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John Lannan was effective yet again, earning his fifth win of the season.
So what they were feeling late Wednesday night in the wake of a 2-1 victory over the Mariners was foreign to them. For the first time, they are part of a ballclub that has reached the .500 mark following the summer solstice.
No one inside the Nationals clubhouse was entirely sure what to make of this accomplishment. A .500 record certainly isn't something to be satisfied with, yet it also signals an important milestone in this franchise's development.
After endless talk over the years about building a competitive team, they finally boast the record to back it up.
"It's a good place to be right now," said Lannan, who continued his recent run of success to earn the victory Wednesday. "I mean, I've never been on a team that's this far into the season and been .500. I