Baltimore hoped to snap their three game losing streak and 1-5 home stand slide tonight against the National League East Division leading Washington Nationals in the “Battle of the Beltways.” The Orioles would have a big inning in the fourth off a pitcher who wasn’t originally supposed to pitch tonight and would keep that lead for the rest of the game winning 4-3. They improve to 19-6 in one run games against Washington and 18-11 at Camden Yards against Washington.
After pitching his worst start of the season in last outing Orioles starter Dylan Bundy was able to bounce back with a win pitching six innings only giving up two runs on three hits with four strikeouts, but did walk a season high four batters and hit a batter while throwing a career-high 94 pitches. Bundy (7-4) has the lowest ERA on the team since the All-Star Break and has now won four of his last five starts. Jonathan Schoop hit his 20th home run of the season tonight extending his hit streak to six games and now joins Roberto Alomar as the only Orioles second baseman with 30+ doubles and 20+ home runs in a single season since 1974. Chris Davis doubled in the fourth inning to tie the game at 2-2 and then Mark Trumbo gave the Orioles the lead with a two-run homer for his 38th of the season. With that homer Trumbo’s last six hits have been homers.
In only his second career start and fourth career game in the Majors recently called up Nationals starter A.J. Cole, starting in place of Stephen Strasburg tonight who was sent to the disabled list for soreness in his right shoulder, pitched seven innings giving up four runs on five hits with two walks and a career-high eight strikeouts, but still earned the loss. Daniel Murphy went _-for-_ with a double and an RBI single in the first. Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa each hit solo home runs; Rendon’s hit his in the fourth and Espinosa hit his in the seventh. The Orioles were able to shut down Bryce Harper who went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
Orioles closer Zach Britton earned his 38th save of the season tonight retiring the side in the ninth, and remains perfect on the season in save opportunities. Game two of this series which will be in Baltimore and will be followed with two game in D.C. will be Tuesday 7:05 PM/ET. Starting pitchers will be: Reynaldo Lopez (WSH 2-1 4.37 ERA) vs. Kevin Gausman 4-10 4.11 ERA).
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).