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


”It would be great if they got my name right,” said Lannan,

whose name was also misspelled on Opening Day, when he was


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


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


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.