John Lannan pitched his second straight victory last night as the Washington Nationals ended a five-game skid, topping the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 at Nationals Park.
The Nationals gave Lannan early run support, poking four singles in the first inning to sneak in three runs against Diamondbacks starter Joe Saunders. The club tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the second as weak hitting Wil Nieves hit just his second homer of the season, a solo shot, giving the Nats former ace a 4-0 lead to work with.
Lannan looked like the pitcher of old Friday night, getting batters to ground out early in the count by keeping them off balance. The 25-year-old allowed only four hits, one walk, and two earned runs while striking out five batters on the night. The victory helped Lannan drop his season ERA to 5.23. no comments