Washington hurler Jordan Zimmermann and two relievers combined on a three-hit shutout as the Nationals blanked the Twins 7-0 in the opener of a doubleheader at Nationals Park yesterday.  Zimmermann struck out eight while giving up just two hits and as many walks in seven innings as he upped his mark to 9-and-3.  Anthony Rendon’s two-run double capped a five-run fifth inning for the Nats.  Rendon drove in three and Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in the victory.  Chris Parmelee had two of the three hits for the Twins in defeat.  Scott Diamond was rocked for seven runs, six earned, in four-and-two-thirds frames as he fell to 4-and-5. 

Washington shortstop Ian Desmond lifted an RBI double in the seventh that sent the Nationals to a 5-4 win over the Twins in Washington, DC.  The victory sealed a day-night doubleheader sweep after the Nats took the first of the twinbill, 7-0.  Former Twin outfielder Denard Span tripled in a run while Jayson Werth was 2-for-4 with two RBI for Washington, which has won three out of five.  Tyler Clippard notched the win in relief while Rafael Soriano recorded his 16th save  Chris Herrmann was 3-for-4 with two RBI while Pedro Florimon poked a two-run homer for Minnesota.  Anthony Swarzak took the loss in relief for the Twins, who have dropped four-of-five.  The Twins are off today. 

 Twins Open Nine-Game Homestand Tomorrow 

The Twins return to Minnesota to open a nine-game homestand tomorrow night against the Phillies.  Minnesota will also host the Tigers and White Sox on the homestand.  P.J. Walters take the mound in tomorrow’s opener.  Walters is 2-and-1.  The Phils will counter with left-hander Cole Hamels, who is 2-and-9.