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Nats Have A Hot 4th, Beat Bumgarner, Giants 9-4

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Roger Bernadina #2 of the Washington Nationals steals second base under the tag of Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park on July 4, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Roger Bernadina #2 of the Washington Nationals steals second base under the tag of Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park on July 4, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 and as the NL East-leading Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 9-4 Wednesday.

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.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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