Game in a nutshell: Running on fumes after an early-morning flight from Atlanta to Miami, the Nationals came out of the gates strong, taking an early 3-1 lead behind a two-run double from Ryan Zimmerman and the first career home run from Jordan Zimmermann. Zimmermann also cruised through his first five innings on the mound. Then he hit a wall in the sixth. He served up a two-run bomb to Giancarlo Stanton, then let the go-ahead run score on two more hits and a sacrifice fly. The Nationals couldn't rally late against Carlos Zambrano or the Marlins bullpen.
Hitting highlight: You knew it was only a matter of time before Ryan Zimmerman started getting hot at the plate. Sure enough, the Face of the Franchise is starting to show signs of it. His two-run double in the fifth raised his average to .326 with nine homers over his last 10 games.
Pitching lowlight: Zimmermann's afternoon started off in fine fashion. He threw 12 of his first 13 pitches for strikes and entered the sixth having allowed only one run on four hits. But the right-hander fell apart quickly in the sixth, hanging a 3-1 slider to Stanton that turned into a home run. A double and a single later, Zimmermann was in serious trouble. He wound up failing to record a quality start for the second time in his last three outings.
Key stat: Zimmermann's home run was his first since 2007, when he pitched at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Up next: After getting some much-needed rest tonight, the Nationals return to Marlins Park tomorrow evening for Game 2 of the series. Edwin Jackson will face Anibal Sanchez at 7:10 p.m.