Cristian Guzman reacts to called strike in the eighth inning. (Pat Sullivan/AP)
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
Jordan Zimmermann showed his full potential through the first six frames vs. the Astros, but he tired in the seventh, yielding a three-run homer to Kazuo Matsui. It was too much for the Nats to overcome, as they came up empty in the final game before the All-Star break.
BATTING 2B: Nieves (5, Moehler), Johnson, N (15, Moehler). TB: Zimmermann; Nieves 5; Morgan; Willingham; Gonzalez, Al 2; Johnson, N 3. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Johnson, N; Morgan; Hernandez, A 2; Dunn, A 2; Guzman, C. SAC: Zimmermann. GIDP: Hernandez, A. Team RISP: 1-for-11. Team LOB: 13.
BASERUNNING SB: Morgan (24, 2nd base off Arias/Rodriguez, I).
FIELDING E: Gonzalez, Al (7, throw). Outfield assists: Morgan (Berkman at home). DP: (Zimmerman-Hernandez, A-Johnson, N).
BATTING 2B: Lee, Ca 2 (17, Zimmermann, Clippard). HR: Matsui, K (3, 7th inning off Zimmermann, 2 on, 1 out). TB: Lee, Ca 4; Tejada, M; Pence; Matsui, K 5. RBI: Tejada, M (49), Matsui, K 3 (21). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Blum; Pence; Bourn; Rodriguez, I. SAC: Moehler. GIDP: Lee, Ca. Team RISP: 2-for-11. Team LOB: 5.