The Washington Times - May 6, 2009, 10:55PM

Ryan Zimmerman wasted no time keeping his hit streak alive on the West Coast.

Zimmerman singled to left in the first inning tonight at Dodger Stadium, extending his streak to 24 games, most in the majors this season.


The Nationals third baseman smoked a hard grounder past his Los Angeles counterpart, Casey Blake, and cruised into first base with his 36th hit during a streak that dates back to April 8.

Zimmerman hasn’t had much sense for drama through all this. He’s come through with first-inning hits in four of Washington’s last six games.

Zimmerman’s streak is the longest in the Nationals’ brief history and is approaching some select company around the sport. Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler had the majors’ longest streak last season at 25 games. Moises Alou was the last big leaguer to extend a hit streak to 30 games, accomplishing that feat in 2007 with the New York Mets.