Washington at Baltimore

W: A. Simon (2-1) L: T. Clippard (8-4)
HR: WAS - None   BAL - S. Moore (2)

Orioles complete six-run rally on Nats' throwing error in ninth

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BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles certainly deserve credit for their biggest comeback of the season.

And most definitely, the Washington Nationals warrant much of the blame for allowing it to happen.

After rallying from a six-run deficit, the Orioles beat the Nationals 7-6 Friday night when pinch-runner Jake Fox scored the winning run in the ninth inning on a throwing error by Cristian Guzman.

Baltimore trailed 6-0 in the fifth inning and 6-3 in the eighth before coming back. Baltimore took full advantage of Washington's season-high four errors -- none more damaging than the last.

"It's not football. I can't put a defensive team and an offensive team out there," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. "It's the major leagues and we have to play major league defense."

Matt Wieters drew a one-out walk from Tyler Clippard (8-4) in the ninth and moved to second on a single by Scott Moore. Fox then ran for Wieters, and Matt Capps entered to face Julio Lugo.

Lugo hit a potential double-play grounder to shortstop Ian Desmond. After Guzman took the throw at second, his relay bounced past first baseman Adam Dunn.

Before Dunn could chase down the errant throw, Fox raced home.

Baltimore's first three runs were also unearned. Two errors by Desmond in the fifth inning helped the Orioles close to 6-3, and by the eighth inning the game was tied.

"We had 10 different ways to win that game," Desmond said. "We lost it 10 different ways."

Alfredo Simon (2-1) worked the ninth for the Orioles, who have won two straight for the first time since mid-May.

"It wasn't looking good for us early on," left fielder Corey Patterson said. "I think there were a lot of heroes in this game. Pick one."

How about Moore? Not only did his ninth-inning single set up the winning run, but his two-run, pinch-hit homer in the eighth got the Orioles to 6-5. Before that hit, he was 1 for 17 with 10 strikeouts in his career as a pinch hitter.

"Pinch-hitting is tough; to come off the bench cold," said Nick Markakis, who had three hits. "To do what he did, I think that was the turning point in the game."

In the eighth, Wieters drew a leadoff walk and Moore homered on a 3-1 pitch from Clippard, the first home run allowed by the Nationals in 73 innings. One out later, Cesar Izturis doubled and scored on a single by Patterson.

"I felt like I let us down in a big way tonight," Clippard said. "It's tough to swallow."

Washington's Nyjer Morgan got four hits, scored three runs and reached high above the center-field wall to make a sensational catch. But that -- and Dunn's four RBI -- weren't enough to prevent the Nationals from losing for the 18th time in their past 22 road games.

Morgan singled and scored in both the first and third innings, doubled and scored in the fourth and singled in the sixth. The four hits tied a career high, and he also stole a base.

But his finest moment came in the field, when he robbed Patterson of a home run in the third inning. Morgan jumped from the warning track, planted his foot on the padded barrier and reached far over the 7-foot wall to snag the ball as a fan reached down in a bid to make it his own.

When Morgan pulled the ball from his glove and threw it back to the infield, Patterson took off his batting helmet, tipped it in the outfielder's direction and smiled. Nationals starter J.D. Martin thrust his arms upward and roared his approval.

"Definitely a nice catch," Morgan said, "but the game hurt."

The Nationals built their early lead by scoring an unearned run off Jake Arrieta in the first inning and adding two runs in the third on a sacrifice fly by Dunn and an RBI single by Ivan Rodriguez.

Washington made it 6-0 in the fourth. After Morgan hit an RBI double, Ryan Zimmerman walked and Dunn doubled in two runs.

The opener of an interleague series dubbed "The Battle of the Beltways" drew 43,484 fans at Camden Yards.


