Orioles weather long rain delay in 3-0 win over Nationals

WASHINGTON (AP) The rain was heavy and relentless. As the puddles grew deeper on the tarp at Nationals Park, the Baltimore Orioles were left to wonder if their bid for a rare road victory would be thwarted by, of all things, the weather.

During a season in which very little has worked in their favor, the Orioles withstood a long rain delay to beat the Washington Nationals 3-0 Wednesday night.

Baltimore led 2-0 after four innings when play was stopped. After a wait of 2 hours, 43 minutes, the game resumed with a few hundred fans from the announced crowd of 32,153 sprinkled around the lower seating bowl.

Mark Trumbo homered for Baltimore, and Andrew Cashner and four relievers combined on a five-hitter in a game that ended long after midnight.

''It was nice,'' Trumbo said. ''I'm glad that we actually kept the game going. Had we not been able to, it might have been a wash. But it ended up being pretty big for us.''

Baltimore ended a six-game losing streak to Washington that began last May, won for only the fourth time in 20 games and improved the majors' worst road record to 10-28.

This one was worth the wait.

''It's never easy, especially when you get over the hour mark, two-hour mark,'' Trumbo said. ''Then you have to restart. It's almost two games in one, so, great job by our guys tonight.''

The Nationals managed only two hits following the delay, both in the ninth inning.

''It happens. You can't do anything about the rain,'' manager Dave Martinez said. ''You've got to come out and get yourself ready to play. I'm not going to make any excuses.''

The rain delay cut short a solid pitching performance by Cashner, who allowed three hits and no walks over four innings in his return from an 11-day stay on the disabled list with back spasms.

Miguel Castro (2-2) followed with two hitless innings, Darren O'Day pitched a perfect seventh and Zach Britton got four outs.

Brad Brach allowed the Nationals to load the bases with two outs in the ninth before striking out Mark Reynolds .

Trumbo hit a two-run homer in the second inning off Gio Gonzalez (6-4), and for a while it appeared the drive would be washed out by the rain.

''One pitch. That was the whole game,'' Gonzalez lamented. ''That was it.''

Indeed, it all ended well for the Orioles, who added a run in the sixth when Adam Jones doubled off Shawn Kelley and scored on a sacrifice fly by Danny Valencia .

BRYCE STRUGGLES

Nationals OF Bryce Harper went 0 for 4, dropping his batting average to .209.

Martinez said Harper has been working hard with batting coach Kevin Long, and the manager expects the five-time All-Star to end his prolonged slump with a flourish.

''He's going to hit. I know he's going to carry us for a month or two or for whatever,'' Martinez said.

WAITING FOR DAVIS

Now in the third year of a seven-year, $161 million contract, Baltimore's Chris Davis is batting .150 with four homers and 15 RBIs in 57 games. He last played on June 11, when he went 0 for 5 with three strikeouts against Boston.

Since then, Davis has been working on his swing and improving his mental outlook. His return appears imminent.

''A couple of days,'' manager Buck Showalter said. ''We're pretty close to it.''

OH, BROTHER

With Cashner coming off the DL, the Orioles optioned infielder Corban Joseph to Double-A Bowie. That ended the 24-hour, feel-good story of Corban and catcher Caleb Joseph as brothers on the same team.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: 3B Tim Beckham (core surgery) went 1 for 4 with 3 strikeouts in a rehab game with Triple-A Norfolk. ... RHP Chris Tillman (back) began his rehab assignment by giving up three runs in two innings for Class A Aberdeen.

Nationals: Martinez said patience is the key in awaiting the return of RHP Stephen Strasburg (shoulder). ''We're really going to take our time and make sure he's 100 percent,'' the manager said. ... 1B Ryan Zimmerman (oblique) is taking grounders and some swings. ... C Matt Wieters (oblique) caught in the bullpen but is not yet running at full speed.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Kevin Gausman (3-6, 4.48 ERA) pitches the finale of the three-game series Wednesday night.

