ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Five of the eight batters John Lannan had faced this season entering Saturday had reached base, including two with homers. So when Terry Collins turned to Lannan for the 12th inning with the score tied, it was not clear what to expect.
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Lannan proceeded to toss two perfect innings. He earned his first Mets victory as the Amazin's beat the Los Angeles Angels, 7-6, in 13 innings Saturday.
"I'm just glad I could help out a little bit," Lannan said. "These first couple of weeks have been a little bit of a struggle personally. But I've put those aside and have kind of been concentrating on just trying to figure this out so I can, cliché as it is, help this team win, because everybody has been battling. The bullpen has been throwing the ball extremely well and I've just been sitting there. Tonight was just the first step, and I look forward to building on it."
Lannan acknowledged it is an adjustment working out of the bullpen for the first time in his career.
He believed he had better life on his pitches Saturday. Entering this appearance, Lannan's fastball velocity had been averaging a career-low 86.9 mph. He averaged 89.4 mph just two seasons ago with the Washington Nationals.
"I'm not looking to blow it by guys," Lannan said. "But when my velocity is up a little bit, it definitely helps my movement."
As for waiting to be summoned for the 12th inning after nearly exclusively starting in his pro career, Lannan added: "It's something I never really experienced."
How long could Lannan have pitched? He suggested he could have gone a starter's length, since that's how he worked for most of spring training.
"I could have went 10 innings," Lannan said.