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Zimmermann, Nats down Braves

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Jordan Zimmermann tossed eight scoreless innings and has now held opponents scoreless in 18 straight frames as the Washington Nationals downed the Atlanta Braves, 2-0, on Wednesday night at Turner Field.

Zimmermann (5-1), who was coming off the best start of his career, a one-hit complete-game bid against Cincinnati, surrendered just two hits and no walks while striking out eight. Rafael Soriano saved it for Zimmermann with a perfect ninth.

Ian Desmond's two-run homer in the fourth inning was all the run support Zimmermann needed, as Washington snapped a three-game losing skid and defeated Atlanta for the first time in six tries this season.

Braves starter Paul Maholm (3-3) hurled eight strong innings as well to absorb the loss. Washington mustered just three hits against the Braves southpaw.

05/01 21:37:15 ET