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Dunn smacks two homers, including go-ahead slam, to power Nats

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WASHINGTON -- Adam Dunn found the perfect way to foil the lefty-lefty matchup when the Orioles summoned a southpaw to face him.

He hit a drive into the Baltimore bullpen.

Dunn launched two home runs, including a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning, for a career-high six RBI and the Washington Nationals rallied for an 8-5 victory over the Orioles on Sunday.

"[Dunn] showed today the difference that he makes in our lineup and how much we needed him over here," Nationals manager Manny Acta said.

With Washington trailing 5-4, pinch-hitter Anderson Hernandez led off the seventh with a single against Chris Ray (0-1). Willie Harris singled, Cristian Guzman sacrificed and Ryan Zimmerman was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Jamie Walker relieved, and Dunn fouled off a 2-2 slider before hitting a shot to left field for his 10th career grand slam. It was his 14th home run this season.

"I was just trying to not pull off and hit into a double play," Dunn said. "In that situation, with a one-run lead and with as many ground balls as I've been hitting, I think they were probably playing the percentages. I can see why they do it, but it's kind of a pride deal and I don't like it."

To get to Dunn, the Nationals willingly sacrificed a .349 hitter in Guzman to move two runners into scoring position and didn't worry when Zimmerman, who was batting .348, was walked.

"If they're going to walk Zimmerman, good. Let them pitch to Dunn. That's something we haven't had here in the past," Acta said.

Orioles manager Dave Trembley defended the decision to have Walker -- who had allowed left-handed batters to hit him at a .368 clip -- face Dunn.

"That was going to be Walker's guy. ... I thought we had one opportunity in the matchup and that was it," Trembley said.

Said Walker: "[Dunn] did what he's supposed to do. I made one bad pitch that cost us the game, and that's the life of a reliever. It's frustrating. We lost the game. If I get him out, punch him out, there's two outs and anything can happen. So it changes the game."

Ron Villone (2-0) worked a scoreless seventh for the victory. Joe Beimel pitched the eighth and Joel Hanrahan got the final three outs for his fifth save.

Zimmerman singled leading off the sixth, extending his streak of consecutive games reaching base safely to 42 -- matching the franchise single-season mark established by Tim Raines for Montreal in 1986. The overall franchise record is 46, set by Montreal's Rusty Staub in 1969-70.

Adam Jones homered for the Orioles, who finished a 10-game road trip with a 4-6 record.

The Nationals were 2-8 on a 10-game homestand.

The Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the third. Pitcher Brad Bergesen singled for his first major league hit, Brian Roberts walked and Nick Markakis tripled to the wall in left-center.

Aubrey Huff's RBI single made it 3-0 in the fifth. Austin Kearns and Wil Nieves hit consecutive doubles in the bottom half and pitcher Shairon Martis had an RBI single, pulling the Nationals within 3-2.

Dunn followed Zimmerman's single in the sixth with a two-run shot for a 4-3 lead.

Jones connected in the seventh for his career-high 10th homer, giving the Orioles a 5-4 edge.

Bergesen went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. He walked none and struck out two. Martis allowed five runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out two.

Notes

  • Dunn has two multihomer games this season.
  • 1B Nick Johnson was a late scratch from the Washington lineup with a stomach ailment.
  • Nationals OF Elijah Dukes, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, ran in the outfield before Sunday's game and will report to the team's spring training facility in Viera, Fla., on Monday to continue his rehabilitation.
  • Baltimore OF Luke Scott, on the 15-day DL with a left shoulder strain, will begin a rehabilitation assignment with Single-A Delmarva on Monday. He will play left field Monday and serve as the Shorebirds' designated hitter Tuesday.
 
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An appreciative crowd awaits Adam Dunn after he punishes the Orioles with a grand slam in the 7th.   (AP)
An appreciative crowd awaits Adam Dunn after he punishes the Orioles with a grand slam in the 7th. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

A. Dunn
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 6
Baltimore

A. Jones
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4210103 .291
Adam Jones, CF4212012 .359
Nick Markakis, RF5012011 .310
Aubrey Huff, 1B4021101 .266
Ty Wigginton, 3B4000003 .215
Nolan Reimold, LF3000112 .256
    Jamie Walker, P0000000 .000
    Mark Hendrickson, P0000000 .000
Chad Moeller, C4010003 .208
Robert Andino, SS3000110 .194
Brad Bergesen, P3110000 .333
    Chris Ray, P0000000 .000
    Felix Pie, LF1000010 .190
Totals3557545  
Batting
2B - Aubrey Huff (12, Martis), Chad Moeller (3, Martis)
3B - Nick Markakis (1, Martis)
HR - Adam Jones (10, Martis)
RBI - Adam Jones 2 (32), Nick Markakis 2 (38), Aubrey Huff (36)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Markakis 2 (11)
SB - Adam Jones (4, 2nd base off Martis/Nieves)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Andino-B. Roberts-Huff
E - Adam Jones (4, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
Brad Bergesen 5.2844021 5.49
Chris Ray (L,0-1) 0.2233100 10.13
Jamie Walker (BS,1) 0.2111001 4.50
Mark Hendrickson 1100020 5.56
IBB - Zimmerman by Chris Ray
HBP - Harris (by Brad Bergesen)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Bergesen 89-57, Chris Ray 14-7, Jamie Walker 10-7, Mark Hendrickson 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Bergesen 8-6, Chris Ray 2-0, Jamie Walker 1-1, Mark Hendrickson 1-0
Batters Faced - Brad Bergesen 25, Chris Ray 5, Jamie Walker 3, Mark Hendrickson 4
Washington Nationals
Willie Harris, CF4120002 .279
Cristian Guzman, SS3000013 .349
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3210101 .348
Adam Dunn, 1B4226001 .284
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
Josh Willingham, LF4010000 .215
Ronnie Belliard, 2B-1B4000011 .172
Austin Kearns, RF4120011 .223
Wil Nieves, C4121001 .283
Shairon Martis, P2011000 .278
    Ron Villone, P0000000 .000
   a- Anderson Hernandez, PH-2B2110011 .284
Totals34812814  
a-singled for Villone in the 7th
Batting
2B - Willie Harris (4, Bergesen), Austin Kearns (6, Bergesen), Wil Nieves (2, Bergesen)
HR - Adam Dunn 2 (14, Bergesen, Walker)
SH - Cristian Guzman (2)
RBI - Adam Dunn 6 (39), Wil Nieves (5), Shairon Martis (2)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Cristian Guzman (6, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
Shairon Martis 6755221 4.86
Ron Villone (W,2-0) 1000200 0.00
Joe Beimel (H,7) 1000010 5.00
Joel Hanrahan (S,5) 1000020 5.91
IBB - Andino by Shairon Martis
HBP - Jones (by Shairon Martis)
Pitches-Strikes - Shairon Martis 89-52, Ron Villone 19-9, Joe Beimel 9-7, Joel Hanrahan 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shairon Martis 6-11, Joel Hanrahan 1-0
Batters Faced - Shairon Martis 29, Ron Villone 5, Joe Beimel 3, Joel Hanrahan 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30880
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Tim Welke