Orioles win 2 straight, beating the Nats 2-1

Orioles win 2 straight, beating the Nats 2-1

With one swing of the bat, Vladimir Guerrero got the team the victory and the series.

In the final game against the Nationals, Baltimore took home the win and the first series in the Battle of the Beltway, winning 2-1. Jordan Zimmerman took the loss while Jim Johnson got his third win and Kevin Gregg recorded his eighth save.

The pitching was in control, getting out of any problematic situations faced, until the fourth inning when Washington got the first run of the game. Jayson Werth started it off with a double to right field and Wilson Ramos took first on the free pass. To load the bases, Danny Espinosa took one for the team as he got hit by a pitch. The RBI came in the form of an infield single by Alex Cora. Mark Reynolds made a good play by stopping the ball and keeping the second run from scoring.

After 13 Orioles were retired in a row, they took the lead in the seventh. Nick Markakis got a leadoff single and was driven in when Vladimir Guerrero went deep for the fifth time this season. They sent eight to the plate in the inning but left the bases loaded.

Chris Tillman had a fairly solid outing, going 5.0 innings and giving up only a run. He was taken out due to pitch count with it being at 97 and having allowed six hits. Tillman got out of a few tough innings: the second inning saw runners stranded at second and third base while only one run was scored despite the bases being loaded in the fourth. Once again, the Nationals fouled off a number of pitches to cause the high pitch count for the young starter. Tillman has allowed one or fewer runs in four of his last five starts but had not made it past the fifth inning in three of them.

Jeremy Accardo went 1.0 and gave up only one hit. Jim Johnson worked the seventh inning scoreless. Koji Uehara pitched the eighth, retiring the side in order. Kevin Gregg came on to close the game, walking one before getting the game-ending double play.

Zimmerman worked 6.1 innings in his outing with two runs on four hits being surrendered. Tyler Clippard came on to finish the seventh, going hitless but walking two. Todd Coffey took the mound in the eighth, having a three up and three down inning.

The Oriole bats went from surging to dead in the matter of a day with only four hits coming today. There were only five runners left on base. The offense was sat down in order six out of the eight times and were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position. The Nationals only sent three to the plate three times, getting a hit in all but two innings.

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman was thrown out after two pitches for arguing whether or not the first hitter of the game—Roger Bernedina—stepped on the plate on a drag bunt.

The Birds take the day off tomorrow to travel to Kansas City where Zach Britton (5-2) will take the first game against Danny Duffy (0-0).

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