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Nationals' Lannan stuns Mets

JOHN Lannan pitched his first career complete game as the lowly Washington Nationals pounded the New York Mets 7-1 on Saturday.

Lannan allowed just four hits and an unearned run and was aided by a franchise-record-tying five double-plays as Washington belied its lowly position to snap a three-game losing streak with a second win in 11 games.

"John was just outstanding out there for us and the offense exploded," Washington manager Manny Acta said.

Elsewhere in the National League, it was: Dodgers 3, Phillies 2 (in 12 innings); Marlins 5, Giants 4; Pirates 6, Astros 4; Reds 4, Cubs 3 (in 11 innings); Brewers 3, Braves 0; Rockies 10, Cardinals 1; and Padres 6, Diamondbacks 4.

In the American League, it was: Rays 9, Yankees 7; Royals 6, Blue Jays 2; White Sox 4, Indians 2; Mariners 2, Twins 1; Tigers 2, Angels 1; Red Sox 8, Rangers 1; and Athletics 9, Orioles 4.

In Washington, Adam Dunn, Elijah Dukes and Nick Johnson all homered for the Nationals, as Lannan needed just 96 pitches to close out the two-hour game.

It was just the third complete game of the season by a Washington pitcher as Lannan (3-5) struck out two and walked three.

Lannan threw 61 of his pitches for strikes in picking up just his 14th career victory in his three-season career, all of them with Washington.

The Nationals (15-39) entered the game with a team ERA of 5.61, the worst in the majors, and the win was just their sixth in 32 games against NL East opponents.


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