For starter Jordan Zimmermann, the streak is over.
For 21 consecutive starts, the Washington Nationals right-hander had lasted at least six innings, but against the visiting Miami Marlins on Saturday night, Zimmermann didn't reach his usual bench mark. Throwing 96 pitches over five innings, he didn't return for the sixth, replaced by reliever Tom Gorzelanny instead.
Zimmermann surrendered five runs (four earned) on seven hits over those first five innings, leaving the game while Washington trailed by a score of 5-3. Since, though, they added a run in the bottom of the sixth and trail by just one run two-thirds of the way through the contest at Nationals Park.
Oddly enough, he might've been more successful at the plate. In the third, he was walked and eventually scored on a single from Ryan Zimmerman.
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