WASHINGTON -- Ryan Zimmermans line drive to right-centre kept going -- and going and going -- until it landed in the first row. "I just thought it was a double," the Washington Nationals third baseman said. The way the Nationals are playing lately, everything seems to come with a bonus. On a Fourth of July when the ball carried well, they took advantage of a morning start against a weary West Coast team and pounded Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants in a 9-4 victory Wednesday. "Another fun day for the skipper," Washington manager Davey Johnson said. "Youve got to tip your hat to the offence." The Nationals have been carried to the top of the NL East by their pitching, but they put up a 9-spot on the Giants for the second straight day and are averaging nearly seven runs in their last 10 games. "Theres no way that this offence was going to be cold all year," starter Edwin Jackson said. "It was just a matter of time." Jackson (5-4) allowed three runs in another rough first inning, the kind of setback the Nationals had trouble overcoming early in the season. He settled down and gave up only one more run and lasted 5 1-3 innings in the midday heat. Three relievers combined to shut down the Giants the rest of the way. Zimmerman has spearheaded the offences resurgence, batting .386 (17 for 44) since receiving a cortisone shot in his sore right shoulder on June 24. He was in a 5-for-49 slump at the time, and the travails of the teams No. 3 hitter were becoming a concern in a mostly positive season. "I was playing banged-up for a while there," he said. "And when you try to play through things, sometimes it doesnt allow you to do the things youve been doing and that leads to other things and other things. Its definitely a lot better when you show up to the park and you feel healthy every day." Zimmerman hopes he wont need another shot this season. Hes certainly getting plenty of mileage out of this one. He drilled a line drive his first time up -- but it turned into an out when Bumgarner made a nice slide in the grass to retrieve and throw the ball after it hit the pitcher in the leg. No one got in the way of Zimmerman his next two times up. His double peppered the left field wall -- only a few inches from a home run -- in a three-run third, and he and Michael Morse hit back-to-back opposite-field homers in a three-run fifth. Zimmerman is now 10 for 20 with four homers and 13 RBIs in six Independence Day games. Bumgarner (10-5) followed last weeks 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. "Guys have days like this all the time," Bumgarner said. "It just depends on how good you can minimize the damage. I didnt really minimize it today." Washington goes for the sweep Thursday. The Giants have lost four of five and have allowed nine-plus runs in consecutive games for the first time since 2009. At least, for the Giants, the final game of the series will be at night. Wednesdays first pitch came at 11:08 a.m. so everyone could get home in time to celebrate the holiday, and it came after a Tuesday game that ended late because of a rain delay. "You travel across the country and get acclimated to the time change and then have to bounce back to play an early game like this. Sure it played a part," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "But its part of the schedule and you deal with it. Like I said, we did what we wanted to do by getting on the board early. We just couldnt hold it." NOTES: The Nationals are 15 games above .500, matching their season high. ... Washington returned C Sandy Leon from rehab, reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Double-A Harrisburg. ... 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Overcoming age and injuries to make it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the more-heralded Miami Heat, the Celtics bowed out of the playoffs on Saturday night with a 101-88 loss that likely ended the new Big Three era in Boston. TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals have chosen to stay in-house with the promotion of Steve Keim to general manager as the search for a new head coach goes on. The 40-year-old Keim has worked for the franchise for 14 years. He joined the Cardinals in 1999 as a scout, became director of college scouting in 2006 and director of player personnel in 2008 before being named vice-president for player personnel last year. At a news conference on Tuesday, the hulking Keim, with his trademark shaved head, said he is driven by two specific memories of his time with Arizona. "One is obviously the day that I stood on the field in 2008 when we won the NFC championship and all that confetti was sticking to my sweaty head. That thought drives me," he said. "The other thought that drives me is when I was sitting at our game against Seattle this year and we lost 58-0 and making a pact with myself that that will never happen again." Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said the fact that other teams were interested in Keim shows his value. Bidwill said he felt he owed it to the organization to conduct other interviews even though his "initial impression was that Steve was going to be a natural fit." With his wife and three young children -- the youngest sound asleep in a stroller -- on hand, Keim said that although he interviewed for other GM jobs, staying in Arizona was always his first choice. A two-time all-ACC guard at North Carolina State, Keim had a brief stint as a player in the NFL with Miami in 1996 and with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League in 1997. After that, he returned to North Carolina State as strength and conditioning coach as well as doing player evaluations and serving as a liaison to NFL representatives who were evaluating players at the school. "I told my mother when I was nine I wanted to be an NFL general manager and she sort of snickered," Keim said. "She said If you only worked on your math and your science as hard as you did on knowing these players, you may end up being successful." Keim replaces Rod Graves, who was fired along with coach Ken Whisenhunt the day after the season ended. Bidwill, soon of team owner Bill Bidwill, said that Keims duties will "be a little bit different" from those of Graves.dddddddddddd "What they tend to do is they improve each other and make the team better," Bidwill said. "They make each other better, as well. And they come to team decisions. And thats the view that I have, which is were going to have that here. Well make Cardinal decisions and well be a better team for it." Keim was a part of Bidwills two interviews of head coaching candidates -- Cardinals defensive co-ordinator Ray Horton and Denver Broncos offensive co-ordinator Mike McCoy. An interview is scheduled on Thursday with Jay Gruden, offensive co-ordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals. Asked about other general managers he has admired, Keim mentioned former Green Bay GM Ron Wolf and Bill Polian, for 13 years a top executive of the Indianapolis Colts. Keim said he hopes to continue working with Jason Licht, the Cardinals highly regarded director of player personnel. Keim said he believes that the Cardinals have "a ton of talent" on their roster and that the task at hand is "a re-tool, not a rebuild." He mentioned young defensive standouts cornerback Patrick Peterson, defensive end Calais Campbell and inside linebacker Daryl Washington. The problems, though, mostly are on what was the worst offence in the NFL. What to do at quarterback, Keim said, "is the million-dollar question." The Cardinals lost 10 of their last 11 games to finish 5-11. The success came with Kevin Kolb at quarterback, but he went down in Week 6 with a season-ending rib injury. It was the second year in a row that injuries had cut short Kolbs season with Arizona. "There are what, seven, eight very good quarterbacks in this league," Keim said, "and then every (other) team is doing the same thing. Its a revolving door. Theyre searching, just like we are.