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5. Quick Recap: Before tonight's game, Washington Nationals' catcher Wilson Ramos had not homered since July 9th in Baltimore, when he took Orioles' right-hander Bud Norris deep for a solo bomb. It took the Nats' catcher 64 plate appearances before he connected on another blast, this time off O's starter Kevin Gausman, who fed the 26-year-old backstop a 95 mph first-pitch fastball that ended up soaring over the out-of-town scoreboard in right field in Nationals Park. 1-0 Nationals early.
Orioles' catcher Caleb Joseph tied things up in the first at bat of the third, however, taking a 1-0 fastball from Tanner Roark out to left for his fifth home run of the 2014 campaign. 1-1.
Denard Span doubled (no.30) to reach base in his 30th straight game, took third on a single by Anthony Rendon and scored on a sac fly to center by Jayson Werth to make it 2-1 Nats.
Bryce Harper walked to start the Nationals' fourth, went first-to-third™ when Asdrubal Cabrera lined a single to right in the next at bat, then scored when Wilson Ramos grounded into a 6-4-3 DP. 3-1 D.C.
Nick Markakis took an 0-1 curve from Roark to right for a two-out solo home run in the fifth that got the Orioles within one at 3-2.
The Orioles rallied and took the lead in the seventh with J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty hitting back doubles to start the inning. Hardy scored on Flaherty's blast to tie it up at 3-3. A sac bunt by Caleb Joseph moved Flaherty to third and an RBI single by pinch hitter Delmon Young drove in the go-ahead run, 4-3. Two singles later the bases were loaded when Adam Jones hit the fourth straight single to left to give the Orioles a 5-3 lead.
Singles by Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy and Caleb Joseph off Nats' right-hander Craig Stammen resulted in two more runs for the Orioles, who took a commanding 7-3 lead after seven and a half.
That's how it ended, 7-3 Orioles.
4. Row-ark: Tanner Roark's start against the Marlins last week in Miami was the fourth straight in which he went seven innings and allowed just one earned run.
Over his stretch of seven-inning, one-run outings, which goes back to his first start in July, the 27-year-old right-hander has put up a 1.29 ERA, with four walks (1.29 BB/9), 24 Ks (7.71 K/9) and a .163/.212/.224 line against.
In the win over Miami on the road in Marlins Park, in which the only run he allowed came on a solo blast by infielder Jordany Valdespin, the Nationals' starter earned his 11th win of the year, and lowered his ERA to 2.74 to go along with a 3.26 FIP and a .230/.280/.331 line against in his second major league campaign.
"Tanner just continues to pitch well for us," Matt Williams told reporters after the game.
"Does a lot of things well out there. He gave the home run to Valdespin, but other than that he pitched really well and kept us in the game and allowed us to get some opportunities."
Tonight in the nation's capital, Roark was matched up against the Baltimore Orioles for the first time in his two major league seasons in the makeup game for the rained out half of the two-game Interleague set the regional rivals started back on July 7th.
At home in D.C. before tonight, Roark was (5-4) in 10 starts with a 1.94 ERA, a 3.26 FIP, 18 walks (2.49 BB/9) and 44 Ks (6.09 K/9) in 65 IP, over which he's held visiting hitters to a combined .239/.295/.318 line.
His 11th start of the season in Nationals Park and his first career outing against the Orioles, began with a grounder back to the mound.
1st: Orioles' leadoff man Nick Markakis sent a tapper back to Tanner Roark when he rolled over a 1-1 change. Manny Machado grounded out to his counterpart at third. Adam Jones lined out to left on a 1-2 pitch to end a 12-pitch, 1-2-3 top of the first inning.
2nd: Nelson Cruz popped out to foul territory off first. Chris Davis worked a seven-pitch walk. J.J. Hardy lined one back to the mound and off Tanner Roark's heel, but he waived everyone back to the dugout when they came out to check on him. Ryan Flaherty lined the first pitch he saw to center, and Chris Davis got doubled up at second base when Denard Span caught it coming in and threw a screwball strike to the bag. 8-4 DP. 11-pitch frame for Roark.
3rd: Orioles' catcher Caleb Joseph got hold of a 1-0 fastball in the first at bat of the third and sent it sailing out to left for a solo home run that tied things up at 1-1. Kevin Gausman lined to right for out no.2. Nick Markakis grounded out to third. Manny Machado grounded to short in his two-out at bat, but Ian Desmond bobbled the ball and his E:6 put a runner on in front of Adam Jones. Jones was first-pitch swinging, however, and he sent a high fly to left where Bryce Harper caught the third out of a 13-pitch inning by Roark, who was up to 36 pitches total after three.
4th: Nelson Cruz started the O's fourth with a groundout to second. Chris Davis took a 1-2 fastball for a called strike three. J.J. Hardy stepped in with two down and lined to right for a single, but he was stranded at first when Asdrubal Cabrera made a sliding, stumbling play and throw from the right field grass to get Ryan Flaherty at first and end a 16-pitch frame by Roark, who was up to 52 pitches overall after four.
5th: Caleb Joseph grounded out to short to start the Orioles' fifth. Kevin Gausman took a called strike three for out no.2. Nick Markakis sent a fly to right and... out of the park. Solo blast on an 0-1 curve. 3-2 Nationals. Manny Machado lined out to left in the next at bat to end a 17-pitch inning by Roark, who was up to 69 pitches total after five.
