Posted September 12, 2012 on AP on Fox
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John Lannan pitched 5 2-3 shutout innings in his first start since replacing Stephen Strasburg in Washington's starting rotation, and the Nationals lowered their magic number for clinching a playoff berth to six with a 2-0 win over the punchless New York Mets on Wednesday night. Ryan Zimmerman homered in the fourth off rookie Matt Harvey (3-5) and Ian Desmond connected off Jon Rauch in the eighth, helping the NL East leaders complete a three-game sweep and close in on the capital's first postseason baseball berth since the original Washington Senators in 1933. A native of nearby Long Beach, Lannan (3-0) allowed five hits, struck out two and walked one in the slot that opened when the Nationals cut short Strasburg's season by imposing an innings limit to protect his surgically repaired right elbow. Lannan, Washington's opening-day starter in 2009 and 2010, spent most of the season in the minors and asked the Nationals to trade him when he was demoted at the end of spring training. ...
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