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Wilson Ramos hit a sacrifice fly, Tyler Moore delivered an RBI double and Chad Tracy brought in two more runs with a bloop single.

“We’re putting good at-bats together, seeing the ball well, pitching well, playing good defense,” Desmond said. “It’s just been a matter of time. We’re starting to get hot. Guys are starting to see the ball better.”

The Royals bunched three singles off Zimmermann in the third, including Hosmer’s run-scoring hit into left-center. All nine of KC’s hits were singles.

Fernando Abad relieved Zimmermann with two out and one on in the eighth and allowed an RBI single to Mike Moustakas before striking out David Lough to end the inning with the bases loaded.

With the victory, the Nationals guaranteed a winning interleague record for the third straight season.