Nationals: Max Scherzer (10-3, 2.06) tries to avoid his first three-game losing streak since August 2015.

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  • W: M. Castro (2-2)L: G. Gonzalez (6-4)
  • HR: BAL - M. Trumbo (5)
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  • a-struck out for Castro in the 7th
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M. Reynolds 1B20000023.253.305.507.812-1.0
  • a-singled for Collins in the 9th
  • b-walked for Severino in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Jones (17), D. Valencia (7)
  • 3B - C. Gentry (2)
  • HR - M. Trumbo (5)
  • SF - D. Valencia (3)
  • RBI - D. Valencia (18), M. Trumbo 2 (15)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Soto (6), A. Rendon (19)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Valencia
FIELDING
  • DP - (Trumbo-Machado)
  • E - M. Machado (7)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Gonzalez-Difo-Murphy)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Cashner4.03000204.721.6410.0
M. Castro (W, 2-2)2.00002202.681.4012.0
D. O'Day (H, 4)1.00000202.950.824.0
Z. Britton (H, 1)1.10001200.001.153.0
B. Brach0.22001103.491.76-2.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Cashner4.0
M. Castro (W, 2-2)2.0
D. O'Day (H, 4)1.0
Z. Britton (H, 1)1.1
B. Brach0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez (L, 6-4)4.05220213.081.351.0
S. Kelley2.01110404.151.046.0
M. Grace2.01000203.001.006.0
T. Collins1.01000000.001.142.0
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez (L, 6-4)4.0
S. Kelley2.0
M. Grace2.0
T. Collins1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 62-38, M. Castro 31-17, D. O'Day 18-13, Z. Britton 24-13, B. Brach 19-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 6-3, M. Castro 2-3, Z. Britton 1-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 14, M. Castro 9, D. O'Day 3, Z. Britton 5, B. Brach 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 49-31, S. Kelley 30-24, M. Grace 25-18, T. Collins 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 7-2, M. Grace 1-3, T. Collins 2-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 16, S. Kelley 7, M. Grace 7, T. Collins 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Schoop 2B41100012.213.261.370.6311.5
M. Trumbo 1B31121011.262.318.434.7536.5
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  • a-struck out for Castro in the 7th
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A. Rendon 3B30200101.283.358.470.8284.0
B. Harper CF40000005.209.347.462.8100.0
D. Murphy 1B30000003.107.138.143.2810.0
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T. Collins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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T. Turner SS40100010.266.348.405.7530.5
W. Difo 2B40000003.239.301.340.6410.0
P. Severino C30000021.184.284.234.518-1.0
b- B. Goodwin PH00000100.182.315.273.5881.0
G. Gonzalez P10000010.040.040.040.080-0.5
S. Kelley P10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
M. Reynolds 1B20000023.253.305.507.812-1.0
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  • a-singled for Collins in the 9th
  • b-walked for Severino in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Jones (17), D. Valencia (7)
  • 3B - C. Gentry (2)
  • HR - M. Trumbo (5)
  • SF - D. Valencia (3)
  • RBI - D. Valencia (18), M. Trumbo 2 (15)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Soto (6), A. Rendon (19)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Valencia
FIELDING
  • DP - (Trumbo-Machado)
  • E - M. Machado (7)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Gonzalez-Difo-Murphy)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Cashner4.03000204.721.6410.0
M. Castro (W, 2-2)2.00002202.681.4012.0
D. O'Day (H, 4)1.00000202.950.824.0
Z. Britton (H, 1)1.10001200.001.153.0
B. Brach0.22001103.491.76-2.5
Total9.0500490---
PITCHERSIP
A. Cashner4.0
M. Castro (W, 2-2)2.0
D. O'Day (H, 4)1.0
Z. Britton (H, 1)1.1
B. Brach0.2
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez (L, 6-4)4.05220213.081.351.0
S. Kelley2.01110404.151.046.0
M. Grace2.01000203.001.006.0
T. Collins1.01000000.001.142.0
Total9.0833081---
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez (L, 6-4)4.0
S. Kelley2.0
M. Grace2.0
T. Collins1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 62-38, M. Castro 31-17, D. O'Day 18-13, Z. Britton 24-13, B. Brach 19-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 6-3, M. Castro 2-3, Z. Britton 1-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 14, M. Castro 9, D. O'Day 3, Z. Britton 5, B. Brach 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 49-31, S. Kelley 30-24, M. Grace 25-18, T. Collins 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 7-2, M. Grace 1-3, T. Collins 2-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 16, S. Kelley 7, M. Grace 7, T. Collins 4
  • 6TH INNING
    Valencia hit sacrifice fly to center, Jones scored30
  • 2ND INNING
    Trumbo homered to left, Schoop scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Tim Collins relieved Matt Grace
    • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Ball, Valencia singled to center
    • J. Schoop: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Valencia stole second, Schoop grounded out to third
    • J. Peterson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Peterson grounded out to third
    • C. Joseph: Joseph flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Britton Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Harper lined out to first
    • Brad Brach pitching
    • Steve Wilkerson at third base
    • Michael Taylor hit for Tim Collins
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Taylor singled to left center
