MLB Game Summary - Baltimore at Washington
(Saturday, May 19th)
Final Score: Baltimore 6, Washington 5
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Adam Jones went 3-for-4 with a two-run home
run and the Baltimore Orioles knocked off the Washington Nationals, 6-5, in
the second edition of a three-game interleague series.
Nick Markakis ripped a two-run homer and Robert Andino had a two-run single
among his two hits and scored a run for the Orioles, who have won five
Jason Hammel (5-1) allowed four runs on six hits and a pair of walks while
whiffing five over 5 1/3 innings to secure the win. Jim Johnson worked around
a solo home run in the ninth to nail down his 15th save of the season.
"Obviously an outstanding job by the 'pen tonight to fill in for me," Hammel
said. "Once I can get this thing strong, I hope not to let them work anymore."
Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and Roger Benadina had two
hits and an RBI for the Nationals, who have dropped three straight and four of
Ross Detwiler (3-3) gave up six runs on nine hits and a walk while striking
out three over five frames to absorb the loss.
The Orioles opened the scoring in the second inning. Wilson Betemit started
the frame with a base hit up the middle and moved to second on a sacrifice
bunt by Steve Tolleson. Xavier Avery followed with a walk and both runners
advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Hammel. Andino then roped a single into left
to score both runners for a 2-0 Baltimore lead.
J.J. Hardy singled to start the Baltimore third and after a fielder's choice
groundout by Markakis, Jones crushed a fastball out over the plate from
Detwiler into the left field seats to extend the lead to 4-0.
"The American League is notorious for jumping on some fastballs over the
plate," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "You've got to use that
secondary pitch. I think the first offspeed pitch he threw in the third
inning, he (Jones) jumped all over it."
The O's widened their lead to 6-0 in the fifth when Andino doubled to begin
the inning and after Hardy lined out, Markakis ripped one over the right field
Washington got on the board in the bottom half of the inning. Bernadina poked
one up the middle for a base hit and pinch-hitter Tyler Moore singled to put
two runners on base. Steve Lombardozzi ripped an RBI single into right to make
The Nats cut the deficit to two with three runs in the sixth. Zimmerman
crushed a double into right to start things and Adam LaRoche walked. After Ian
Desmond flied out, Ankiel brought home Zimmerman with a double to deep center.
Luis Ayala was summoned from the Baltimore bullpen and got Carlos Maldonado to
ground out, but LaRoche came home to score on the play. Bernadina followed
with a base hit to center to score Ankiel for a 6-4 game.
Zimmerman pulled the Nats within one in the ninth when he blasted a fastball
from Johnson deep into the seats in left, but the closer recovered and got
LaRoche on strikes to preserve the victory.
Baltimore improved its MLB-best road record to 15-5 and have won nine straight
games on the road, their longest such road winning streak since August 29-
September 24, 1999, when they won 10 straight...This series marks the first
meeting between the clubs in which both teams have a winning record...The O's
went 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded four, while
Washington was 3-for-10 with RISP and left eight on base.
05/20 01:48:40 ET
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