He ran into trouble in the fifth, though, walking Sutton with one on and two out and putting a second runner on base for the middle of the Reds’ order.
Votto responded by singling home Hanigan, pulling Cincinnati within one. Then Jonny Gomes, who hit three homers on Thursday night, blasted a three-run shot to left that gave the Reds a two-run lead.
The inning also rang up Lannan’s pitch count; he lasted just 5 2/3 innings despite the strong start.
“The walk to Sutton kind of got me,” Lannan said. “I made a good pitch to Votto, and that’s good hitting. Gomes, I made a pitch in, and that’s his swing path. He was able to get enough air under it and get it out. … [But] today was a hard-nosed win by us, and I’m glad we got the win.”
They did, because the Nationals kept taking chances after one didn’t work out.
“No matter what the score is, we know we’re probably not out of it,” first baseman Adam Dunn said. “If there’s one thing we can take positive out of this year, that’s it.”
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