The lights went out on Jordan Zimmermann's last start, but he's shut down the New York Mets' offense recently.
After his latest outing ended prematurely, Zimmermann looks to continue his dominance of the Mets as the Washington Nationals face rookie Noah Syndergaard for the first time Wednesday.
Zimmermann (8-5, 3.27 ERA) is 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA over his last five starts. He was cruising through Friday's outing, allowing two runs in four innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers before a bank of lights went out and forced his exit. The game would be suspended following a third delay and Washington (50-42) eventually won 5-3 the next day.
The right-hander is 5-0 with a 2.48 ERA in his last six starts against the Mets (49-45) - including three straight with a 0.47 ERA, yielding one run in six innings of a 2-1 home win April 8.
The Nationals are atop the NL East by two games on second-place New York after falling 7-2 Tuesday - their third loss in four games - and conclude this three-game set against Syndergaard (4-5, 3.05), who is 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA over his last four starts.
"He's just got it," Mets manager Terry Collins told MLB's official website. "He's figured it out. He's got a feel for what he's got to do now."
The right-hander, though, is 0-4 with a 4.73 ERA in six road starts. He's allowed three runs in 13 innings over his last two but has been backed by one run in each. That includes giving up two runs in seven innings of Friday's 3-2 defeat at St. Louis.
"He's just commanding the zone really well," catcher Kevin Plawecki said. "He's been able to throw those three pitches for strikes whenever he wants, and when he can do that and locate with all that stuff, it makes for a great outing."
The Mets went 5 for 15 with runners in scoring position Tuesday after going 4 for 72 over the previous nine games.
"We obviously need to score more runs and hit better with guys in scoring position, and we did that," said Eric Campbell, who drove in two runs with a pinch-hit single Tuesday.
Wilmer Flores had two singles and two RBIs Tuesday, giving him six hits in three games after going 5 for 30 over the eight prior.
Curtis Granderson is 9 for 27 with three extra-base hits in the past six games, including three hits in this series. He's still just 4 for 20 in five games at Washington this year and 3 for 16 lifetime against Zimmermann.
Wilson Ramos, whose two-run homer Tuesday accounted for Washington's offense, continues tormenting the Mets. His nine homers and 37 RBIs are his most against any opponent, his .340 average the highest versus any NL team and he's 7 for 19 in his last five games between the teams.
Bryce Harper - tied for the NL lead with 27 homers - hasn't been productive against the Mets this season, going 7 for 31 with 11 strikeouts. He's 0 for 5 with two runs, two walks and a hit by pitch in this series.