Zimmerman's 3 Hits Lead Nationals Past Braves 6-3

Slugger breaks slump; Glavine returns from DL
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 29, 2008 10:41 PM CDT
Washington Nationals reliever Chad Cordero, right, is tended to by a trainer as catcher Johnny Estrada, left, looks on.   (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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(Newser) – Slumping Ryan Zimmerman spent some time working with Barry Larkin before the game, and then had a season-high three hits, including a homer and tiebreaking two-run double, to lead the Washington Nationals past the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on Tuesday night. Zimmerman and Nick Johnson hit consecutive solo shots in the third inning off Tom Glavine.

The Atlanta starter was coming off his first trip to the disabled list in a 22-season career. Zimmerman hadn't homered since April 2. Then, in Washington's four-run seventh, Zimmerman hit his double off reliever Blaine Boyer (0-3), who was charged with four runs and got only one out.