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Starter Taylor Jordan, meanwhile, is unavailable because he threw a simulated game in Florida on Monday.  

“I couldn’t tell you,” Williams said when asked for an update on Zimmermann after the game. “We don’t want to send him out there with him being really sick.”

The Nats blew open Thursday’s game in the seventh inning against New York’s struggling bullpen. LaRoche smashed a two-run single off the glove of first baseman Lucas Duda. Zimmerman followed with another RBI single. Ian Desmond’s ground out scored LaRoche. Just like that the score was 7-2. LaRoche also drew a bases loaded walk in the eighth inning for another run.

“Everybody really did their part. It wasn’t really just one or two guys,” Espinosa said. “The pitching staff gave us a great opportunity to stay in games and win ball games. And then at-bats went well, off the bench, the starters, everyone had good at-bats. If you can carry that into the majority of your season, you can produce success.”