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Thru 5: Nats down 2-1

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The Nationals are playing their final home game of the 2009 season, and so far, it looks like a convincing replica of their matchup against the Mets on Sept. 19 at Citi Field. John Lannan has pitched well through five innings, but the Nationals can’t get anything going against Tim Redding, and might again cost Lannan his 10th win of the year.

For the second straight matchup against the Nats, Redding took a no-hitter into the fourth inning; this one was broken up one batter later than the one he had on the 19th. But he’s kept the Nationals from getting much going offensively, shutting down the top of their order.

Lannan is finishing the year strong, and looks sharp again today — he’s struck out two with a good fastball that’s touching 90 mph regularly. He walked Carlos Beltran and gave up a double to Jeff Francoeur that nearly cleared the left-field fence and was subject to review, but hasn’t given up a hit since the second.

It stands to reason Lannan will pitch at least through the seventh today, but can the Nats get him a win? We’ll see.

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