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MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Jordan Zimmermann earned his career-high 13th win and Bryce Harper hit a home run and the Washington Nationals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Friday.

Zimmermann (13-6) was 12-8 in 2012 after 32 starts. Friday's victory came in his 22nd start. He went six innings, struck out four, but walked a season-high four.

He worked out of jams in the first and third innings, each time stranding Rickie Weeks at third. The Brewers finished 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

Washington scored a run in the fifth off Alfredo Figaro (1-3). Harper made it 2-0 in the sixth with his 16th homer of the season.

Anthony Rendon singled home a run in the seventh.

With runners at the corners, Harper added a run when he reached on an error by second baseman Weeks that allowed Denard Span to score in the ninth.

Jonathan Lucroy spoiled the shutout when he hit the first pitch from Tyler Clippard in the eighth for a solo home run.

Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 27th save.

GAME 2 OF THE SERIES IS SATURDAY.  CATCH BREWERS PREGAME AT 5:35PM WITH FIRST PITCH AT 6:10PM ON NEWSTALK 1310 WIBA AM

 

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