Ryan Zimmerman nears 1,000 career RBI as Nationals shut out Marlins

After hitting two solo home runs in Sunday’s 5-0 win over the Miami Marlins, Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman is now only one RBI away from reaching the 1,000 career mark.

Once he drives in one more run, most likely on the road against the Colorado Rockies this week, Zimmerman will be the first National to hit 1,000 RBI. Which is special considering the Nationals moved to Washington from Montreal in 2005 and Zimmerman was their first draft pick. He made his MLB debut at the end of that season and has been a franchise mainstay ever since.

Zimmerman picked the perfect place to have a slump busting game. He has 13 home runs at Marlins Park, which opened in 2012. He also has 37 career homers against the Marlins, which is the most against any team.

Zimmerman and second baseman Brian Dozier were the only two hitters on the lineup, not including the pitcher, to hit below .200 going into Sunday’s game. Both of them hit solo home runs and Zimmerman is back above the “Mendoza line.”

Stephen Strasburg threw eight scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts. He now has 18 career wins over the Marlins, which are the most against any team.

Success against the Marlins has been common for Zimmerman and the Nationals lately but he didn’t find it to be a cakewalk.

“Everyone says, `This team is going to lose this many games,” Zimmerman said. “But they’re a big league team with some talented young kids. You have to go there and play good baseball, or they’re going to beat you. I hate when people say that about big league teams.”

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