Zim­mer­man hits mile­stone in sweep

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CINCIN­NATI — The Na­tion­als opened the sec­ond half with a fran­chise record, a se­ries sweep and a sig­nif­i­cant up­grade.

Ryan Zim­mer­man set the fran­chise ca­reer home run record with a solo shot and Bryce Harper con­nected again as the NL East lead­ers pow­ered to a 6-1 vic­tory Mon­day for a four-game sweep of the Reds.

Zim­mer­man’s 235th home run moved him ahead of Vladimir Guer­rero for most in Ex­pos and Na­tion­als his­tory.

“It’s spe­cial to be in one place your en­tire ca­reer,” said Zim­merTues­day man, in his 12th sea­son with the team that made him a first-round draft pick. “I feel very lucky to have spent my en­tire ca­reer here.”

The Na­tion­als emerged from the All-Star break with an em­phat­i­cally suc­cess­ful se­ries — 13 homers, in­clud­ing three by Harper, and 35 runs by the league’s top of­fense. They im­proved to a sea­son-high 20 games over .500 (56-36) with their ninth vic­tory in 11 games.

The ros­ter got bet­ter dur­ing the se­ries too. The Nats shored up their bullpen by get­ting Ryan Mad­son and Sean Doolit­tle from the A’s. They’ll join the team in Los An­ge­les for a se­ries against the An­gels.

“We know we have a good team and we’ve put our­selves in a good spot to start the sec­ond half, but we’ve got a ways to go,” Zim­mer­man said. “We ac­quired two tal­ented guys for the bullpen, and we’ll just try to keep scor­ing runs so that they can come in and lock the games up.”

Stephen Stras­burg (10-3) struck out 11 in seven in­nings, al­low­ing one run on four hits. It was his sixth dou­ble-digit-strike­out game of the sea­son and the 35th of his ca­reer.

Harper’s home run ex­tended his hit­ting streak to 12 games.

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