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MLB: Washington 9, Atlanta 2

July 22, 2012 at 5:45 PM

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) -- Ryan Zimmerman bashed a pair of home runs to spark an 18-hit attack Sunday in the Washington Nationals' 9-2 spanking of Atlanta.

Zimmerman's two-run shot triggered a big first inning that handed the Nationals a quick 4-0 lead and he added a solo blast in the third for a 5-0 Washington advantage.

Danny Espinoza and Roger Bernadina each provided three hits and a pair of RBI while Michael Morse went 3-for-5 with three runs scored as the National League East-leading Nats took three wins in a four-game series against their divisional rivals.

Ross Detwiler (5-3) surrendered only one earned run on seven hits over seven innings, walking one and striking out three in notching his first victory as a starter since May 3.

Atlanta's Jair Jurrjens (3-4) was roughed up for six runs on nine hits before exiting after 2 1/3 frames.

Freddie Freeman got the only RBI for the second-place Braves, who fell 3 1/2 games behind Washington in the NL East with the loss.

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