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Jeremy Hellickson keeps rolling in Nationals’ 3-2 win over Orioles in OPACY...

Jeremy Hellickson had a 7.30 ERA in five starts and 24 2⁄3 innings pitched in Oriole Park at Camden Yards last season. But that was last season...

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BALTIMORE, MD: Jeremy Hellickson left his start, against the San Diego Padres, after 5 13 innings in which he gave up a run on five hits, when a blister that had been an issue in his previous outing was an issue again.

“His finger kind of gets soft,” Washington skipper Davey Martinez explained after the 2-1 win in Nationals Park, “... and after about five days they treat it and they get it and he’s fine, and then all of a sudden during the course of the game it does the same thing, but sometimes it’s worse than others, but when he looked in the dugout I knew exactly, he’s got that blister back.”

Martinez told this weekend that Hellickson’s finger was fine, and he would likely be able to start tonight’s game against the Baltimore Orioles in Camden Yards, where he posted a 7.30 ERA last season in five starts and 24 23 IP for the O’s.

“He’s doing fine,” Martinez said, as quoted by’s Glenn Sattell. “He’ll be ready for his next start.”

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Hellickson was on a rolling coming into the start against the Orioles, making the minor league deal he signed with the Nationals in mid-April look like a wise move by the front office in Washington.

In four May starts before tonight, the 31-year-old right-hander was (1-0) with a 0.79 ERA in 22 23 innings pitched this month, holding opposing hitters two runs on 13 hits and a combined .169/.190/.260 line, while striking out 22 of the 80 batters he faced in that stretch.

Before the start, Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez told he didn’t think the blister would be a problem.

“I think he’s good to go,” Martinez said. “He said he was fine, and he’s looking forward to going out there and competing today.”

Hellickson retired the first two batters he faced, but the third of three straight curveballs he threw to Manny Machado ended up in the left field seats for a solo homer that tied it up at 1-1 a half-inning after Bryce Harper homered for an early lead.

That was the only run Hellickson allowed through four innings.

A hit-by-pitch and single with one out in the Orioles’ fifth set Adam Jones up with an RBI opportunity he cashed in, however, lining an RBI double to left-center to drive in one, 3-2, but the trail runner (Jace Peterson) tried to score as well and was thrown out on a perfect 7-6-2 relay that ended the O’s half of the frame.

Jeremy Hellickson’s Line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 Ks, 1 HR, 81 P, 48 S, 4/1 GO/FO.

Justin Miller, Sammy Solis, Brandon Kintzler, and Sean Doolittle followed Hellickson on the hill in Baltimore, holding the O’s to three hits total over four scoreless frames.

“He was good,” Martinez said when asked about Hellickson’s outing after the 3-2 win, which was the ninth straight on the road for the Nationals.

“[Hellickson] got us through five innings and our bullpen was rested so the bullpen got it done tonight.”

The Nationals went 1 for 12 on the night with nine left on base, in what ended up a one-run win, and Martinez admitted that he worried all the missed opportunities might come back to haunt his team.

“You always think that when you have so many chances to score runs and you can’t,” he said.

“But like I said, the bullpen held their own today, they did really well, and Hellickson kept us in the game.

“I tell them every night, one more than the other guys and we’ll be fine, so that worked today.”

Hellickson said he’s had something to prove in all of his outings this season, after he waited until late March for someone to offer him a deal before he signed on in D.C., but especially in Oriole Park.

“I just had a little bit of motivation the way the offseason played out,” Hellickson explained.

“I would have liked to pitch a little better last year [with the Orioles]. I enjoyed my time there. It’s a good clubhouse.”

Hellickson’s teammates are happy he chose to sign with the Nationals, for whom he’s now (2-0) with a 2.30 ERA, a 3.30 FIP, six walks (1.26 BB/9), and 34 Ks (7.12 K/9) in 43 innings.

“He has been great,” Bryce Harper said, after he homered and went 3 for 4 in the win.

“We got him late [in Spring Training]. He is doing it all for us. He is doing his job. I think our bullpen came in and threw great. Big game for us right there. We just have to keep going.”

The win was the second straight over the Orioles, and the ninth straight for the Nationals on the road.