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MIA@WSH: Lannan fans four over six-plus innings

John Lannan will make his first start as Stephen Strasburg's replacement in Washington's rotation Wednesday in New York in the series finale between the Nationals and Mets. Looking to snap a five-game losing streak, the Mets will counter Lannan with rookie right-hander Matt Harvey, who has just two more starts before he is shut down for the season.

Lannan, who was twice the Nationals' Opening day starter, returns to the rotation that he anchored for four years before being sent to Triple-A Syracuse after losing a competition in Spring Training with left-hander Ross Detwiler to be the club's fifth starter. He has twice been summoned as a spot starter during doubleheaders this year, winning both games.

Lannan will now return to the rotation for the rest of the season, and do so only a short drive from his childhood home on Long Island. With the Nationals in a pennant race, Lannan knows there will be more pressure than what he was accustomed to in Syracuse.

"Obviously it's different, I'm not throwing in front of 200 people here, so the adrenaline is probably more up here than it is down there," Lannan said. "It's just something that happens. It feels great, because I haven't been in a lot of pressure situations down there, but I'm ready."

Harvey has thrown a career-high 157 1/3 innings between Triple-A Buffalo and the Mets going into his penultimate start this season. While he says he feels no fatigue, Harvey said he trusts the Mets' brass to make the best decision.

"Those aren't my calls, whatever they decide is fine," Harvey said. "I'm going to prepare mentally and physically for the rest of the season. If they ever decide to bring me back, I'd like to be ready for it."

Nationals: Burnett likely to return Wednesday
Left-hander Sean Burnett is likely to be available Wednesday out of the Nationals' bullpen for the first time in more than a week. Burnett hasn't pitched since Sept. 2 because of nerve irritation in his left elbow.

Burnett wanted to be available to pitch Tuesday, but manager Davey Johnson said the club wanted to see how Burnett responded to the bullpen session he threw Monday. Johnson said if Burnett felt good Tuesday, he would return to action Wednesday.

Burnett leads the Nationals with 61 appearances and has a 2.49 ERA in 50 2/3 innings.

• Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman extended his RBI streak to eight games with a first-inning sacrifice fly in the Nationals' 5-3 victory Tuesday. The streak is the longest since the Nationals moved to D.C. in 2005.

Zimmerman is hitting .324 with four home runs 13 RBIs during the streak. The Nationals are 7-1 since the streak began Sept. 3, and are 41-19 overall in games in which Zimmerman drives in at least one run.

Mets: Wright extends streak, but longer slump continues
Third baseman David Wright singled in the fifth inning of the Mets' 5-3 loss to the Nationals on Tuesday to extend his hitting streak to six games. But Wright's second-half slide continued as he went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.

After hitting .351 with a .441 on-base percentage and a .563 slugging percentage in the first half, Wright has hit .256 with a .340 on-base percentage and a .396 slugging percentage since the All-Star break. Wright last hit a home run 60 at-bats ago, on Aug. 24.

• Tuesday, for the 12th straight game at Citi Field, the Mets scored fewer than four runs. The streak set a new franchise record, breaking the mark set in 1966-1967 and duplicated in 1979.

The Mets are 2-10 during the streak. They last scored more than three runs at home on Aug. 12, in a 6-5 victory against the Braves.

Worth noting
• After Tuesday's win, the Nationals have won seven straight games at Citi Field. Overall this season, they are 7-1 in Queens. Comments