    • T. Turner: Turner singled to right, Taylor to second
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Difo lined out to second
    • Brian Goodwin hit for Pedro Severino
    • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Goodwin walked, Taylor to third, Turner to second
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Reynolds struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • M. Grace Pitching:
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Mancini grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Jones: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
    • M. Machado: Strike looking, Machado flied out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Zach Britton pitching
    • Jace Peterson at third base
    • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Eaton walked
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Rendon grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Eaton out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Matt Grace pitching
    • Mark Reynolds at first base
    • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Trumbo lined out to center
    • C. Joseph: Strike looking, Joseph flied out to left
    • C. Gentry: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gentry tripled to deep right center
    • Joey Rickard hit for Miguel Castro
    • J. Rickard: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Rickard struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Darren O'Day pitching
    • T. Turner: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Difo flied out to center
    • P. Severino: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Severino struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Kelley Pitching:
    • A. Jones: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Jones doubled to left center
    • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Machado flied out to deep center, Jones to third
    • D. Valencia: Foul, Valencia hit sacrifice fly to center, Jones scored
    • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Castro Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Eaton popped out to second
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto walked
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rendon walked, Soto to second
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Harper popped out to shortstop
    • D. Murphy: Murphy grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Shawn Kelley relieved Gio Gonzalez
    • C. Gentry: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gentry struck out swinging
    • A. Cashner: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Cashner struck out swinging
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Miguel Castro relieved Andrew Cashner
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Turner safe at first on shortstop Machado fielding error
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Difo fouled out to first
    • P. Severino: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Severino struck out swinging
    • S. Kelley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kelley struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • D. Valencia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Valencia doubled to deep left
    • J. Schoop: Ball, Schoop flied out to left
    • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Trumbo struck out looking
    • C. Joseph: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Joseph lined out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cashner Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Soto grounded out to second
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Rendon doubled to shallow right
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Harper lined out to left
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Murphy grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Mancini grounded out to third
    • A. Jones: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Jones singled to left
    • M. Machado: Ball, Machado grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Jones out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cashner Pitching:
    • P. Severino: Severino grounded out to third
    • G. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • J. Schoop: Schoop reached on bunt single to pitcher
    • M. Trumbo: Ball, Trumbo homered to left, Schoop scored
    • C. Joseph: Strike looking, Joseph grounded out to second
    • C. Gentry: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gentry grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Cashner: Cashner grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cashner Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Murphy lined out to center
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner grounded out to second
    • W. Difo: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Difo lined out to left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
    • A. Jones: Jones grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Machado singled to right center
    • D. Valencia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Valencia grounded into fielder's choice to third, Machado out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cashner Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Eaton grounded out to first
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soto doubled to deep left
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rendon singled to left, Soto to third
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Harper grounded into double play first to shortstop, Rendon out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)