Washington at Baltimore

W: T. Williams (2-3) L: C. Cordero (2-3)
HR: WAS - None   BAL - R. Hernandez (13)

Orioles 3, Nationals 2

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

BALTIMORE -- After enduring two rain delays totaling nearly three hours, the last thing Ramon Hernandez wanted to do was put on his catcher's gear in the 10th inning.

So he made certain the game didn't get that far.

Hernandez singled in the winning run with two outs in the ninth, giving the Baltimore Orioles a 3-2 victory over the punchless Washington Nationals on Saturday.

"It was a long day. It's good to come out on top," Orioles starter Adam Loewen said. "You lose, and it feels like a waste of time."

The end came close to six hours after the first pitch, and only five minutes after play resumed following a stoppage of 2 hours, 18 minutes.

The game was halted a second time with the Orioles ready to bat in the ninth.

When the tarp was finally removed, Chad Cordero (2-3) walked Luis Matos. After a sacrifice by Brian Roberts and an intentional walk to Melvin Mora, Miguel Tejada hit a fly ball to left. Hernandez then hit a liner between short and third, and Matos scored without a throw.

"Everybody was tired and stiff," said Hernandez, who also homered. "I know one thing: I didn't want to go back to catch. I got lucky, I hit it where nobody was playing."

By game's end, only a few hundred people were left from the crowd of 36,920.

Javy Lopez got three hits for Baltimore, including the 1,500th of his career. The milestone hit came in the eighth, the second straight inning in which the Orioles failed to score after loading the bases.

Todd Williams (2-3) pitched two scoreless innings for Baltimore.

Jose Vidro had two hits and scored a run for the Nationals, who got only one hit after the third inning and lost their fifth straight. Washington went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position after going 0-for-8 Friday night in a 2-1 defeat.

"We're just not clicking right now," Nationals manager Frank Robinson said. "We're not clicking on any cylinders, and I really don't know why."

Robinson was miffed at Cordero for walking Matos, which set up the chain of events that led to yet another one-run loss -- the 12th this season for Washington.

"We've been talking about it all year. You dig a hole for yourself and you're going to get buried," Robinson said.

Rain interrupted play for 26 minutes in the top of the seventh after Orioles reliever Chris Britton walked Vidro and Royce Clayton with two outs. When play resumed, Kurt Birkins struck out Nick Johnson, back in the lineup after missing a week with a lower back strain.

In the bottom half, the Orioles loaded the bases with two outs against Jon Rauch before Tejada grounded out.

Baltimore filled the bases with one out in the eighth, but Jeff Conine hit into a double play.

Loewen needed 104 pitches to get through five innings. The rookie gave up two runs and four hits, walked six and struck out five.

It was Loewen's fifth start, the first in which he did not face a former Cy Young winner. In his previous outings, the left-hander went up against Randy Johnson, Tom Glavine and Roy Halladay - twice.

The opposing pitcher this time was Michael O'Connor, who gave up two runs and six hits in six innings.

"He was fine. It was a real good performance," Robinson said.

After Hernandez hit his 13th home run leading off the second inning, Washington went up 2-1 in the third. Clayton drove in a run with a groundout before Ryan Zimmerman ended an 0-for-16 run with a two-out RBI double. Jose Guillen then grounded out with runners on second and third.

The Orioles pulled even in the fifth when Conine singled, took third on a double by Matos and scored on a single by Roberts.


Hernandez's 13 homers are one more than he hit all last year with San Diego. ... O'Connor has only one win in his last nine starts despite posting a 3.81 ERA. ... Britton has allowed runs in only four of 22 outings. ... Zimmerman's third-inning double was his first hit since a walkoff homer on Sunday against the Yankees.

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Players of the Game

R. Hernandez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

J. Vidro
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Wednesday's MLB winners and losers (0:41)
Washington Nationals
Alfonso Soriano, LF4100111 .278
Jose Vidro, 2B4120101 .304
Royce Clayton, SS3011100 .263
Nick Johnson, 1B2000224 .310
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3011103 .271
Jose Guillen, RF4000013 .210
Matt LeCroy, DH2000120 .226
   a- Daryle Ward, PH-DH1000000 .298
Brian Schneider, C2010200 .234
Marlon Byrd, CF3000012 .227
   b- Marlon Anderson, PH0000000 .235
    Damian Jackson, CF0000000 .231
a-grounded out for LeCroy in the 8th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Byrd in the 9th
2B - Jose Vidro (10, Loewen), Ryan Zimmerman (21, Loewen)
SH - Marlon Anderson (2)
RBI - Royce Clayton (18), Ryan Zimmerman (47)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (12)
CS - Brian Schneider (1, 2nd base by Loewen/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Zimmerman-Vidro-N. Johnson, Zimmerman-N. Johnson
E - Nick Johnson (5, )
Washington Nationals
Michael O'Connor 6622101 3.39
Jon Rauch 1200110 3.02
Gary Majewski 1100200 3.61
Chad Cordero (L,2-3) 0.2111200 3.34
IBB - Mora by Chad Cordero
Pitches-Strikes - Michael O'Connor 80-50, Jon Rauch 25-15, Gary Majewski 22-10, Chad Cordero 19-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Michael O'Connor 7-10, Jon Rauch 2-0, Gary Majewski 2-0, Chad Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Michael O'Connor 24, Jon Rauch 6, Gary Majewski 5, Chad Cordero 5
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B3011101 .310
Melvin Mora, 3B4010103 .289
Miguel Tejada, SS5000007 .313
Ramon Hernandez, C4122100 .285
Javy Lopez, DH4030000 .282
    Ed Rogers, PR-DH0000000 .250
Kevin Millar, 1B3000002 .236
   a- Brandon Fahey, PH-LF1000002 .261
Corey Patterson, CF3000100 .286
Jeff Conine, LF-1B3120101 .233
Luis Matos, RF3110112 .208
a-hit into fielder's choice-bunting for Millar in the 8th
2B - Luis Matos (7, O'Connor)
HR - Ramon Hernandez (13, O'Connor)
SH - Brian Roberts (4)
RBI - Brian Roberts (27), Ramon Hernandez 2 (53)
2-OUT RBI - Ramon Hernandez (22)
SB - Brian Roberts (18, 2nd base off O'Connor/Schneider)
Team LOB - 11
DP - Tejada-B. Roberts-Millar
Baltimore Orioles
Adam Loewen 5422650 7.12
Chris Britton 1.2000210 2.81
Kurt Birkins 0.1000010 1.23
Todd Williams (W,2-3) 2100100 4.34
WP - Adam Loewen (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Loewen 104-59, Chris Britton 31-18, Kurt Birkins 5-3, Todd Williams 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Loewen 7-1, Todd Williams 5-0
Batters Faced - Adam Loewen 23, Chris Britton 7, Kurt Birkins 1, Todd Williams 7
Game Information
Attendance - 36290
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Jerry Meals