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Lannan hits first homer, guides Nats over Dodgers

Jul 23, 2011 - 6:24 AM Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - John Lannan beat the Dodgers with his arm and his bat Friday, leading the Washington Nationals to a 7-2 victory in the opener of a three game series.

Lannan (7-6) went 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs -- one earned -- on three hits, while fanning six and walking four. In addition to his pitching performance, Lannan also hit his first career home run and came up with a single for the Nats, who had lost three of their last four.

Jerry Hairston Jr. cracked a grand slam to break the game open in the ninth inning and Michael Morse added an RBI double.

Hiroki Kuroda (6-12) worked 6 1/3 innings, yielding three runs on seven hits while striking out seven and walking three. He's dropped nine of his last 10 decisions.

Aaron Miles ripped a double, while Andre Ethier and Juan Rivera picked up the other two hits for the Dodgers, who have lost five of their last six games.

Down 3-2 in the seventh, Los Angeles put a runner in scoring position when Miles doubled off the left field wall with one out. Sean Burnett was then summoned from the bullpen. Burnett got Tony Gwynn Jr. to ground out, although Miles advanced to third. Burnett shook off the pressure and caught Rafael Furcal looking at strike three to end the inning.

Washington broke the game open in the ninth on Hairston's one-out grand slam to left. The Dodgers used three pitchers in the inning. Rick Ankiel doubled off Mike MacDougal to start the frame. Ian Desmond walked with one out. Hong-Chih Kuo took over on the mound, but walked pinch-hitter Jesus Flores. Hairston then faced Matt Guerrier and smacked a 3-2 fastball over the wall in left field for his third career grand slam.

"I knew he didn't want to walk [me] so I wanted to be a little aggressive in the zone," Hairston said. "I was just looking for a pitch out over the plate and wanted to put a good swing on it. Fortunately I was able to hit it hard."

Washington opened the scoring in its first at-bat when Morse doubled to left with two outs to score Ryan Zimmerman.

The Nats extended their lead in the second when Lannan crushed a fastball deep into the seats in right field. The hit plated Desmond, who singled with two outs.

Los Angeles pulled within 3-2 in the fourth. Matt Kemp worked a leadoff walk and Rivera followed with a double to right. Juan Uribe reached safely on an error by Desmond to score Kemp. The Dodgers were unable to take further advantage however. Rod Barajas popped out for the first out of the inning, Another Desmond error allowed Jamey Carroll to reach first base. Kuroda moved the runners to second and third on a sacrifice bunt and Gwynn grounded out to end the inning.

"Obviously we have to put some numbers on the board," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Other than the one inning there, we didn't really mount a whole lot of charges after that. The main thing is we need to throw some numbers up there and give ourselves chances."

Game Notes

This marks the first meeting between the teams this season...This is the first of a 10-day, nine game homestand for the Dodgers...The Nationals are 12-10 against the National League West, while Los Angeles is 9-12 against National League East opposition...The Dodgers lead the all-time series with the Nationals/Expos franchise by a 247-183 count...Kenley Jansen pitched 1 1/3 innings for LA, extending his scoreless stretch to 13 innings.