WASHINGTON (AP) - Jordan Zimmermann pitched eight innings to win his 10th game, Adam LaRoche had three hits including a two-run triple and the Nationals spoiled Roy Oswalt's return to the majors with a 5-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night.
Ian Desmond homered for the second straight game, and Denard Span and Steve Lombardozzi added a double and a single apiece for Washington.
Zimmermann (10-3) allowed an unearned run on six hits. He retired 16 straight in one stretch, throwing 112 pitches - 85 for strikes - while fanning nine and walking one.
Oswalt (0-1) went five innings in his Colorado debut, allowing four runs on nine hits. He struck out 11 and didn't walk a batter.
The Rockies have lost four straight and fell to .500 for the first time since April 2.
ATLANTA (AP) - David Wright hit two solo homers, New York's bullpen pitched five-plus scoreless innings to overcome an injury to starting pitcher Jonathon Niese in a victory over Atlanta.
Niese left the game in the fourth with left shoulder discomfort and the Mets trailing 3-2, but the Mets' bullpen shut down Atlanta for the next 5 2-3 innings.
Closer Bobby Parnell earned his 11th save in 14 chances by facing the minimum in the ninth.
LaTroy Hawkins (2-0) earned the victory after allowing two hits and striking out two in two innings.
The Mets have won four of six, thanks in part to a bullpen that's 1-0 with a 1.55 ERA over the last nine games.
Mike Minor (8-3) allowed nine hits, four runs and two walks in six-plus innings for Atlanta.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Pedro Alvarez hit a solo homer, bases-loaded double and single to drive in all of Pittsburgh's runs in a victory over Cincinnati and a split of their NL Central showdown.
The Pirates remain a half-game behind second-place Cincinnati after the four-game set.
Alvarez had an RBI single and his 16th homer off Homer Bailey. After Alfredo Simon (5-3) loaded the bases in the seventh, Alvarez doubled off left-hander Tony Cingrani to snap a 2-all tie.
The five RBIs were a season high for a Pirate and one shy of Alvarez's career high.
Bryan Morris (4-2) contributed to the go-ahead rally with his first career single. He also pitched two innings, allowing one run.

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