The familiar sight of Ryan Zimmerman taking the field for the Nationals for the first time in 7 1/2 weeks surely was comforting to his teammates, manager and the crowd of 25,291. The unfamiliar sight of him taking his position not at third base, but in left field for the first time in his career, drew plenty of odd looks and moments of wonder. But then Zimmerman did what he really does best — deliver some clutch hits — and ultimately helped lead his team to a blowout victory.

Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in his return from a fractured right thumb. He successfully fielded the only two balls hit his way in left field (a pair of flyballs). And he brought punch to a Nationals lineup that finally is starting to heat up. Jayson Werth drove in two runs with a bases-loaded double. Ian Desmond and Anthony Rendon each homered in the sixth to put the game out of reach and give the Nats their 26th run in their last 19 innings against any pitcher not named Yu Darvish.

Jordan Zimmermann took care of the rest. The right-hander tossed eight scoreless innings, scattering five hits and barely breaking a sweat on a warm, muggy night in the District. And so a Nationals club that finally is getting healthy is also starting to play good all-around baseball. This team has now won 3 of 4, all three wins in blowout fashion, and is back at the .500 mark with a 28-28 record.