Jul 15, 2012, 1:43 AM EDT
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Ryan Zimmerman doubled in the first inning but didn't collect another hit.
Game in a nutshell: This figured to be tightly contested pitchers' duel, with lefties Gio Gonzalez and Mark Buehrle each known for working fast and throwing strikes. Each starter lived up to the billing, but Buehrle was just a little bit better than his counterpart. The veteran southpaw allowed one run over seven innings, throwing a scant 86 pitches in the process. Gonzalez certainly pitched well enough to win — two runs over six innings — but he was done in by some effective small ball by the Marlins in the bottom of the fifth, producing the winning run. The Nats couldn't get a rally going against Miami's suspect bullpen and thus suffered a frustrating loss. Combined with the Braves' win over the Mets, their lead in the NL East is now down to 3 games.
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