The Washington Nationals got some unexpected sources of offense to post a rare win at Chavez Ravine. Two straight victories there in one season has yet to happen.
The Nationals will try to accomplish that Saturday night when they play the middle game of their weekend series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Washington won 7-2 in Friday’s opener behind John Lannan(notes) and Jerry Hairston Jr.(notes) Lannan gave up two runs in 6 1-3 innings, and had two hits including his first career homer, a two-run drive in the second that gave the Nationals a 3-0 lead.
“I wasn’t trying to hit a home run. I was just trying to put the bat on the ball. I got a pitch to hit and it went out,” Lannan said. “I tried to keep as cool as possible. They gave me the silent treatment (in the dugout), but it was cool.”
The win was just the Nationals’ fifth in 18 games at Dodger Stadium since relocating from Montreal in 2005.
Washington (49-50) now hopes Tom Gorzelanny(notes) (2-6, 4.07 ERA) won’t be hampered by a sore right ankle as he takes the mound. The left-hander was injured in a 9-8 loss to Atlanta on Sunday, limping off the field after scoring from first in a home-plate collision on Roger Bernadina’s(notes) triple.
Gorzelanny failed to get a decision in his third straight start after yielding two runs and one hit with three walks in two innings.
Since winning at Florida on May 7, Gorzelanny is 0-4 with a 5.14 ERA in eight starts. However, he’s 2-0 in three career starts in Los Angeles.
Hiroki Kuroda(notes) recorded his NL-high 12th loss as the last-place Dodgers (43-56) totaled just three hits and lost for the fifth time in six games. The right-hander is 15th in the league with a 3.19 ERA, and believed to be sought by several teams before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.
“I haven’t really tried to evaluate any of the guys that may or may not be here, but I know Hiro likes it here and he’s been pitching good,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
One of the few bright spots for Los Angeles continues to be reliever Kenley Jansen(notes), who fanned all four batters faced and increased his scoreless-inning streak to 13. The right-hander hasn’t let a runner cross the plate since May 28, a span of 11 games.
Slugger Matt Kemp(notes) had two strikeouts against Lannan, giving him 11 in his last 23 at-bats. Kemp, who’s hitting .174 with a solo homer over that stretch, is 3 for 9 with no strikeouts versus Gorzelanny.
With just one win in his last six starts, Ted Lilly(notes) (6-10, 4.83) gets the call for Los Angeles. He opened the second half of the season by giving up four runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 4-1 loss to Arizona on Sunday.
“It kind of feels like another pitcher’s duel that I lost,” Lilly said. “What I am thinking is eventually I am going to have to win one of these.”
Lilly has allowed six runs while winning three of his last four starts against Washington.
Ryan Zimmerman(notes), who had two hits for the Nationals on Friday, is 2 for 12 with six strikeouts against Lilly, while Jayson Werth(notes) has four hits and has struck out seven times in 15 at-bats versus the left-hander.