  • Orioles INF Ty Wigginton missed the game with a tight back.
  • Nationals LF Willie Harris ended an 0-for-20 streak with a bunt single in the second.
  • Baltimore interim manager Juan Samuel said OF Lou Montanez has a strained oblique muscle and will probably be placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. The club has to make room for RHP Brad Bergesen, who will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to start against Washington. RHP Koji Uehara (forearm) will not be activated until at least Sunday, Samuel said.
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Adam Dunn can't handle the throw at first which leads to the Orioles scoring the winning run. (AP)
Adam Dunn can't handle the throw at first which leads to the Orioles scoring the winning run. (AP)

Players of the Game

S. Moore
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 1

N. Morgan
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 0

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June 22, 2017
Wednesday's MLB winners and losers (0:41)
Washington Nationals
Nyjer Morgan, CF5341000 .255
Cristian Guzman, 2B3100101 .300
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5120014 .289
Adam Dunn, 1B4014022 .278
Josh Willingham, DH5020012 .273
Ivan Rodriguez, C4011101 .312
Mike Morse, RF4010003 .378
    Roger Bernadina, PR-RF1000002 .282
Willie Harris, LF4010012 .155
Ian Desmond, SS3100102 .248
2B - Nyjer Morgan (11, Arrieta), Adam Dunn (21, Arrieta)
SF - Adam Dunn (2)
RBI - Nyjer Morgan (11), Adam Dunn 4 (45), Ivan Rodriguez (22)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn 2 (10), Ivan Rodriguez (10)
SB - Nyjer Morgan (16, 2nd base off Arrieta/Wieters), Josh Willingham (7, 2nd base off Simon/Wieters), Ian Desmond (5, 2nd base off Arrieta/Wieters)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Desmond-Guzman-Dunn, Zimmerman-Rodriguez-Dunn, Zimmerman-Guzman-Dunn
E - Ian Desmond 2 (18, Misplayed grounder), Cristian Guzman 2 (9, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
J.D. Martin 4.1630120 3.03
Doug Slaten 0.1000010 2.57
Miguel Batista 1100100 4.12
Sean Burnett0100000 2.52
Drew Storen (H,6) 1.1100010 1.93
Tyler Clippard (BS,6; L,8-4) 1.1443301 2.11
Matt Capps 0.1000000 3.48
IBB - Markakis by Tyler Clippard
WP - J.D. Martin (1)
Pitches-Strikes - J.D. Martin 80-52, Doug Slaten 5-3, Miguel Batista 19-12, Sean Burnett 5-3, Drew Storen 15-11, Tyler Clippard 43-21, Matt Capps 2-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.D. Martin 4-8, Miguel Batista 2-1, Drew Storen 1-1, Matt Capps 1-0
Batters Faced - J.D. Martin 21, Doug Slaten 1, Miguel Batista 5, Sean Burnett 1, Drew Storen 4, Tyler Clippard 11, Matt Capps 1
Baltimore Orioles
Corey Patterson, LF4131100 .268
Miguel Tejada, 3B4001024 .278
Nick Markakis, RF4030100 .307
Luke Scott, DH5010017 .271
Adam Jones, CF5011001 .271
Matt Wieters, C3110212 .227
    Jake Fox, PR0100000 .212
Garrett Atkins, 1B3000001 .214
   a- Scott Moore, PH-1B2122000 .271
Julio Lugo, 2B4100102 .236
Cesar Izturis, SS4220000 .230
a-homered for Atkins in the 8th
2B - Cesar Izturis (6, Clippard)
HR - Scott Moore (2, Clippard)
SF - Miguel Tejada (3)
RBI - Corey Patterson (10), Miguel Tejada (28), Adam Jones (31), Scott Moore 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Jones (13)
SB - Corey Patterson 2 (12, 2nd base off Storen/Rodriguez, 2nd base off Clippard/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 11
E - Matt Wieters (3, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
Jake Arrieta 4.1865320 6.20
Mark Hendrickson 1.2100020 5.79
Frank Mata 1.1100000 5.25
Will Ohman 0.2000000 3.13
Alfredo Simon (W,2-1) 1200010 3.71
HBP - Guzman (by Jake Arrieta)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Arrieta 95-60, Mark Hendrickson 24-17, Frank Mata 19-10, Will Ohman 10-5, Alfredo Simon 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Arrieta 6-5, Mark Hendrickson 3-0, Frank Mata 1-3, Will Ohman 2-0, Alfredo Simon 1-1
Batters Faced - Jake Arrieta 25, Mark Hendrickson 6, Frank Mata 5, Will Ohman 2, Alfredo Simon 5
Game Information
Attendance - 43484
Game Time - 3:53
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez