Zimmerman, dropped one place in the lineup to the fifth spot as part of Martinez’s early-season tinkering, entered the night hitting .097 with three RBIs in 31 at-bats.
He broke out of the funk with a first-inning liner that center fielder Inciarte dove for and missed. Zimmerman ended up with a two-run triple, his first triple since May 30, 2016, and he looked upward and grinned to celebrate what could be the end of his slump.
Brian Goodwin’s two-out single knocked in an unearned run off starter Mike Foltynewicz (1-1) in the fourth. Foltynewicz, who beat the Nationals in Atlanta last week, needed 104 pitches to get through five innings in the rematch.
”It was just an unlucky, tough day, and that’s also a result of not getting ahead on the first pitch there,” Foltynewicz said. ”I had to throw some pitches in hitters’ counts that they were ready for because I didn’t want to keep walking people.”
The Nationals added another run in the sixth when reliever Shane Carle overthrew first on Strasburg’s sacrifice attempt.
Nationals OF Adam Eaton was scratched from the lineup with a bone bruise in his left ankle and will undergo an MRI and be re-evaluated Wednesday. Eaton suffered the injury Thursday and, after returning for the weekend, has missed two games in a row.
Eaton played in 23 games last season before suffering a left ACL tear on April 28. He is hitting .345 with two homers and five RBIs in eight games this year.
Braves: 3B Johan Camargo (right oblique muscle strain) homered Tuesday afternoon for Triple-A Gwinnett. Camargo is 2 for 16 in four games on his rehabilitation assignment.
Nationals: Washington reinstated C Miguel Montero from the paternity list and placed C Jhonatan Solano (right elbow bone spurs) on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 7. Solano had not played since joining the Nationals on Saturday. … C Matt Wieters was 1 for 4 with a run in the first game of his rehabilitation assignment at Class A Potomac. … Martinez said top prospect Victor Robles has a hyperextended elbow and will be re-evaluated Monday. Robles was injured while playing the outfield for Triple-A Syracuse on Monday.
Braves: RHP Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 3.97 ERA) owns a 2.05 ERA in three career starts against Washington.
Nationals: RHP A.J. Cole (0-1, 24.55) makes his second start of the season as the three-game series concludes.
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