nationals' 5-3 win.
Davey Johnson talks with reporters after the Nats' pull out the victory in Colorado
The victory ended a two-game losing streak, and evened the Nationals' series with the Rockies at a game apiece.
Zimmermann will likely be shut down for the season after three more starts, and it was easy on Friday night to see again what the Nationals will lose when they cut his season short in his first year coming back from Tommy John surgery. He's become a legitimate stopper, and his ability to take over a game should only increase as the Nationals give him more leeway with his innings. Once they finally have Stephen Strasburg and Zimmermann in the same rotation, they'll have as good a reason for optimism as they've had in a long time.
On Friday night, they ended a losing streak largely because Zimmermann continued his impressive season. They won't have him much longer, but for now, he's giving them a big boost.