Thru 3: Nats lead 5-0

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Not much has gone wrong here for the Nationals in the first three innings. They lead the Red Sox 5-0, and are beating up on John Smoltz in his first start of the season.

Washington has six hits in the first three innings, only one that went for extra bases. But the Nationals have kept rallies going with singles off Smoltz, and driven in runs when they’ve had opportunities.

Jordan Zimmermann is also rolling, although he might have another short evening because of a high pitch count. He threw 53 pitches in the first three innings, only 14 of them for balls. But Zimmermann struck out three in that span, and appears to have the stuff to rack up a high strikeout total tonight. That also means a high pitch count, though, which could have the rookie out by the fifth or sixth.

But for now, all is well in NatsTown.

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