The Orioles couldn’t close it out in our nation’s capital. It was an exciting game 3, but in the end it was just another Sunday loss, their 1-7 now, and another series finale loss.
It was back and forth in DC between the O’s and Nats. And it went something like this…
Brad Bergesen got his first career hit, a single up the middle in the 3rd. Bergesen’s hit proved to be beneficial as Nick Markakis drove him in on a 2 out RBI triple that was inches away from a 3 run homerun. Brad reached on an error in the 3rd, a ball that very easily could have been hit number 2 for BB.
The Birds added another run in the fifth after Adam Jones was hit by a pitch. Jones stole second and was moved to third on a Markakis ground out. Aubrey Huff, who was slumping until yesterday, got his second RBI in two days with a hard hit ground ball between first and second.
But the Nats responded with 2 of their own in the bottom of the 5th. 3 straight doubles, including an RBI double from the pitcher Shairon Martis kept the game within 2 for Washington.
The Nationals took a 4-3 lead in the 6th when Adam Dunn hit a 2 run homerun. Bergesen came out after giving up a single to Austin Kearns and Chris Ray got the final out of the inning.
The lead was short lived though, Adam “Bubble Gum” Jones hit a 2 run homerun that gave the O’s a 5-4 lead and while crossing home he patted the Maryland flag on his sleeve. It was Jones’ 10th homer of the year and it not only gave the Birds a lead, but it ended Martis’ game.
Jamie Walker threw batting practice to Adam Dunn in the 7th, a grand slam that gave the Nats an 8-5 lead. All 400 DC fans rose to their feat when Walker served it up, it was Dunn’s first career 6 RBI game and a 2 homerun day.
The Orioles wrapped up their 10 game road trip with two wins in DC, failing to complete their first 3 game winning streak. The O’s are 10-11 against the Nats all time and finished 4-6 on the trip after splitting 4 with the Royals and 3 bad losses in New York.