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John Lannan was tagged for six runs in the third inning before getting yanked.
Instead, the inning collapsed on Lannan and the Nationals when the left-hander picked up the ball and rushed a throw to the plate that wound up sailing way off-line and allowing two runs to score.
Realizing the magnitude of his error, Lannan fell to his knees and threw both hands onto his head, a look of utter defeat.
"I really don't show that emotion on the field. I showed some there," he said. "Really down on myself for making that errant throw."
Moments later -- after he had allowed another run to score on a suicide squeeze fielded by nobody -- Lannan was out of the game and the Nationals were well on their way to a 9-3 loss to the Astros that included as ugly an inning as they've featured all season.
"In reality, I think I should just let the ball go and let [third baseman Ryan Zimmerman] have it," Lannan said. "But it happened so fast that I just want to kind of get an out there, and I think I had a little more