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MLB: Washington 2, New York Mets 0

Sept. 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM

NEW YORK, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- John Lannan combined with five relievers Wednesday to produce Washington's ninth shutout of the season, a 2-0 victory over the New York Mets.

The Nationals need 11 victories in their last 19 games to reach 100 for the season.

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With Stephen Strasburg having been shut down for the remainder of the season, Lannan (3-0) moved into the rotation for his third start of the campaign. He has won them all.

Lannan allowed five hits through 5 1/3 innings while throwing 81 pitches. Drew Storen came on in the ninth with two on and two out and protected the shutout by getting Daniel Murphy on a fly ball to center.

Washington, which began the game with a National League-best 3.31 team earned run average, won its third straight.

The Nationals' runs came on a homer by Ryan Zimmerman in the fourth and another by Ian Desmond in the eighth.

Matt Harvey (3-5) gave up the first home run and four other hits while striking out 10 over five innings to take the hard-luck loss.

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