ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann needed just 76 pitches to throw his second straight complete game for the Washington Nationals.
He made one big mistake, and Matt Adams drove it over the wall in center to lead Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory Friday night.
It was "a changeup that was down the middle," Zimmermann said. "He made me pay. It's tough, but tomorrow's another day."
Lynn threw eight innings of two-hit ball and Adams homered on his first swing since coming off the disabled list.
Zimmermann (5-3) threw a two-hit shutout at San Diego his last start and worked 19 2-3 consecutive scoreless innings before Adams hit his fourth homer on a 1-0 pitch with two outs in the second. He gave up three hits, two of them by Adams, in eight innings against St. Louis for his seventh career complete game and third in a loss.
Zimmermann's 76 pitches were the franchise's lowest total in a complete game since it relocated to Washington in 2005. The Nationals turned two double plays.
"I was throwing a lot of strikes and they were coming up hacking," Zimmermann said. "I was locating the fastball, got a lot of groundballs and had good defense behind me."
Just no offense.
"He was on and we were off," cleanup man Adam LaRoche said after going 0 for 3. "The majority of the time when I've seen Jordan, he's really had it."
Adams was activated from the 15-day disabled list from a strained left calf earlier Friday and rookie Oscar Taveras was optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
Lynn (7-4) struck out eight with no walks against the NL East leaders, who had won 10 of 13. Trevor Rosenthal added three more strikeouts in the ninth, working around rookie second baseman Kolten Wong's two-out error on Denard Span's routine grounder for his 18th save in 21 chances.
Zimmermann is 0-5 against the Cardinals and 0-2 against the Pirates, the only two NL teams he hasn't beaten.