Final: Washington Loses 4-3, Gets Swept By Baltimore

For the third game in a row, the Nationals blew a multi-run lead and watched as the Orioles score four unanswered runs to hand the Nationals their fourth straight loss. For more check out Federal Baseball.

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Orioles Overcome Three Run Deficit, Hand Nationals Fourth Straight Loss

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Miguel Tejada knocked in the winning run with a two-out single in the eighth inning, as Baltimore came from behind for a third straight day to upend Washington, 4-3, and wrap up their three-game interleague set.

Tejeda finished with two hits, and Adam Jones and Scott Moore also drove in a run each for the Orioles, who have won a season-high four straight games, including one-run decisions in each game of the just-completed sweep of the Nationals.

David Hernandez (3-6) earned the win by striking out both batters he faced to finish off the eighth inning for Baltimore, which completed interleague play at 8-10. Alfredo Simon worked a scoreless ninth to preserve the win and earn his ninth save.

Tyler Clippard (8-5) suffered the loss for a second straight day after yielding the decisive run on three hits and a walk in his lone inning of work for the Nats, who have lost 20 of their last 24 road contests.

Washington starter Luis Atilano lasted seven innings to match the longest outing of his career, giving up three runs -- two earned -- on five hits while striking out three.

Clippard opened the eighth inning on the hill for the visitors and yielded a one-out double to Julio Lugo but appeared to have caught a break when the veteran shortstop was picked off for the second out.

Corey Patterson then doubled and scored the decisive run when Tejada singled into center field. The Nats walked Nick Markakis intentionally before Ty Wigginton popped up to end the frame.

Pinch-hitter Willie Harris drew a one-out walk in the ninth but Simon set down the next two hitters to close the game.

Ryan Zimmerman drew a leadoff walk in the fourth and scored with one out when Josh Willingham tripled past a diving Jones in center field for the Nats' first hit of the game. Roger Bernadina then belted an opposite field home run to left to make it a 3-0 game.

Luke Scott doubled with one out in the fifth and scored when Jones followed with a two-base hit to trim the lead to 3-1. Matt Weiters and Moore produced consecutive singles to deliver Jones to draw the Orioles within one. Lugo grounded into a force at second but Adam Kennedy's throw to first to try to complete the double play sailed past the bag allowing Wieters to score to tie the game.

Birds' starter Jeremy Guthrie was lifted after six frames during which he gave up three runs on three hits and four walks, while fanning four. He has gone six straight starts since his last win.

Will Ohman opened the eighth on the hill for the Birds and gave up back-to- back singles to Kennedy and Zimmerman before Adam Dunn struck out and Hernandez was called on to try to squelch the rally, which he did.

The right-hander fanned Willingham and Bernadina on six pitches to end the threat.

The Orioles activated pitcher Koji Uehara from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game and designated infielderGarrett Atkins for assignment...Baltimore last won four in a row from October 1-4, 2009...The Orioles last series sweep was over Boston earlier this season from April 30-May 2...21 of the 30 games between the two teams have been decided by two runs or less...Washington has played in 45 games decided by two runs or less, the most of any team in the big leagues...They are 22-23 in those games...All five of Bernadina's home runs have come on the road...Atilano also went seven frames against Cincinnati on June 5. Washington finished interleague play at 5-13, including losses in ten of their last 12.


Nationals Look To Avoid Sweep In Baltimore

(Sports Network) - The Baltimore Orioles can top their best effort in 2010 today with a victory over the visitingWashington Nationals at Camden Yards that would complete a three-game interleague weekend series and mark the hosts' fourth straight win.

Baltimore, which is just 22-52 this season, took Saturday's middle contest, 6-5, to win a third straight game for the first time since May and just the second time this season.

Luke Scott scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the seventh inning as Baltimore overcame an early five-run deficit. Matt Wieters had three hits and drove in two runs and Adam Jones homered for Baltimore, which had rallied from a six-run hole to win Friday's series opener.

Jason Berken (1-1) grabbed the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings as four relievers combined to throw five shutout frames for the Orioles, who improved to 6-11 in interleague play. Alfredo Simon closed the door in the ninth by retiring the side in order to earn his eighth save.

Sean Burnett (0-4) took the loss after allowing the decisive run on one hit and a walk in two thirds of an inning for the slumping Nationals, who have dropped three in a row and nine of 11.

Washington starter Livan Hernandez was lifted after six frames during which he allowed five runs on 11 hits, while striking out four.

Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie gets the call for the hosts with a chance to end a five-start skid that stretches back to a May 25 win over Oakland.

In his last May start and four subsequent June outings, the former first-round draft pick has allowed 20 earned runs on 34 hits across 32 1/3 innings. He's pitched at least six innings in all five losses, including two stints of seven innings or more.

In five career starts against Washington, Guthrie is 1-1 with a 1.91 earned run average.

For the Nationals, rookie right-hander Luis Atilano aims for a seventh win in his first matchup with the Orioles.

The 25-year-old allowed six hits and a run in 5 1/3 innings of his last start, a 4-3 win over Kansas City on June 22.

Previously, Atilano had lost three straight starts after beg inning the year at 5-1.

He is 4-2 in seven road starts in 2010 with a 4.30 ERA.

The Nationals won two of three when they hosted the Orioles back in late May.

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