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"Lannen" may be due a bit more respect after the starting pitcher beat the Phillies for the first time in 14 tries. He had been 0-10 with a 6.44 ERA against Philadelphia, but with some help from Laynce Nix's homer, Washington managed to eke out a 2-1 victory.
"It would be great if they got my name right," said Lannan, whose name was also misspelled on Opening Day, when he was "Lannon."
The spelling mistake sure didn't effect Lannan (3-5) on a stifling afternoon with temps well into the 90s. He pitched into the sixth inning, allowing just an unearned run and four hits for his first victory in eight starts.
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"I never pitch well against them - and today was just different," Lannan said.
Nix's home run in the fourth - his ninth of the year - off Roy Oswalt (3-3) gave Washington a 2-1 lead. Nix then contributed with his glove in the six, when the left-fielder went to his left and made a diving catch off Domonic Brown's sinking liner with the bases loaded.
"It was like it was in slow motion, him coming in and making the catch," Lannan said.
Brown was batting for Oswalt, and was sure he had a key hit.
"That's a great play, a Gold Glove-type play out there, especially in that situation," Brown said. "How they had me played, I thought it was going to fall in."
Nix already has 122 at-bats this season, 43 fewer than he had with Cincinnati a year ago, and his nine home runs are five more than a year ago.
The Nationals took the last two games of the three-game series against the Phillies.
After scoring 10 runs on Tuesday night - six against Cliff Lee - Washington got two off Oswalt (3-3), who bristled when manager Charlie Manuel pinch-hit for him.
"That's their decision. He's the manager of the team. I don't question too much of that, but that's the first time I've been taken out at 79 pitches," Oswalt said. "We'll see how it goes."
Manuel noted that it was hot, and a lot of Oswalt's pitches were borderline. It was Oswalt's fourth start since missing three weeks with a lower back injury. He hasn't won since April 21.
The Phillies tied it in the top of the second when Ryan Howard doubled, Ben Francisco drew a walk and, with one out, Carlos Ruiz hit a grounder to third. Alex Cora booted the groundball for an error and Howard came in to score.
In the top of the third, Lannan hit John Mayberry with a pitch. He stole second before Howard's one-out single to short right, where Danny Espinosa had shifted. Mayberry tried to score from second, but Espinosa's throw to the plate was in time for the out.
Lannan pitched 5 1/3 innings. He allowed an unearned run and four hits with three walks, striking out one and hitting a batter - and yet it was good enough.
Oswalt allowed two runs and six hits in five innings. He walked two, struck out three and also hit a batter.
|John Lannan, who enters 0-10 with a 6.44 ERA vs. Philly and winless in his past eight starts overall, ends both streaks. (AP)|
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|Placido Polanco, 3B||4||0||1||0||1||1||1||.319|
|John Mayberry Jr., CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.231|
|Chase Utley, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.194|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.252|
|Ben Francisco, RF||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||.224|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.246|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Wilson Valdez, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.242|
|a- Jimmy Rollins, PH-SS||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||.263|
|Roy Oswalt, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.154|
|b- Domonic Brown, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.324|
|Michael Stutes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Antonio Bastardo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Ross Gload, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.275|
|a-walked for Valdez in the 6th|
|b-flied out for Oswalt in the 6th|
|c-flied out for Bastardo in the 9th|
|2B - Ryan Howard (14, Lannan)|
|SH - Roy Oswalt (5)|
|SB - John Mayberry Jr. (5, 2nd base off Lannan/Ramos)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Roy Oswalt (L,3-3)||5||6||2||2||2||3||1||2.70|
|HBP - Espinosa (by Roy Oswalt)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 79-54, Michael Stutes 29-19, Antonio Bastardo 18-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 5-7, Michael Stutes 1-3, Antonio Bastardo 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 24, Michael Stutes 6, Antonio Bastardo 4|
|Roger Bernadina, CF-LF||4||1||2||0||0||2||2||.256|
|Ian Desmond, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.224|
|Jayson Werth, RF||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.255|
|Laynce Nix, LF||4||1||1||1||0||2||1||.303|
|Drew Storen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Michael Morse, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.301|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.214|
|Wilson Ramos, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.252|
|Alex Cora, 3B||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.250|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.248|
|John Lannan, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|Todd Coffey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Doug Slaten, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jason Marquis, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.296|
|Tyler Clippard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.210|
|a-flied out for Slaten in the 6th|
|2B - Michael Morse (7, Oswalt), Wilson Ramos (8, Oswalt)|
|HR - Laynce Nix (9, Oswalt)|
|SH - Ian Desmond (3)|
|RBI - Jayson Werth (22), Laynce Nix (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Laynce Nix (6)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Espinosa-Desmond-Morse|
|E - Alex Cora (2, Misplayed grounder), Jerry Hairston Jr. (7, Misplayed grounder)|
|John Lannan (W,3-5)||5.1||4||1||0||3||1||0||4.05|
|Todd Coffey (H,1)||0.1||0||0||0||1||0||0||1.69|
|Doug Slaten (H,2)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.19|
|Tyler Clippard (H,12)||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.95|
|Drew Storen (S,10)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.95|
|HBP - Mayberry (by John Lannan)|
|Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 85-49, Todd Coffey 7-3, Doug Slaten 2-1, Tyler Clippard 25-16, Drew Storen 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 11-4, Tyler Clippard 1-5|
|Batters Faced - John Lannan 24, Todd Coffey 2, Doug Slaten 1, Tyler Clippard 6, Drew Storen 4|
|Attendance - 24495|
|Game Time - 2:50|
|Temperature - 90|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Brian Knight|