If the Nationals were going to get big home runs from two players to get them back on track on Friday night in Los Angeles, John Lannan and Jerry Hairston Jr. were about the last two players you’d expect to deliver them.
Lannan had never homered before Friday, while Hairston began the night on the bench. By the end of it, though, they were the two who lifted the Nationals to a win.
Lannan hit his first career homer in the second inning, blasting a two-run shot to right field and allowing only two runs (one earned) in 6 2/3 innings. And in the ninth inning, with the Nationals still up only a run, Hairston smoked a line drive to left for a grand slam, putting the Nationals up 7-2.
That’s where the game ended, with a surprising outburst of offense for a team that hasn’t had enough of them lately. The Nationals pulled back to within a game of .500, and gave themselves a chance to win the series tomorrow.