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Nationals 9-2 Over The Phillies: Dan Haren Of Old Once Again In D.C.

The Washington Nationals scored nine runs on 12 hits in a 9-2 win in Nationals Park, knocking Philadelphia Phillies' lefty John Lannan out early and providing Dan Haren with all the support the right-hander would need to win his third straight start.

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Jayson Werth entered tonight's game 10 for 29, .345/.441/.828, with two doubles and four home runs off Philadelphia Phillies' left-hander John Lannan in their respective careers, though the Washington Nationals' 34-year-old outfielder collected eight of those ten hits when he was playing for the Phillies and Lannan was a Nat. Werth was 2 for 5 vs the 28-year-old, Nationals' '05 11th Round pick this season, which is Lannan's first with Philadelphia after signing a free agent deal this past winter.

Werth stepped to the plate against Lannan for the first time tonight with two down and Ryan Zimmerman at second and took the sixth walk in 35 career PAs vs the former Nats' lefty. Ian Desmond reached safely on a two-out infield single but that brought Adam LaRoche to the plate looking for his first career hit off Lannan in his 16 career plate appearances. LaRoche was 0 for 16 with 6 Ks vs Lannan when he struck out to end the bottom of the first. 0-0 in the nation's capital.

Dan Haren retired the first six Phillies he faced on 24 pitches with a 16-pitch opening frame and an eight-pitch top of the second. Wilson Ramos connected with a first-pitch fastball from Lannan for a leadoff single in the Nationals' second. Ramos took second base on a wild pitch to Anthony Rendon and the Nats' second baseman took an 87 mph 2-2 fastball to center field where it bounced off the railing atop the GEICO wall in center field in Nationals Park for a two-run home run and a 2-0 Nats' lead. HR no.6 of 2013. Two outs later, Ryan Zimmerman stepped in and crushed a 1-1 change from Lannan, sending the second home run of the inning into the Red Porch seats for no.13 of 2013 and a 3-0 lead. THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!! THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!!!

Philies' catcher Carlos Ruiz caught an 0-2 fastball on the left bicep and took a base to start the third, only to get doubled up on a sharp liner to first from Michael Martinez. Adam LaRoche made the catch and stepped on the bag for the unassisted double play and Dan Haren struck John Lannan out to end a 10-pitch top of the third and his third scoreless after 34 pitches.

Jayson Werth was 0 for 1 tonight and 10 for 30 career vs Lannan after grounding out to start the bottom of the third inning. Ian Desmond doubled for the 29th time this season with one down, sending a 1-1 change the other way for a two-base hit into the right-center gap. Adam LaRoche's first hit in 17 career at bats vs John Lannan was an RBI double to center that Phillies' center fielder Michael Martinez dove for and missed. Desmond scored to make it 4-0 Nats after three in D.C.

Phillies' first baseman Michael Young doubled off the out-of-town scoreboard in right for the Phillies' first hit of the game off Dan Haren. Chase Utley connected for the second hit, an RBI line drive to right that scored Young from second to make it a 4-1 game after three and a half. Two outs later, Haren finished a 19-pitch fourth 53. John Lannan retired the Nationals in order in a quick bottom of the fourth inning.

Dan Haren's eight pitch, 1-2-3 top of the fifth pushed him up to 61 pitches overall. Still 4-1 Nats.

Jayson Werth walked for the second time tonight with one down in the Nationals' half of the fifth. One out later, Adam LaRoche connected for his second career hit in 18 at bats vs John Lannan, sending Werth around to third with a single so that Wilson Ramos could drive him in with a double to center on an 0-1 curve from the Phillies' left-hander. 5-1 Nationals. John Lannan walked Anthony Rendon intentionally to get to the opposing pitcher, then walked Dan Haren to force in a run and make it 6-1. Denard Span lined to right for a two-run single, but got tagged out after making it an 8-1 game.

The Phillies went down in order in a 14-pitch top of the sixth that had Dan Haren up to 75 pitches with eight batters in a row set down after Chase Utley's RBI single in the fourth. Justin De Fratus took over for John Lannan in the bottom of the sixth. Jayson Werth was 1 for 2 with two walks after singling to right with two down but he was stranded at first when Ian Desmond lined out to left to end the sixth.

Chase Utley battled for six pitches before doubling to right on a 1-2 cutter from Dan Haren, breaking up the Nats' starter's streak of eight-straight retired batters. Domonic Brown singled through the right side in the next at bat to put runners on the corners with no one out. Darin Ruf recognized a 1-2 fastball outside from Haren way too late and K'd swinging desperately for out no.1. A grounder to second by Cody Asche on which Anthony Rendon made a diving play and toss for the force at second for out no.2 brought in Utley for the Phillies' second run to make it an 8-2 game. Carlos Ruiz stepped in with two down and fouled strike three in to Wilson Ramos' mitt to end a 22-pitch inning that left Haren at 97 pitches overall.

Dan Haren's Line: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 Ks, 97 P, 61 S, 8/1 GO/FO.

Ryan Mattheus took the mound in the top of the eighth and threw a quick, six-pitch 1-2-3 frame. Pinch hitter Scott Hairston doubled to start the Nationals' eighth, and two outs later scored on Bryce Harper's first hit of the night in five ABs. 9-2 Nationals after eight innings in D.C.

Nats' lefty Ian Krol came on for the top of the ninth and retired the first two Phillies he faced before issuing a two-out walk to Domonic Brown. Darin Ruf stepped in with a runner on, and took an 0-2 bender for a called strike three. 9-2 Nationals final.

Nationals now 55-60.