19 Hits, 2 Triples, 6 HR's: Washington Nationals 17-5 Over Baltimore Orioles. Nats Consider Move To AL.

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20: Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. Washington won the game 17-5. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

• Jim Riggleman on MASN after second shutout loss to NY Mets: "...we're not swinging the bats, but you know what, somebody's going to pay for this. We're going to start hitting."

• Today's Interleague Top 5: 

5. Interleague History: Since relocating from Montreal to the nation's capital, the Washington Nationals are 14-16 in 30 Interleague games with their Mid-Atlantic rivals from Baltimore (Expos are 9-6 vs O's). The Orioles are 15-9 against the Nats at home in Camden Yards, with Washington 8-7 at home in D.C. The O's have won the last three games between the regional rivals. The Nationals' franchise, yes they spent time in Montreal, comes into tonight's game with a one-game edge in the All-Time series, holding a 23-22 lead since Interleague play began. The AL rules allow the Nationals to use a DH, and Nats' Skipper Jim Riggleman's inserted Matt Stairs in the cleanup spot tonight, in spite of his 2 for 22 start to the season in a pinch hitting role. Stairs first chance to spark the offense comes in the first after Laynce Nix and Jason Werth hit two-out singles off the O's Jake Arrieta. A fly ball from Stairs falls into Felix Pie's glove in left and the Nats strand two in their twentieth scoreless frame. 2 for 23.

4. What 20.0 Inning Streak?: Both Jake Arrieta and Jason Marquis end their respective firsts with two runners on. Arrieta puts two on to start the Nats' second, walking both Adam LaRoche and Wilson Ramos. Jake Arrieta's at 42 pitches after Danny Espinosa fouls off four 2-2 pitches. Five...and the Nats' second baseman jumps all over a sinking fastball inside and drives it to right field and over the wall for a three-run blast that puts the Nationals up 3-0 on the O's and ends the Nats' 20-inning scoreless streak. 

3. Trusty Change: Adam Jones and Vladimir Guerrero hit one and two-out singles off Jason Marquis in the Orioles' first before the Nats' starter got the O's catcher swinging through a 3-2 change low and away. Nick Markakis and Guerrero connect for back-to-back two-out hits in the O's third, and this time Wieters drives a 3-1 change from Marquis to center where Roger Bernadina has it bounces off his glove and fall to the track. Two runs score, 3-2 Nats. Luke Scott singles on a ground ball to center to drive Wieters in and it's tied at 3-3 after three...Jake Arrieta hits Wilson Ramos with one down in the Nats' fourth. First pitch fastball from Arrieta, and Danny Espinosa follows up on his 3-run HR with an RBI triple off the left-center wall and out of Adam Jones' reach. Ramos scores, Espinosa slides in safely at third. 4-3 Nats. 5-3 after a broken bat single by Jerry Hairston, Jr. An infield single by Roger Bernadina with Hairston running and a pitch-around walk to Laynce Nix end Arrieta's night. Bases loaded. O's reliever Jason Berken hits Jayson Werth with the first pitch he throws, 6-3 when a run's forced in.

2. Marquis Can't Hold O's Down: Jason Marquis starts the fourth with a leadoff walk to Mark Reynolds in the first AB after the Nats take the lead. Orioles' '06 2nd Round pick Ryan Adams collects his first MLB hit in his second major league at bat. Line drive to short left for Adams. Two on, no one out for Marquis. Felix Pie drives a full-count fastball off the wall in center. Reynolds scores, 6-4 Nationals. Pie gets caught too far around second and he's tagged out after a rundown. Sac fly from Adam Jones and it's now 6-5 after four innings by Marquis.

1. #VAMOSRAMOS: Jason Berken walks Adam LaRoche to start the Nats' fifth. Second time tonight the O's have walked the .171-hitting Nationals' first baseman, and Wilson Ramos crushes a 1-2 slider from the O's reliever. RBI triple for the surprisingly quick catcher. The first triple of Ramos' career drives LaRoche in and Ramos scores on Danny Espinosa's third hit of the night. RBI single, Espinosa's 3 for 3 and a double away from the cycle. 8-5 Nationals over O's. Roger Bernadina drives a 1-2 fastball to left-center, Adam Jones has it bounce off his glove and over the wall. 2-run Jones-aided HR. 10-5 AL #Nats. Ian Desmond singles, and Jayson Werth launches a 95 mph full-count fastball from Berken out center in Camden. Werth's 7th HR, 12-5 Nationals.

0. Lightning-Rod Strikes: Jason Marquis is done after 4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K's, 89 pitches, 50 strikes, and he's not happy about it judging by his reaction in the dugout. The Nats' 6-run rally in the 5th probably makes the right-hander even angrier that he won't be getting a decision tonight.

• MLB.com's Bill Ladson @washingnats: "#Riggs was not happy that RHP Jason Marquis had a temper tantrum in the dugout .

• CSN Washington/NatsInsider @MarkZuckerman: "Riggleman, asked how upset Marquis was being taken out after 4 innings: "I'd say about as upset as I've ever seen a ballplayer."

• CSN Washington/NatsInsider @MarkZuckermanMarquis: "Just trying to plead with him to stay in the game. Obv I didn't get my way and let a little emotion out. Nothing other than that."

12-pitch scoreless frame for Henry "Lightning" Rodriguez in the bottom of the fifth. Gameday has the former Oakland A's arm's fastballs between 97-100 mph, he drops an 84 mph 0-2 slider on O's catcher Matt Wieters to get a backwards K, gets a groundout from Luke Scott with a 100 mph heater, and gets a fly to center from J.J. Hardy on a 97 mph fastball to end the fifth. An RBI single by Jerry Hairston drives Wilson Ramos in after the Nats' catcher singles and Danny Espinosa walks with one down in the sixth, 13-5 Nats. 

-1. ARRROOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!: O's lefty Mike Gonzalez gets behind Jayson Werth, who's already homered tonight, collecting his seventh in the fifth on a full-count fastball from Jason Berken. Werth squares up a 95 mph 2-1 fastball from Gonzalez and drives it to left-center for a solo HR and a 14-5 Nationals' lead over the O's. Werth's first two-HR game with the Nationals. Wilson Ramos hits the #Nats' 5th HR of the night off Gonzalez in the Nats' eighth. Hanging curve from the O's lefty, and the Nats' catcher is a double away from hitting for the cycle. 15-5 Nationals. Laynce Nix hits the Nationals' sixth HR on the night in the ninth. Two-run HR, 17-5 Nationals to set a D.C. franchise record for runs scored. Franchise record: April 28th, 2006: Expos vs Rockies. 21-9 Montreal

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Nationals now 21-23.

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