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“Mike Morse saved me big time at first with a couple of diving plays,” said Zimmermann, who also chopped out a pair of singles at the plate.

Duke was stellar in his debut after missing the first two months with a broken hand, throwing seven shutout innings and hitting a three-run homer. That, according to information provided to the Diamondbacks by the Elias Sports Bureau, makes him one of two players — along with Colorado’s Jason Jennings in 2001 — since 1900 to throw seven or more scoreless innings and hit a homer in his first with a team.

Duke’s encore didn’t go so well.

Washington scored three runs off the left-hander in the first inning, one on Morse’s hard single up the middle and two more on a double by Ramos that hit high on the extended wall in center. Duke managed to scrape through traffic over the next few innings before giving up another run in the fifth on a fielder’s choice by Ramos that made it 4-0.

Duke was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom half after allowing four runs on 10 hits with six strikeouts.

“I wasn’t able to command the fastball the way I wanted to,” Duke said. “It caused me to get into hitter’s counts and throw a lot more pitches and more damage was done.”

Washington added a pair of cushion runs in the ninth inning off Aaron Heilman, on Roger Bernadina’s run-scoring triple and a bloop single by Morse.