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Two five-game winners highlight Nats-O's matchup

May 20, 2011 - 2:52 PM (Sports Network) - Two pitchers both seeking their sixth win of the season square off tonight when Jason Marquis and the Washington Nationals face Jake Arrieta and the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of the Beltway Series at Camden Yards.

Marquis made just 13 starts for the Nationals a year ago, but has been tremendous for them this season, going 5-1 with a 3.54 earned run average. He won for the fifth time in his last six starts on Sunday against Florida, as the Marlins managed four runs (two earned) and six hits off of him in 6 2/3 innings.

"[The run support] allowed me some room for error with my mistakes," Marquis said. "The defense did a great job. It was a good team effort today."

Marquis lost his only other start against the Orioles back in 2008 and allowed seven runs in four innings of that one.

Arrieta, meanwhile, has won his last four decisions and is 5-1 with a 4.03 ERA. He beat the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, holding them to a pair of runs and four hits in six innings. He also struck out seven.

"He had great stuff early," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Hopefully, he'll get to a point where he can kind of maximize his pitches a little bit more and get deeper." '

Arrieta did not get a decision against the Nats last season, but gave up six runs (five earned) and eight hits in 4 1/3 frames.

Both teams enter this matchup on the heels of getting swept by New York teams, as the Nationals lost both ends of their two-game set to the Mets, while the Orioles dropped two in a row to the Yankees, including a 13-2 drubbing on Thursday.

One night after Wednesday's 15-inning marathon loss, Showalter again had to tax his bullpen on Thursday, as Brad Bergesen failed to get out of the fourth inning, allowing eight runs in just 3 1/3 innings.

"Tonight, my misses were in the middle of the plate and (I) just wasn't able to get anything going," Bergesen said.

Baltimore has now lost three straight and four of its last six.

The Nationals lost for the fifth time in seven chances on Thursday, falling to the Mets, 1-0.

The Nats stranded a runner on third in the ninth. Francisco Rodriguez gave up a one-out double to Laynce Nix. Jayson Werth then hit a sharp grounder to third. Justin Turner made a great backhanded stop and threw the ball to first for the second out, but replays showed that first baseman Daniel Murphy was clearly off the bag. Nix went to third on the play, but Rodriguez got Adam LaRoche to ground out for his 14th save.

"We have to do more. We can't have [three] hits and get shut out two days in a row," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. "We are better than that. We are going to have to do better than that."

Baltimore won four of the six meetings in this series a year ago and is 8-4 over the past two seasons with five of the victories coming at Camden Yards.








  • WASHINGTON: 17
    BALTIMORE: 5
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    May 20 10:41 PM


  • Brian Bixler grounded out third to first. None on with one out and Mike Morse due up.

    Nationals 17, Orioles 5  Top 9, 1 OutMay 20 10:26 PM


  • Wilson Ramos lead-off Home Run (3) to left center. Danny Espinosa due up.

    Nationals 15, Orioles 5  Top 8, 0 OutsMay 20 10:13 PM


  • Jayson Werth one-out, solo Home Run 2 (8) to left. Matt Stairs due up.

    Nationals 14, Orioles 5  Top 7, 1 OutMay 20 9:51 PM


  • Jerry Hairston Jr. singled to left scored Wilson Ramos. On the play, Danny Espinosa advances to second. Runners on first and second with one out and Roger Bernadina due up.

    Nationals 13, Orioles 5  Top 6, 1 OutMay 20 9:33 PM


  • Jayson Werth two-out, two-run Home Run (7) to center scored Ian Desmond. Matt Stairs due up.

    Nationals 12, Orioles 5  Top 5, 2 OutsMay 20 9:13 PM


  • Roger Bernadina one-out, two-run Home Run (1) to left center scored Danny Espinosa. Ian Desmond due up.

    Nationals 10, Orioles 5  Top 5, 1 OutMay 20 9:08 PM


  • Wilson Ramos tripled to center scored Adam LaRoche. Runner on third with none out and Danny Espinosa due up.

    Nationals 7, Orioles 5  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 20 9:02 PM
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    Nationals 7, Orioles 5  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 20 9:02 PM


  • Nick Markakis walked. Runner on first with two outs and Vladimir Guerrero due up.

    Nationals 6, Orioles 5  Bot 4, 2 OutsMay 20 8:53 PM
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    Nationals 6, Orioles 5  Bot 4, 2 OutsMay 20 8:53 PM


  • Felix Pie doubled to center scored Mark Reynolds On the play, Ryan Adams advances to third. Felix Pie tagged out center fielder to pitcher to third base. Runner on third with one out and Adam Jones due up.

    Nationals 6, Orioles 4  Bot 4, 1 OutMay 20 8:51 PM


  • Jayson Werth was hit-by-pitch Jerry Hairston Jr. scored on the play. Bases loaded with two outs and Matt Stairs due up.

    Nationals 6, Orioles 3  Top 4, 2 OutsMay 20 8:37 PM


  • Jerry Hairston Jr. singled to right scored Danny Espinosa. Runner on first with one out and Roger Bernadina due up.

    Nationals 5, Orioles 3  Top 4, 1 OutMay 20 8:25 PM


  • Danny Espinosa tripled to left scored Wilson Ramos. Runner on third with one out and Jerry Hairston Jr. due up.

    Nationals 4, Orioles 3  Top 4, 1 OutMay 20 8:24 PM
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    Nationals 3, Orioles 3  Top 4, 1 OutMay 20 8:21 PM


  • Luke Scott singled to center scored Matt Wieters. Luke Scott advances to second on the throw. Runner on second with two outs and J.J. Hardy due up.

    Nationals 3, Orioles 3  Bot 3, 2 OutsMay 20 8:16 PM


  • Matt Wieters doubled to center scored Nick Markakis and Vladimir Guerrero. Runner on second with two outs and Luke Scott due up.

    Nationals 3, Orioles 2  Bot 3, 2 OutsMay 20 8:14 PM
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    Nationals 3, Orioles 0  Top 3, 1 OutMay 20 8:01 PM


  • Danny Espinosa none-out, three-run Home Run (6) to right scored Adam LaRoche and Wilson Ramos. Jerry Hairston Jr. due up.

    Nationals 3, Orioles 0  Top 2, 0 OutsMay 20 7:43 PM


  • WASHINGTON: 0
    BALTIMORE: 0
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    May 20 7:09 PM
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    Nationals vs. OriolesMay 20 8:00 AM