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Thru 3: The Nationals are up 3-1, having scored all their runs on a play that was remarkably similar to the one that earned Nyjer Morgan all that time on SportsCenter yesterday. In the first inning, Roger Bernadina blasted a triple to the wall in right-center, and Adam Jones - who hit the inside-the-park homer yesterday after Morgan missed the ball and slammed his glove on the ground - missed the catch as he hit the wall. Jones stayed with the ball and relayed it in time to keep Bernadina at third, but the Nationals scored three runs on the play. John Lannan hasn’t been sharp - he’s walked two, and gave up back-to-back hits in the first - but he’s kept the damage to one run, and the Nationals lead by two after three innings.
Thru 6 1/2: The Nationals’ lead is still at two, with Drew Storen having taken over for John Lannan to close out the sixth. Manager Jim Riggleman pulled Lannan after 5 1/3, hoping to avoid the big inning that’s plagued Lannan at times this year after he walked the first batter of the inning. Storen, pitching with his mother and sister in attendance for the first time, walked a batter, but struck out Luke Scott on a nasty inside slider for the third out of the inning. and came back out for a 1-2-3 seventh. He also got a hit in his first professional at-bat, lacing a single to left after falling into an 0-2 hole. He’s even a switch-hitter; he batted left-handed against Millwood. The Nationals haven’t done much else against Millwood, but he’s thrown 105 pitches, so if the Nationals can get into the Orioles’ bullpen in the seventh, they might be able to add on to the lead.