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Instant analysis: Nats 7, Marlins 4

Aug 3, 2012, 11:33 PM EDT

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John Lannan pitched another strong game in another one-day call-up from Syracuse.

Game in a nutshell: For the second time in two weeks, the Nationals summoned John Lannan from Syracuse to start one half of a doubleheader. And for the second time in two weeks, the left-hander delivered. He wasn't quite as sharp as his July 23 outing against the Braves, but Lannan tossed six-plus innings to earn the quality start and improve to 2-0 for the season. He was bolstered by an early offensive explosion that featured another home run from Adam LaRoche, a two-run single from Mark DeRosa and a whole lotta production from the heart of the lineup. Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and LaRoche combined to go 6-for-9 with two doubles, a homer and five walks. And though it took some finagling of the bullpen late to seal this one, the Nationals emerged with a relatively easy win over a self-imploding Marlins club in the first game of tonight's twinbill.

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  1. Drew - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Nice job, Mr. Lannan. That's another useful, valuable start.

  2. natsfan1a - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    hehe, sneaked back on the grid to check the results. Atta way, John-Boy! :-)

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