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BAL@WSH: Zimmermann gives up two runs over 6 1/3

Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will take the mound on Wednesday looking to make club history. Angels right-hander Dan Haren will oppose him and look to get back to being the old Dan Haren.

For Zimmermann, the finale of the three-game Interleague series in Anaheim will be a chance to continue a stellar stretch of pitching. Zimmermann is seeking his 11th straight quality start, which would establish a Nationals record. He's 3-0 with a 1.04 ERA in his last five starts.

In his last outing, Friday against the White Sox, Zimmermann went seven innings, giving up no runs on six hits in a no-decision. He also walked one and struck out four in a game the Nationals won in 14 innings.

"After the first inning, I'd say everything was working good," Zimmermann said after the start. "Baseball's a weird thing. There's highs and lows, and I'm pretty sure we hit every high and low you can have tonight. It was good to get the win, though."

Meanwhile, Haren, who was dominant early in the season, has given up 12 runs and 24 hits in his last three starts, lasting a total of 16 innings in those games.

Haren happens to be 2-1 in those starts because he's gotten uncharacteristically good run support.

In the Angels' 8-3 win against the Dodgers on Friday, Haren went six innings, giving up three runs on 10 hits while throwing 118 pitches.

"The offense picked me up," Haren said. "It definitely wasn't pretty, but I made pitches when I wanted to and got through it.

"I threw a lot of [good] games where I wasn't winning, and here I am, giving up 10 hits and winning."

Nationals: Hairston helping out
Utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. is 38-for-123 (.308) with eight doubles, a triple, a homer and 10 RBIs in his last 41 games. He's appeared at four positions (third base, second base, left field, center field). In his career, he's played every defensive position except pitcher and catcher.

• The Nationals lead the Major Leagues by having won 10 games when scoring two runs or fewer.

• Reliever Tyler Clippard leads the Majors with 21 holds and is 12 shy of matching Jon Rauch's Nationals record of 33 set in 2007.

Angels: Home-field advantage?
The Angels are 17-20 at home and have dropped seven of their last 10 games at Angel Stadium. Even with their 11-run outburst in Tuesday's victory over Washington, the Angels are scoring just 3.32 runs per home game.

• The Angels have won 16 consecutive games when scoring four or more runs, the longest the such streak by any team this season. The Angels are 35-7 when scoring four or more runs, second-best in the American League to Tampa Bay (36-7), according to STATS, LLC.

• Reliever Hisanori Takahashi has given up one earned run in his last 13 innings pitched, with two walks and 13 strikeouts, over a span of 10 games. He has lowered his ERA from 4.76 to 3.41.

Worth noting
• By having an 8-5 record against the AL, the Nationals have already clinched their first winning Interleague mark since going 12-6 in '05.

• The Angels' 25-man roster features eight players 25 years old or younger: Trevor Bell, Peter Bourjos, Bobby Cassevah, Tyler Chatwood, Hank Conger, Michael Kohn, Mark Trumbo and Jordan Walden. Eleven players on the 25-man roster have less than two years of Major League service time. Comments