Monday, July 8, 2013

Lannan goes eight strong to lift Phillies past Nationals

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
@Philabaseball

John Lannan tossed eight shutout innings and scattered four hits to lead the Phillies to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Lannan threw 95 pitches, 59 for strikes. The eight innings was the most he's thrown in a contest since July of 2009.

The Phillies jumped ahead on Nationals' starter Dan Haren in the first with Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins each reaching base to open the inning. Both eventually would score - Revere on an RBI single by Domonic Brwon and Rollins on a bases loaded walk to Darin Ruf. 

Revere scored again in the sixth on a Rollins double after reaching on a one-out double of his own.

Haren lasted five innings, scattering seven hits. He walked three and struck out seven.

Jonathan Papelbon struggled in the ninth, surrendering back-to-back hits to open the frame before Jayson Werth drilled a sacrifice-fly to deep center to trim the deficit to two. Adam LaRoche then followed with another sacrifice-fly scoring Ryan Zimmerman before Papelbon was able to close the contest.

The two clubs resume their four game set on Tuesday night. 

Patrick Gordon is managing editor of the Philadelphia Baseball Review. Follow him on Twitter @Philabaseball or contact him at pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com.  

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