Reporting Byron Kerr
The Nationals survived another scintillating performance from a Seattle Mariners’ starting pitcher, somehow scoring enough runs and getting a solid performance from John Lannan in a 2-1 victory before 21,367 at Nationals Park.
The win improved the Nationals record to 37-37. It is the first time the team has been at the .500 mark since May 11 win over Atlanta.
It is amazing the Nats won the game because Seattle and former Orioles left-hander Erik Bedard allowed no earned runs and struck out 10 Nationals’ hitters in six innings.
Nationals southpaw John Lannan went 5 2/3 innings, allowing just three hits and only one run. He struck out three batters and did not walk a man for his fifth win of the season and his first ever interleague victory in five games (1-3). Lannan has allowed a total of only five earned runs in his last six starts.
The Nationals got RBI singles by Danny Espinosa in the first and Jerry Hairston, Jr. in the fourth to subdue Seattle. The Mariners committed errors in front of both RBIs.
The biggest defensive play came in the top of the sixth, Nationals leading 2-1. With Ichiro on third, Ryan Zimmerman nabbed a liner off the bat of Justin Smoak and caught Ichiro racing home for the tag out. The Nats were able to get out of the inning.
Locker Room Interviews (John Lannan, Danny Espinosa)
Jim Riggleman Post-Game Press Conference
Washington goes for the sweep Thursday with a 12:30 p.m. matinee. The Nationals are lifetime 8-0 against Seattle.