Zimmermann throws 8 solid innings, pitches Nationals past Lincecum, Giants 6-2



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WASHINGTON — Jordan Zimmermann pitched eight strong innings, Asdrubal Cabrera homered and the Washington Nationals kept up their dominance of two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, beating the San Francisco Giants 6-2 Saturday.

Jayson Werth added a pair of RBI singles and Denard Span had a triple and single for the NL East-leading Nationals, who resumed their winning ways one night after San Francisco ended their 10-game winning streak.

Zimmermann (9-5) got off to a shaky start when Angel Pagan led off with a double and Hunter Pence followed with a home run. Zimmermann quickly settled in and allowed seven hits overall, striking out eight without a walk.

Lincecum (10-9) was seeking his 100th career win, but turned in the second-shortest start of his career. He gave up six runs, four of them earned, on six hits and four walks in 2 2-3 innings.

In his last seven starts against Washington, he's 0-6 and has permitted 34 earned runs in 32 2-3 innings. Lincecum has failed to pitch at least five innings in four of his last six starts overall, going 1-3 with a 9.49 ERA.

Pablo Sandoval had three hits for San Francisco, which had won six of eight.

San Francisco's Yusmeiro Petit replaced Lincecum and retired all 13 batters he faced. He hasn't allowed a hit in his last 12 1-3 innings of relief.

Pence's 18th homer put the Giants ahead, but Lincecum couldn't hold the lead.

The first three Nationals reached base in the first as Werth's single scored Span, and a double-play grounder brought home the second Nationals run.

Span singled home a run in the second and scored on an error, and Werth drove in one more to make it 5-2.

Lincecum's outing ended in the third when Cabrera homered and Zimmermann doubled.

It was his shortest start since he allowed six earned runs and lasted just 2 1-3 innings against Colorado on April 11, 2012 in a 17-8 loss.

Zimmermann, who is 3-0 in seven starts since July 11, retired 15 of 17 batters during one stretch.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: Manager Bruce Bochy said CF Pagan, who felt left calf tightness while running the bases Friday night, is fine. "He showed up, said he could barely feel it. Got some treatment, so he's good to go."

UP NEXT: San Francisco RHP Ryan Vogelsong (7-9, 3.73) opposes Stephen Strasburg (10-10, 3.41) in Sunday's series finale.

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