Posted: Jul 10, 2011 3:30 PM by Lee Douglas
Updated: Jul 10, 2011 3:32 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Jordan Zimmermann took a shutout into the seventh inning, Roger Bernadina and Rick Ankiel provided the offense, and the Washington Nationals beat the Colorado Rockies 2-0 Sunday to head into the All-Star break with a .500 record for the first time since 2005.
This amounted to a rout for the Nationals, whose previous 10 victories had come by either one run or in extra innings. They ended a three-game losing streak, too - and each of those defeats was by a single run.
Zimmermann (6-7) went 6 1-3 innings, allowing four singles. He also struck out six and didn't walk anyone, continuing his impressive return from reconstructive elbow surgery.
He was nearly matched by Colorado's Jhoulys Chacin (8-7), who gave up one run and four hits in seven innings.
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