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The Canadian Press
5/14/2013 12:47:02 AM
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LOS ANGELES -- Jordan Zimmermann won his NL and major league-leading seventh game, Ryan Zimmerman drove in three runs and the Washington Nationals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 on Monday night after losing Bryce Harper in a violent collision with the wall in right field.

Zimmermann (7-1) allowed nine hits and two runs in 7 2/3 innings, struck out five and walked none.

Harper left the game in the fifth after hitting the scoreboard wall face-first while tracking a ball hit by A.J. Ellis over his left shoulder. He never looked at the wall and when he finally turned, he was on top of it. The impact sent Harper's cap flying as he bounced off the wall and crumpled to the ground, with Ellis getting a triple.

Harper rolled onto his back and eventually got up under his own power. Streaks of blood were evident on his neck as he walked off the field. There was no immediate update on his condition before the game ended.

He was playing just his second game after missing two with an ingrown toenail that required surgery.

The Nationals ended a five-game skid at Dodger Stadium, where they were swept last year when Harper made his major league debut.

The Dodgers' two-game winning streak ended after Josh Beckett's shortest outing of the season.

Beckett (0-5) gave up four runs -- two earned -- and three hits in three innings while striking out five and walking two.

Zimmerman's RBI grounder in the first gave Washington a 1-0 lead. His RBI double added two more runs in the third, when Adam LaRoche made it 4-0 on a RBI groundout. Beckett gave up three runs on one hit in the inning.

The Nationals extended their lead to 6-0 in the fifth. Zimmerman grounded into a fielder's choice to pitcher Javy Guerra, and Steve Lombardozzi scored on Guerra's throwing error. LaRoche's RBI single scored Harper, who walked.

The Dodgers trailed 6-1 in the sixth on Skip Schumaker's RBI groundout. Matt Kemp's RBI single in the eighth drove in their other run and extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

It wasn't Harper's first collision with the wall at Dodger Stadium. Last year in the second game of his career he hit the centre-field wall while making a catch and hurt his back.

On April 30 in Atlanta, he bruised his left side leaping toward the fence while trying to prevent a home run.

Notes: Nationals RF Jayson Werth, on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring, will see a doctor in New York on Tuesday. He's likely to rejoin the team this weekend in San Diego. ... Dodgers RHP Zack Greinke will pitch on Wednesday; the team just isn't sure whether it will be for them or at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. He is on the 15-day DL with a broken left clavicle. ... Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez returned after getting Sunday off, and extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the first. ... The Nats improved to 16-2 when scoring first this season. ... The Nats opened a 10-game trip, tying their longest of the season.

Bryce Harper (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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