Lannan Tough as Nats Blank Cubbies

Lefty gives up four hits over seven innings
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2008 6:06 PM CDT
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly throws against the Washington Nationals during the first inning of an MLB game, Sunday, April 27, 2008, in Washington. Lilly dropped to 1-4 this season.    (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
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(Newser) – John Lannan pitched four-hit ball for seven innnings, and Wily Mo Pena and Wil Nieves had back-to-back RBI singles to lead the Washington Nationals to a 2-0 win over Chicago on Sunday. Lannan (2-2) matched a career high with his seven innings, struck out three, walked four and didn't allow a hit until Ronny Cedeno singled to start the fifth.

Luis Ayala and Jon Rauch each pitch a hitless inning to complete the shutout. Rauch finished for his fourth save. The Cubs’ Ted Lilly (1-4), making his 200th start, gave up two runs on four hits in six innings. Chicago had a scoring threat in the fifth, loading the bases with one out, but Ryan Theriot grounded into a double play.