Zim sets franchise HR record in 5-run 1st

CINCINNATI — After taking the day off Sunday, Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman made history on the first pitch he saw Monday against the Reds.

Less than a minute after Bryce Harper gave Washington a 3-0 lead with a three-run home run to right, Zimmerman put a charge into a 86.2-mph sinker from Cincinnati starter Scott Feldman, lifting the ball over the wall in left-center for a solo homer. The Nats added one more run in the frame on Matt Wieters‘ sac fly.

Harper's three-run home run Harper’s three-run home run

WSH@CIN: Harper lines a three-run homer to right

Bryce Harper belts a three-run home run over the right-field wall in the top of the 1st inning, giving the Nationals a 3-0 lead

This was Zimmerman’s 235th career home run, passing Vladimir Guerrero for most in Nationals/Expos history.

Zimmerman was in a slump prior to Monday’s first-inning blast. In his previous 15 games, he went 9-for-51 (.176), and he hadn’t hit a home run since June 13.

Jeremy Vernon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati who covered the Nationals on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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