Nationals make most of chances, down OriolesJun 18, 2011 - 6:43 AM Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Jerry Hairston Jr. went 3-for-3 and drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, helping the Nationals beat the Orioles, 8-4, for their seventh consecutive victory.
Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond also drove in runs during the decisive inning for Washington, which is on its longest winning streak since 2009. The Nationals had an eight-game run that season, and also ended the year with seven consecutive victories.
"It's a long season. We never want to get ahead of ourselves," Hairston said. "If we focus on winning series, hopefully we'll put ourselves in position come September where we're in the hunt."
They won Friday thanks to timely hits, while the Orioles couldn't capitalize on 18 hits. They went 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 runners to open this three-game interleague series with a loss -- the fifth in their last six games.
Derrek Lee had five hits, while Nick Markakis and Adam Jones both had four in the setback.
"We need to play better. Spring training is over," Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said. "We keep making the same mistakes. We have to start getting some runs and play better defense."
After the Orioles tied the game in the top of the sixth, the Nationals scored three runs in the bottom half.
Jeremy Accardo (3-3) took the mound for Baltimore and was ineffective, walking Wilson Ramos before giving up a hard-hit RBI double to Hairston. He walked Sean Burnett -- the opposing pitcher -- before finally recording an out.
But Accardo was pulled at that point and Jason Berken came in, only to give up a run-scoring base hit to Werth. Desmond's sacrifice fly to center plated Burnett to make it a 7-4 contest.
The Nationals bullpen made the lead stand. Burnett (3-3) and Henry Rodriguez worked a scoreless seventh before Tyler Clippard tossed the eighth. He allowed a two-out single to Markakis, but ended a long battle with Jones by fanning him on a high fastball.
Roger Bernadina blasted a leadoff homer in the bottom half, and Ryan Mattheus pitched a shutout ninth in his second major league appearance.
After inclement weather delayed the start of the game by about an hour, the Orioles got on the board in the fourth inning, when they had Lee on second after a double. Robert Andino singled through the left side with two away, and Ramos, the Nationals' catcher, didn't catch the throw from Hairston as Lee crossed the plate standing up.
Andino moved to second on the play, and Orioles starter Zach Britton followed by slapping an opposite field hit to the gap in left. A sliding Hairston couldn't stop the ball and Andino came around to score easily.
It was the first career hit and RBI for the rookie pitcher, who did not have a major league plate appearance prior to Friday's game.
However, Washington surged ahead with a four-run fifth.
After Ramos and Hairston led off with singles to put runners on the corners, Jason Marquis bunted toward third base. Mark Reynolds fielded the ball and checked to make sure Ramos wasn't headed home, he turned toward first only to find Marquis nearly at the bag.
Reynolds' rushed throw sailed wide, allowing Ramos to score and Hairston to advance to third.
A Bernadina groundout brought another run in, and RBI singles from Desmond and Ryan Zimmerman made it a 4-2 contest.
The Orioles tied the game in the next inning, after Andino's one-out double put runners on second and third. That signaled the end of Marquis' day, and pinch-hitter Vladimir Guerrero singled to center off Todd Coffey to get one run in, and J.J. Hardy's sacrifice fly plated Andino. Baltimore went on to load the bases with two away, but Wieters grounded into a force out at second to end the inning.
Baltimore took two of three from Washington at home last month...In five innings, Britton allowed four runs -- one earned -- on five hits and two walks...Marquis gave up 12 hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings...It was revealed Friday that Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie has a strain in his back, but will apparently not go on the disabled list. He left Thursday's win at Toronto with the injury, but posted on his Twitter account Friday that an MRI exam showed a "minor" strain.
- BALTIMORE: 4
Jun 17 11:23 PM
- Roger Bernadina lead-off Home Run (3) to right-center. Jayson Werth is due up.
Orioles 4, Nationals 8 Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 17 11:00 PM
- Ian Desmond's sacrifice fly to center scored Sean Burnett. Runner on first with two outs and Ryan Zimmerman due up.
Orioles 4, Nationals 7 Bot 6, 2 OutsJun 17 10:18 PM
- Jayson Werth singled to left-center scoring Jerry Hairston Jr.. On the play, Sean Burnett advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and Ian Desmond due up.
Orioles 4, Nationals 6 Bot 6, 1 OutJun 17 10:16 PM
- Jerry Hairston Jr. doubled to left scoring Wilson Ramos. Runner on second with none out and Sean Burnett due up.
Orioles 4, Nationals 5 Bot 6, 0 OutsJun 17 10:06 PM
- J.J. Hardy's sacrifice fly to center scored Robert Andino. Runner on first with two outs and Nick Markakis due up.
Orioles 4, Nationals 4 Top 6, 2 OutsJun 17 9:50 PM
- Pinch-hitter Vladimir Guerrero singled to center scored Mark Reynolds. On the play, Robert Andino advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and J.J. Hardy due up.
Orioles 3, Nationals 4 Top 6, 1 OutJun 17 9:47 PM
- Ryan Zimmerman singled to center scoring Ian Desmond. Runner on second with two outs as Zimmerman advanced on the throw to home and Michael Morse due up.
Orioles 2, Nationals 4 Bot 5, 2 OutsJun 17 9:32 PM
- Ian Desmond singled to left scoring Jason Marquis. Runner on first with two outs and Ryan Zimmerman due up.
Orioles 2, Nationals 3 Bot 5, 2 OutsJun 17 9:28 PM
- Roger Bernadina's groundout from second to first scored Jerry Hairston Jr. On the play, Jason Marquis advances to third. Runner on third with one out and Jayson Werth due up.
Orioles 2, Nationals 2 Bot 5, 1 OutJun 17 9:24 PM
- Jason Marquis sacrificed. On the play, Marquis reached second on Mark Reynolds's throwing error which scored Wilson Ramos. On the play, Jerry Hairston Jr. advances to third. Runners on second and third with none out and Roger Bernadina due up.
Orioles 2, Nationals 1 Bot 5, 0 OutsJun 17 9:21 PM
- J.J. Hardy struck out swinging to end the inning.
Orioles 2, Nationals 0 Mid 4Jun 17 8:59 PM
- Robert Andino singled to left scoring Derrek Lee. Runner on second with two outs as Andino advanced on the throw to home and Zach Britton due up.
Orioles 1, Nationals 0 Top 4, 2 OutsJun 17 8:56 PM
- BALTIMORE: 0
Top 1, 1 Out
Jun 17 8:02 PM
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