Extra motivation, consistency lift Lannan, Phillies to win

The Sports Xchange
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PHILADELPHIA -- John Lannan was facing his former team Monday night, and the pitcher who filled his spot in the rotation.
The Philadelphia Phillies left-hander tried to say it wasn't a big deal, even though he pitched eight shutout innings in a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals.
"At this point I'm looking for consistency," he said. "It didn't matter who I was facing. I just had to go out and put up some zeroes."
Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel thought Lannan might have been more excited about facing Washington than he let on.
"I'm sure he does (feel that way)," Manuel said. "I know I would. Might be jumping up and down, I don't know."
Lannan (2-3), who spent six years with Washington, signed with Philadelphia as a free agent on Dec. 18, 11 days after the Nats signed Dan Haren, Monday's losing pitcher.
While Haren pitched well after a rocky first inning, Lannan was even better. He allowed only four hits -- singles by Jayson Werth in the second, Ryan Zimmerman in the fourth, Bryce Harper in the sixth and Steve Lombardozzi in the eighth. Werth's single was an infield hit, and Lombardozzi's came on a bunt.
The Nats, who saw a four-game winning streak end, did not advance a runner beyond second base against Lannan, who struck out four, walked two and induced 12 groundball outs.
"I felt good the whole game," he said. "At the beginning I could get a little quick. I had to slow myself down."
He also thought he learned something from facing his former teammates on June 17, in his first start after a long stay on the disabled list. But Johnson thought the Nats should have remained one step ahead.
"You know how he goes after hitters," he said, "so maybe we should have had a better approach."
Shortstop Ian Desmond, who went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, didn't agree. Familiarity, he said, "doesn't matter, once you get in the box."
Still the owner of just one career shutout -- that coming when he blanked the Mets on July 21, 2009, as a National -- Lannan was removed in favor of a pinch hitter in the bottom of the eighth.
Washington scored twice in the ninth against Philadelphia closer Jonathan Papelbon on sacrifice flies by Werth, an ex-Phillie, and Adam LaRoche. Werth, batting with two men on base, hit the ball to the warning track in center before Ben Revere tracked it down.
"I thought it might have a chance," Washington manager Davey Johnson said.
"It looked to me that he didn't quite get it out front," Manuel said.
After LaRoche's fly ball, Papelbon retired pinch-hitter Chad Tracy to end the game and earn his 19th save in 23 opportunities.
Revere went 3-for-5 and scored two runs for the Phillies, who won for the fourth time in five games. It was the 22nd multihit game in the last 56 for Revere, who has hit .343 since May 1, a span of 61 games.
Haren (4-10), who dropped his seventh straight decision, went five innings, allowing two runs and seven hits while striking out seven and walking three.
He fell to 0-4 in his career against Philadelphia. The Phillies are the only team he has not beaten in his 11 major league seasons.
The Phillies scored their two first-inning runs on Domonic Brown's infield single and a bases-loaded walk to Darin Ruf. They made it 3-0 against reliever Fernando Abad in the sixth, when Jimmy Rollins singled home Revere with two outs. Revere had slapped a double to left field.
NOTES: Haren was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day after missing 14 games with shoulder inflammation. 1B/OF Tyler Moore was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse to free up a roster spot for Haren. ... The Phillies announced before the game that 1B Ryan Howard would require surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, and he'll miss six to eight weeks. Howard was placed on the disabled list Saturday. ... Earlier in the day, the Nats acquired OF Scott Hairston and a player to be named from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league RHP Ivan Pineyro. ... Phillies C Erik Kratz (left knee surgery) was due to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday, while LHP Jeremy Horst (left elbow sprain) moved his rehab assignment from Class A Clearwater to Lehigh Valley.

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