After a tough loss last night, Baltimore reciprocated the favor, beating the Nationals 8-3 and setting up the rubber game tomorrow. Jeremy Guthrie got his second win—the first since Opening Day—and John Lannan took the loss.
Picking up right where they left off, Washington jumped out ahead in the third inning. Jerry Hariston singled and with a ground rule double, Ian Desmond got on base. Both scored when Brandon Snyder allowed the inning to continue with a fielding error at first base and letting Laynce Nix reach.
The Orioles got right back in it though in the bottom of the third, batting around in the inning. Mark Reynolds led off the inning with a walk and was driven in when Nolan Reimold went deep to tie up the game. Adam Jones bunted for a base hit and scored from first on a long single by Nick Markakis, who was driven in on a single by Vladimir Guerrero.
Baltimore added insurance runs in the seventh, starting it off with back-to-back doubles by Snyder and Robert Andino, getting one. Nick Markakis followed with an RBI single and after Guerrero singled right behind him, Matt Wieters put another on the board for the Birds with the third single in a row. Breaking an 0-for-23, J.J. Hardy added one more with an additional single.
Matt Stairs led off the ninth with a double in the ninth and came into score on a sacrifice fly by Wilson Ramos.
Guthrie went 7.0 innings with the only two runs being unearned. He threw 108 pitches for four strikeouts, a walk, and five hits. He had good command of his stuff and the offense got him run support for once, allowing him to have a margin for error.
Jim Johnson came on in the eighth, going scoreless with only one hit. Koji Uehara gave up one run in the ninth inning.
Lannan went 6.0 innings, facing two batters in the seventh and letting both reach. He gave up five runs on nine hits and racked up six strikeouts. Cole Kimball came on in relief for 1.0 inning, allowing two runs and four hits. Tyler Clippard worked 1.0 innings with only one hit coming against him.
Every spot in the lineup got at least one base hit, with five Orioles having a multi-hit game, including the seventh straight by Vladimir Guerrero to reach his career high. Once again, they reached double digits in hits, getting 14. They batted around twice on the night and were 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
In the series finale tomorrow, the O’s send Chris Tillman (2-3) against Jordan Zimmerman (2-4).