MLB Game Summary - Washington at Baltimore|
(Saturday, June 23rd)
Final Score: Washington 3, Baltimore 1
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Edwin Jackson tossed 6 1/3 strong innings on
Saturday and the Washington Nationals topped the Baltimore Orioles, 3-1, in
the second game of the Beltway Series at Camden Yards.
Jackson (4-4) allowed just one run on four hits and a walk with five
strikeouts to capture the win, saying afterward that he approaches every day
he pitches like he's the No. 1 starter.
"You have to be No. 1 on the day you pitch regardless of who you're pitching
against," he said. "Numbers are numbers."
Mike Gonzalez finished the seventh, Sean Burnett tossed a scoreless eighth and
Tyler Clippard nailed down his 12th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Adam LaRoche laced a solo home run and Xavier Nady picked up an RBI with an
infield single for the Nationals, who have won three of their last four games.
Adam Jones homered for the O's, losers in four of their last five.
Wei-Yin Chen (7-3) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits and two
walks with four strikeouts over five innings to take the loss.
The Nationals opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the second inning.
Michael Morse and LaRoche hit consecutive singles and both runners advanced on
a ground out by Ian Desmond. After Tyler Moore struck out, Nady beat out an
infield single to score Morse, and LaRoche crossed the plate thanks to a
throwing error by Orioles third baseman Wilson Betemit.
LaRoche crushed a fastball over the wall in right-center leading off the
fourth to extend the lead to 3-0.
Jones was Baltimore's first baserunner after he reached on an error by the
usually sure-handed Ryan Zimmerman to lead off the fifth and Betemit got the
first O's hit of the game two batters later with a single to put runners on
the corners with one down. Jackson fanned Mark Reynolds, but walked Nick
Johnson to load the bases for Steve Pearce, who popped out, keeping the
Orioles off the board.
"Hitting's contagious," said Jones, "and we're just not swinging the bats as
well as we want to. ... It happens. Edwin threw a great game. I was just
texting him right now. He threw a really good game and sometimes you just have
to tip your cap to the man."
The Orioles finally cracked the scoreboard in the seventh after Jones led off
by crushing a hanging slider from Jackson over the wall in left for his 19th
homer of the season.
Clippard retired Chris Davis, Jones and Matt Wieters in order to lock down the
victory for Washington.
Prior to Saturday's game, the Orioles released pitcher Jamie Moyer at his
request. Moyer was picked up by Baltimore after being let go by the Colorado
Rockies, but never made it to the major league level for the O's...Washington
went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven, while
Baltimore finished 0-for-3 with men in scoring position and left four on
base...The Nats improved to 10-7 in interleague play this season.
06/24 00:31:10 ET