WASHINGTON - Ryan Zimmerman's line drive to right-center kept going - and going and going - until it landed in the first row, highlighting another big Fourth of July for the resurgent third baseman as the NL East-leading Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 9-4 yesterday.
Zimmerman missed another home run by inches - he had to settle for an RBI double - on a humid day when the ball carried well at Nationals Park. He is 10 for 20 with four homers and 13 RBIs in six Independence Day games.
Undeterred by an 11:08 A.M. holiday start time that followed a late-finishing game, Washington rallied from an early deficit to move 15 games above .500, matching its season-high.
Edwin Jackson (5-4 ) settled down after a three-run first and allowed four runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings. Three relievers combined to shut down the Giants the rest of the way. Madison Bumgarner (10-5 ) followed last week's one-hit shutout of the Cincinnati Reds with one of his rockiest outings. He was done after five-plus innings and gave up three home runs, matching a career high. He allowed seven runs total, more than in his previous four starts combined.
Washington has scored 18 runs in the first two games of the series and will go for the sweep today. The Giants have lost four of five - and have allowed nine-plus runs in consecutive games for the first time since 2009.
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