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“I felt good. My off-speed pitches were a lot better today than my last outing, and I kept the ball down all day,” Zimmermann said. “I just had a long third inning there and a lot of pitches to (Daniel) Murphy that held me back from going a fourth.”

Capuano gave up five hits, including solo homers to Mike Morse and Jerry Hairston Jr., in four innings.

NOTES: Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman was held out of the lineup as a precaution because of a mild abdominal strain. … Pitching with the Mets split-squad in Kissimmee, Oliver Perez allowed three runs, four hits and two walks in three innings. Owed $12 million this season, Perez could have been making his last start. He also could make the team as a lefty specialist. … Nationals OF Rick Ankiel grew in nearby Fort Pierce. He went 0 for 3 with a strikeout and left five runners on base.