John Lannan pieced together his best start as a Phillie -- and maybe the best start of his career -- in Monday's series opener with Washington, scattering four hits over eight scoreless innings in a 3-2 Phillies win. Lannan induced 15 groundballs and struck out four.
It was only the second time in Lannan's career he pitched at least eight scoreless innings. The other was a seven-hit shutout of the Mets in July 2009. Three of his four strikeouts were of Ian Desmond. Lannan (2-3, 4.23) had four 1-2-3 innings.
Jonathan Papelbon made things interesting in the ninth, when Bryce Harper singled, Ryan Zimmerman doubled and Jayson Werth followed with a 400-foot fly to center that, luckily, was just a sac fly. Harper and Zimmerman scored but Papelbon shut the door for his 19th save.
The offensive player of the night was, again, Ben Revere. The red-hot centerfielder was 3-for-5 with a double, a steal and two runs. His batting average is .300, the highest it's been all season. He's batted .343 since May 1 to lead all major-league centerfielders.
In his second start of the year, Darin Ruf went 1-for-3 with a run-producing walk. He played eight innings at first before being removed for a pinch-runner.
The Phils managed just two runs off Dan Haren -- both in the first inning -- but put 10 men on base in his five innings and hit numerous balls hard, but right at fielders.
The win improves the Phils to 44-46 on the season, 5-2 in July, 4-3 vs. the Nationals and an NL East-leading 22-13 against the division. It's their third straight series-opening win.
Tomorrow, Cole Hamels (3-11, 4.38) takes on rookie right-hander Taylor Jordan, who is 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts.