Written by Chris Slade
The Orioles traveled to D.C. tonight to make up a postponed game from July 8th. Kevin Gausman and Tanner Roark made the start for their respective teams. The Nats got an early 1-0 lead on a Wilson Ramos home run but the Orioles tied it up when Caleb Joseph responded with a solo bomb of his own. A Jayson Werth sac fly and Wilson Ramos RBI groundout put the Nats up 3-1. Nick Markakis homered in the 5th and Ryan Flaherty hit a game-tying RBI double in the 7th. Delmon Young and Adam Jones followed with RBI singles and Joseph came trhough again with a two-run double in the 8th to put the Birds up 7-3.
Kevin Gausman wasn't at his best command-wise tonight, especially early on in the game, but he settled in to give the Orioles six innings and pitch a quality start. He alllowed two singles in the first inning but came up with a big strikeout to end the inning. Wilson Ramos came up with his 4th home run against Gausman in the 2nd. Gausman allowed a leadoff double and single in the 3nd, with two runs coming across on a sac fly and groundout. He allowed a leadoff walk and single in the 4th, once again asking for trouble. But, a key double play erased that worry and then he easily retired Tanner Roark on a grounder to end the inning. After allowing a leadoff single in the 5th, Gausman retired the next three via flyout. He allowed a walk and a single in the 6th but managed to escape with no further runs scored. As you may surmise, this was a pretty unimpressive quality start but still technically a quality start that kept the Orioles in the game. The bats took care of the rest after Gausman left and he picked up a win.
Final Line: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, Win
Brad Brach pitched the 7th and 8th innings and continued his recent roll of dominace, setting down all six he faced while striking out a pair.
Darren O'Day worked the 9th and retired the side in order. The final pitch of the game resulted in a swinging strikeout of Danny Espinosa on a high fastball.
The bats finally broke out of their recent slump, collecting 14 hits on the night while scoring 7 runs. They were down twice in this game but broke a 3-3 tie for good with a 5-run outburst over the 7th and 8th innings.
J.J. Hardy led off the 7th with a double and Ryan Flaherty tied the game up with a double of his own. Delmon Young pinch hit for Kevin Gausman and drove in the go-ahead run. Adam Jones later plated a run with a two out single.
Chris Davis and Hardy lef off the 8th with singles and both moved up a base on a passed ball. Caleb Joseph then plated them both with a single up the middle.
Hardy had a big 4-for-4 night and scored twice.
Joseph continued his recent tear with a 2-for-3 night and three runs driven in.
Nick Markakis finished 2-for-5 and hit his 10th home run of the season in the 5th.
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
The Orioles played an error free game tonight and turned a key double play in the 4th inning to help Gausman out with the damage control in his outing.
Key Moments In The Game
Damage control was key for Kevin Gausman tonight. After the Nats went up 3-1 in the 3rd inning and continued to put runners on the next three innings, Gausman buckled down and came up with key outs to prevent the Nats from putting up a crookec number.
The bats finally broke through against Roark in the 7th, with the biggest hit of the came coming from Delmon Young, the master pinch hitter. His single put the O's up 4-3 and they never looked back from there.
Other Notes/ Musings
Caleb Joseph is now 11-for-30 (.366) over his last 9 games with two homers.
Why is Delmon Young a master pinch hitter? He's now 9-for-17 in such situations this season with two doubles, a HR, and 4 RBI's.
This was just the 3rd start all year that Tanner Roark allowed five or more runs. Glad the O's took advantage.
Orioles head to Toronto now for a big series with the 2nd place Blue Jays. O's are up on them by 4 games at the moment and will hopefully keep it that way when they return to Baltimore on Friday.
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