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Zimmermann strong but outdueled in series finale Submitted: 04/09/2012
CHICAGO - The Nationals and Cubs found themselves in a pitchers' duel on Sunday afternoon. When it was over, it was Chicago that edged Washington, 4-3, at Wrigley Field. It was Washington's first loss of the season.

Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (0-1) pitched seven solid innings and allowed two runs -- one earned -- on six hits. He struck out four and walked none.

"I was able to locate the fastball pretty well, and the curveball and slider were both there today," Zimmermann said. "I felt good and felt comfortable throwing everything, any time in the count."
Zimmermann did receive a scare in the fourth inning when a line drive off the bat of Darwin Barney hit him on his right hamstring, but he remained in the game.

"I felt fine," Zimmermann said

In the sixth inning, with the score tied at 1, Chicago had a runner on third when Alfonso Soriano singled to left field, scoring Barney.

Zimmermann made it through the seventh unscathed, handing the ball to the bullpen to start the eighth. Ryan Mattheus entered the game for the second consecutive day and allowed a double by Starlin Castro which scored David DeJesus with the Cubs' third run of the game, and Ian Stewart plated Castro with a single off Sean Burnett later in the frame.

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