Nationals get to .500 with 2-1 win over Mariners

Seventy-four games into the 2011 season, the Nationals are at .500.

They beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Wednesday night, evening their record at 37-37 and guaranteeing their fourth straight series win. It’s the latest in a season the Nationals have hit .500 since 2005. They’ve won 10 of 11, and their 21-13 record at home is the third best in the National League.

The way they did it wasn’t pretty, scoring two runs after a pair of Mariners errors. But the Nationals got another solid start from John Lannan - who’s given up five earned runs in his last 39 innings - and 3 1/3 scoreless innings from their bullpen, with a well-rested Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen pitching the eighth and ninth.

Danny Espinosa and Jerry Hairston Jr., who both had big hits in the Nationals’ ninth-inning rally last night, drove in the only two runs.

More from the clubhouse in a little bit.