Nationals win, reach .500

The Washington Nationals defeated the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Wednesday night, and in the process reached the .500 mark for the first time since May.

John Lannan earned the victory for Washington by limiting Seattle to three hits and one run in 5 2/3 innings. Erik Bedard took the loss for the Mariners despite striking out 10 batters in six innings of work. The Seattle defense betrayed Bedard, committing two errors that resulted in a pair of unearned runs.

Third baseman Chone Figgins made the first error, misplaying a hard hit grounder by Michael Morse with two outs in the first. The error kept the inning alive, and Danny Espinosa later delivered a single that scored Ryan Zimmerman for Washington’s first run.

A combination of a Bedard wild pitch and a throwing error by catcher Miguel Olivo led to the Nationals second unearned run in the fourth inning.

The Nationals record now stands at 37-37.