6th: Orioles' outfielder Adam Jones grounded out to short. Nelson Cruz lined a sing--- nope. Denard Span charged in to make an awkward diving catch for out no.2. A swinging K from Chris Davis, ended a 15-pitch frame that left Roark at 84 pitches overall.
7th: J.J. Hardy lined a leadoff double into the left field corner in the first at bat of the O's seventh. Ryan Flaherty doubled off the GEICO wall in center on a first-pitch fastball from Roark and it was tied up at 3-3 in D.C. Caleb Joseph bunted the go-ahead run over to third in front of pinch hitter Delmon Young and he took a first-pitch slider to center for an RBI single that made it a 4-3 game. That was it for Roark...
• Tanner Roark's Line: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks, 2 HR, 107 P, 60 S, 9/1 GO/FO.
3. Gausman vs the Nats: 2012 Orioles' 1st Round pick Kevin Gausman, 23, put together a solid month of July, going (2-1) with Baltimore 4-1 in his five starts, and putting up a 3.54 ERA and a 3.25 FIP, with 10 walks (3.21 BB/9) and 20 Ks (6.43 K/9) in 28 IP, over which opposing hitters put up a .255/.322/.359 line against him.
Gausman was making his fifth start of the year on the road tonight in the nation's capital, having gone (1-1) in his previous four outings outside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
In 22 IP outside of OPACY, the second-year major leaguer put up a 2.86 ERA (vs 4.24 at home), a 2.32 FIP (vs 4.20 at home) but a .287/.351/.393 line outside of Baltimore (vs a .232/.312/.325 line at home in Maryland).
Tonight's start was the second of his career in Nationals Park, where the right-hander gave up eight hits and seven earned runs last May in his second major league start.
Nats' right fielder Jayson Werth, who earned NL Player of the Month honors for the month of July, singled through the right side with two down in the Nationals' first, and went first-to-third™ when Adam LaRoche lined a single to right in the next at bat, but Ian Desmond K'd looking at a 97 mph 0-2 fastball to end a 23-pitch frame by Gausman.
Gausman retired the first two batters he faced in the Nationals' second, but a first-pitch fastball to Nats' catcher Wilson Ramos ended up sailing over the out-of-town scoreboard for a solo blast (no.4) and a 1-0 lead after two. 12-pitch inning for Gausman, 35 total after two.
Denard Span doubled. Anthony Rendon singled. And Jayson Werth stepped in with two on and no one out in the third. Span took third on Rendon's single and scored on a sac fly to center by Werth. 2-1 Nationals. 15-pitch inning by Gausman, who was up to 50 pitches total after three.
Bryce Harper walked to start the home-half of the fourth and went first-to-third on a line drive single to right by Asdrubal Cabrera. Wilson Ramos grounded into a 6-4-3 DP, but Harper scored on the play to make it 3-1.
Gausman's 21-pitch fourth left him at 71 pitches. Denard Span singled to start the fifth, but three outs later he was stranded there at the end of a 15-pitch frame that pushed Gausman up to 86 pitches.
The Orioles' starter pitched around a two-out walk to Asdrubal Cabrera and a single by Wilson Ramos for a scoreless, 21-pitch sixth that left him at 107 pitches overall.
• Kevin Gausman's Line: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 Ks, 1 HR, 107 P, 60 S.
2. 30?: 30-year-old Nats' outfielder Denard Span's RBI single in the third inning of the series finale with the Phillies provided the only run the Nationals needed in their 4-0 win on Sunday afternoon. It also extended Span's on-base streak to 29 straight games.
It was one of two hits Span connected for, giving him 39 multi-hit games in 2014, tied for 5th in the majors with Giants' outfielder Hunter Pence behind only the Tigers' Ian Kinsler (40), the Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera and Nick Markakis (41), the Mariners' Robinson Cano (42) and the Astros' Jose Altuve (47).
"Big hit for us to give us the first one and just continues to get on base and do things," Nats' skipper Matt Williams said after the win over Philadelphia.
"Stole a base again. Battled an at bat and hit a grounder in-between third and short to start a big inning for us and just continues to play well."
Over the course of his 29-game on-base streak, Span had put up a .375/.462/.411 line with four doubles, 19 walks, 15 Ks and 10 stolen bases.
In his second at bat tonight, Span lined a first-pitch fastball to center for a leadoff double and extended his on-base streak to 30-straight games. A single by Anthony Rendon and sac fly by Jayson Werth brought Span around and made it 2-1 Nationals in the third.
1. The Wrap-Up: Ross Detwiler took over in the top of the seventh with Nick Markakis at the plate and a runner on first. Markakis singled to short left. Craig Stammen took the mound with two on and Manny Machado up. Machado lined to center to load the bases with one down. Adam Jones lined a single to center to drive in another run and make it 5-3 Orioles.
Craig Stammen came back out for the top of the eighth and gave up back-to-back singles by Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy to start the frame. One out later, with runners on second and third after a passed ball, Caleb Joseph singled to center to drive both runners in and make it 7-3 Orioles.
Brad Brach came back in the eighth with a scoreless 16-pitch frame.
Jerry Blevins retired the O's in order in the top of the top of the ninth. Darren O'Day came on to end it for the O's. 7-3 final.
Nationals now 60-50