By Sky Kerstein

The Nationals take two out of three from the White Sox, beating them 2-1 in Chicago.  The Nationals, winners of 13 of their last 15, only needed a Danny Espinosa two run shot in the seventh inning to give them the win.  For Espinosa that is his 14th home run of the season and he went 1 for 2 on the day raising his average to .243 in his rookie year.  The Nationals only had three hits on the day which is one more then they had Saturday.

The Nationals Livan Hernandez went 6 and 2/3rd innings, giving up eight hits, one run, two walks and striking out a season high nine on the way to winning his third in a row and raising his record to 5-8 on the season.  Drew Storen came in for his 19th save of the season.  The lone White Sox run came on a Paul Konerko single in the third knocking home Omar Vizquel.  The White Sox Phil Humber went 6 2/3rd innings, giving up three hits, three walks, two runs and striking out four.

Former National Adam Dunn went 0-4 on the day with four strikeouts and went overall 2 for 14 in the series, striking out nine times.  Jayson Werth, who was hitting in the number two spot Sunday, continues to struggle for the Nationals going 0 for 4, striking out twice and is now hitting .228.  Jerry Hairston went 2 for 3 on the day raising his average to .263 on the year.

Nationals interim manager John McLaren, who went in 2-1 as manager, now will take a scouting job in the organization and Davey Johnson will take over as manager for the rest of the season.  Johnson’s first game as manager for the Nationals will be Monday night at 10:o5 pm eastern in Anaheim against the Angels which you can hear on 106.7 The FAN.

The Nationals have won five straight series in which three of them were during interleague play.  The Nats are 40-38 on the season and 8-2 in their last 10 games.  John Lannan (5-5, 3.40 ERA) is expected to start Monday for the Nationals against the Angels Ervin Santana (3-8, 4.22 ERA).

Nationals closer Drew Storen will be leaving the team briefly to attend his grandmother’s funeral tomorrow in Indianapolis, but is expected to re-join the team in Anaheim for tomorrow’s game.


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