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John Lannan gave up two early runs but then shut down the Braves.
But through it all, through 128 starts with the Nationals from 2007-11, John Lannan never once pitched in a truly significant baseball game.
"I mean, I've never been on a first-place team," he said. "And I've never been in a game where it really meant something."
So when the opportunity finally presented itself Saturday night, Lannan decided he might as well make the most of it.
"That's all I wanted to do: Come in, and in any way I could help the team," he said.