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The Nationals then batted around in the seventh, six of their nine hitters reaching base, and ensured Zimmermann of his long-awaited but much-deserved first victory of the season. Tom Gorzelanny, who added an RBI hit in the eighth, pitched the final three innings to close it out.

Johnson says his team isn’t where he’d like it to be. The injury report says plenty of their best players are on the shelf. Their offensive numbers say their pitching can’t sustain this run all on its own.

And the standings, well they say the Nationals are the best team in their league. But it’s early.

“I mean, 14-4, that’s groovin’,” Desmond said. “It doesn’t matter if we score 15 runs a game or we score one run, as long as we win.”