Game in a nutshell: What looked like an intriguing pitching matchup between Jordan Zimmermann and two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum instead turned into a lopsided Nationals victory. A lineup that has resurrected itself over the last week did it again, this time pounding out eight runs off Lincecum in only 3 13 innings. Among the biggest hits: Danny Espinosa's RBI double off the center-field wall, Zimmermann's RBI double into the right-field corner, Adam LaRoche's RBI double to deep center and then Ian Desmond's two-run bomb into the left-field bleachers. All of that gave Zimmermann a healthy cushion, and the right-hander cruised through six-plus innings before the rain started falling and brought the tarp onto the field. After a delay of 1 hour and 25 minutes -- during which it actually rained for only 10 minutes -- the Nats closed this one out and improved to 14 games over .500.
Hitting highlight: Take your pick from the Nationals' lineup, because just about everyone contributed to this one. But let's go with Desmond, who singled and scored in the bottom of the second and then crushed a two-run homer in the bottom of the third. That gives the All-Star shortstop 14 homers for the season, the most he's ever hit in any professional season (major or minor leagues). With the season not quite at the halfway mark yet, Desmond is on pace to finish 2012 with 30 homers and 93 RBI. As a shortstop who typically hits sixth for this team. That's fairly impressive.
Pitching highlight: Zimmermann doesn't often get a chance to pitch with a hefty lead, but his teammates ensured that would be the case tonight. And then the right-hander went out and did exactly what he needed to do, working efficiently and not giving the Giants much of any opportunity to get themselves back into the game. Case in point: He didn't issue one walk. Zimmermann also reached the seventh inning for the ninth time this year. And he recorded his 14th quality start in 16 tries, the model of consistency.
Key stat: In a career that has spanned 172 starts, Lincecum had never given up eight runs until tonight.
Up next: Who's up for some morning baseball? The Nats and Giants will be right back at it at 11:05 a.m. for tomorrow's Independence Day special. Edwin Jackson starts for Washington against San Francisco lefty Madison Bumgarner.