Dusty Baker

Zimmerman's homer lifts Nationals to 2-1 win vs Padres

With 33-year-old Edwin Jackson mostly frustrating the San Diego Padres for seven innings, Ryan Zimmerman and the rest of the Washington Nationals figured out a way to win on just four hits.

Zimmerman homered with two outs in the eighth inning to lift the NL East-leading Nationals to a 2-1 victory Thursday night, giving Jackson his first win against one of his old teams in seven tries.

Zimmerman homered to right field on 1-1 pitch from Kirby Yates (2-4), who struck out the first two batters of the inning. It was Zimmerman's 29th. Yates then struck out Adam Lind to end the inning.

"We weren't having very good at-bats, I guess," Zimmerman said. "It's going...