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MLB: Washington 8, Atlanta 4

July 1, 2012 at 4:52 PM

ATLANTA, July 1 (UPI) -- Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBI Sunday, sparking the Washington Nationals' 8-4 win over division rival Atlanta.

Zimmerman touched off a four-run first inning with a two-run double and added a solo shot in the fifth to make it 5-1 Washington.

The Nats' third baseman added a run-producing single in the ninth while Adam LaRoche and Jhonatan Solano each contributed an RBI in the victory, which gave National League East-leading Washington the rubber match of a three-game set.

Gio Gonzalez (11-3) became the NL's first 11-game winner despite allowing four runs on five hits in a five-inning effort. The Nats' bullpen secured the win with four innings of shutout relief.

The Braves' Tim Hudson (6-4) was tagged with the loss, surrendering six runs (five earned) on eight hits over six full frames.

Freddie Freeman smacked a three-run homer for Atlanta.

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