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Nationals 3, Yankees 2: Don't blame CMW

Chien-Ming Wang (0-5) took the loss Wednesday night in his make-or-break start as the Yanks fell to Washington, 3-2.

Don't pin the blame for this one on CMW, though. He pitched fine, and so did Phil Hughes and the rest of the Yankee bullpen.

Give Washington starter John Lannan, who pitched a brilliant, 8.1 innings, some credit. And give the Yankee defense, and an atrocious call by first-base umpire Larry Vanover, the blame.

Wang give up 6 hits, two walks and all three Washington runs in 5 innings. With a little help, though, the only run he should have surrendered was Adam Dunn's fourth-inning home run.

Ramiro Pena muffed a throw at second base that should have been a caught stealing, and Vanover clearly screwed up when he called Christian Guzman safe on a ground ball to A-Rod. If all had gone properly, that play would have been the final out of the inning and no runs would have scored.

Melky Cabrera compounded the issue by playing what should have been a single by Nick Johnson into a two-run triple.

Anyway, a frustrating night for the Yanks who nearly pulled off another walk off before Robinson Cano banged into a game-ending double play.