Zimmerman keeps hit streak alive at 25

Zimmerman pushes hit streak to 25

LOS ANGELES -- It didn't take long for Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman to extended his hitting streak to 25 games in an 11-9 victory over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday night. The streak is the longest in baseball this season.

In the bottom of first inning, facing Los Angeles left-hander Randy Wolf, Zimmerman singled to center field on a 2-2 pitch. It marked the 10th time that Zimmerman was able to extend the streak in his first plate appearance.

Zimmerman becomes the first National League player to have a 25-game hitting streak since Moises Alou did the trick with the Mets from Aug. 23 to Sept. 26, 2007.

"I really don't think about the streak during the game," Zimmerman said. "This streak is tough. I'll keep working and hopefully keep it going."

Zimmerman collected another single in the seventh inning off Ramon Troncoso and scored a run. Overall, Zimmerman went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

"I'm happy with the at-bats I'm having. I'm not really wasting any at-bats," Zimmerman said. "I hope I can do this all year."

During the streak, Zimmerman is 38-for-107 (.355). For the season, he is hitting .336 with five home runs and 20 RBIs.

"It's pretty to watch," Nationals first-base coach Marquis Grissom said. "He battles every day -- day in and day out. He is doing it in a professional manner where he puts himself in a good position to go out there and give himself a good at-bat. I credit his knowledge of the game and his approach to the game."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.