Jason Marquis shuts out Giants; Nationals win 3-0

I think it’s safe to say Jason Marquis is back in business.

The right-hander just pitched a five-hit shutout against the world champion San Francisco Giants, striking out seven batters and outdueling Tim Lincecum on what was a solid night for the Giants’ ace in his own right. The Nationals won 3-0, improving to 12-13 for the season.

It was Marquis’ fourth career shutout, and his first since June 30, 2009, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. As a member of the Colorado Rockies that season, Marquis pitched eight shutout innings against the Nationals in his next start, and made the All-Star team that year.

Laynce Nix homered, and Ian Desmond had three hits for the Nationals.

Plenty more coming on Marquis later tonight. But what an impressive performance from him tonight.