Nationals 2, Phillies 1

Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman filled out a lineup
card before Wednesday’s game against Philadelphia with John
Lannan’s name misspelled.

”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.

Todd Coffey, Doug Slaten, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen held
the Phillies scoreless over the last 3 2-3 innings. Storen earned
his 10th save in 11 opportunities.

”I never pitch well against them – and today was just
different,” Lannan said.

Nix’s home run in the third – 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 Nationals scored in the first when Roger Bernadina led off
with a single. Ian Desmond bunted him to second and he scored on
Jayson Werth’s one-out single to left.

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.

NOTES: Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins did not start for just the
second time this season. He pinch-hit for Wilson Valdez in the
sixth … Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said that Bryce Harper, last
year’s first draft choice, is not ready to be promoted from Class-A
Hagerstown. ”He’ll be moved at some time. We’re just not at the
point where he’s ready to move yet,” Rizzo said. Harper is batting
.331 with 11 homers and 36 RBIs. … Rizzo said he hasn’t written
off 1B Adam LaRoche, who’s on the DL with a torn labrum in his left
shoulder. ”I’m not going to worry until I have to worry. Right
now, he’s on a two-week shutdown and a two-week ramp up,” Rizzo
said. … Cora left the game after four innings with ”stomach
issues.” Jerry Hairston, who was spiked by Valdez in the fifth,
replaced him. … Washington 1B Michael Morse has hit in 10
straight games.