National League Game Summary - San Francisco at Washington|
(Tuesday, July 3rd)
Final Score: Washington 9, San Francisco 3
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer as the
Washington Nationals took a 9-3 win over the San Francisco Giants in a rain-
soaked opener of a three-game series.
Michael Morse and Adam LaRoche both drove in two runs for the Nationals, who
have won three of four. Jordan Zimmermann (5-6) pitched six-plus innings and
gave up just two runs -- one earned -- on seven hits with seven strikeouts and
added an RBI double.
Gregor Blanco went 3-for-5 with two RBI for the Giants, who have lost three of
four. Tim Lincecum (3-9) continued his struggles as he was torched for eight
runs -- seven earned -- on nine hits with a pair of walks and two strikeouts
over just 3 1/3 innings.
The 94 degree heat took its toll on Lincecum.
"It just got the better of me a little bit," Linceum said. "They made me work
and made me pay for it."
Washington took a lead it never lost in the second. With one out, Desmond
singled to left and Danny Espinosa followed with a double for the first run.
Two batters later, Zimmermann helped his cause with a double to score Espinosa
for a 2-0 lead.
The Nationals plated three more in the third. With one out, Ryan Zimmerman
singled and moved to second on a Morse groundout. LaRoche then doubled in
Zimmerman and Desmond followed with his 14th homer of the season for a 5-0
In the fourth inning, the Nationals made it an 8-0 game on a two-run single
from Morse and a sacrifice fly from LaRoche.
"When they give you a lead like that you don't want to let them back in the
ball game," Zimmermann said. "I just went out there, threw strikes and pounded
The Giants got on the board in the fifth thanks to a two-run single from
Blanco. The team had put their first three men on base prior to Blanco's
single, but Zimmermann rallied to set down the next three batters and limit
It started to rain heavily in the top of the seventh and the game went into a
delay after Brandon Crawford led off with a single.
After a one-hour, 25-minute rain delay, the teams came back and exchanged runs
in the eighth as Brandon Belt hit a sacrifice fly in the Giants' half and
Bryce Harper doubled home Steve Lombardozzi in the home half to account for
the final score.
The Nationals placed righty Chien-Ming Wang on the 15-day disabled list,
retroactive to July 1, with a right hip strain on Tuesday, and reinstated
right-hander Henry Rodriguez from the DL...San Francisco went just 2-for-16
with runners in scoring position and left eight on base...Lincecum fell to 1-3
in seven games against the Nationals...Zimmermann is 3-1 in five games against
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