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Tigers offense struggles against Zimmermann

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 9, 2013 at 12:10 am •  Published: May 9, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The potent Detroit Tigers offense had a difficult time against Washington's Jordan Zimmermann on Wednesday night.

Bryce Harper hit a solo homer and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly, Zimmermann won his NL-leading sixth game and the Nationals beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1.

Zimmermann (6-1), whose scoreless streak was snapped at 20 innings in the third, allowing a run and seven hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and lowered his ERA to 1.59 in winning his third straight start.

"We didn't get much off a hot pitcher even though I thought we had pretty good at-bats off him to be honest with you." Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

Miguel Cabrera singled in the Tigers only run in the third after Torii Hunter doubled.

"The plan tonight was not to let Fielder and Cabrera beat me and (Cabrera) got that ball through the hole," Zimmermann said. "He's a great hitter and you're going to give up hits like that once in a while."

Cabrera is 11 for 16 with runners in scoring position over his past 11 games.

Jhonny Peralta had two hits for the Tigers, who had won four straight and nine of 10.

Detroit's Anibal Sanchez (3-3) allowed three runs, two earned, and eight hits and struck out eight.

"It wasn't like they roughed him up," Leyland said. "He gave up a few hits, but I thought he probably got better as the game went on to be honest with you."

It was Washington's first win against Sanchez, who was 8-0 with a 1.97 ERA in 19 starts against the Nationals while with the Marlins.

"He kept us in the game, but we were unable to come back and score runs," Cabrera said.

Tyler Clippard walked two with two outs in the eighth inning, but pitched out of it for Washington. Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save.

"Both starting pitchers were good and the bullpen did a good job," Leyland said. "Zimmermann has been really hot and Sanchez has been pitching very well, and they both do that night. They just got a couple more than we did."

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