Nationals Vs. Orioles: Baltimore Defeats Washington 2-1 On Eighth Inning Matt Wieters Home Run

The Nationals couldn't hold off the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday afternoon as Matt Wieters' two-run shot to center field in the eighth inning gave Baltimore a 2-1 victory as well as bragging rights in the interleague series.

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Nationals Vs. Orioles: Ryan Zimmerman Received Cortisone Shot Prior To Sunday's Game

The Washington Nationals lost the series finale of their weekend interleague set with the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Sunday on an eighth inning home run by Matt Wieters, but despite the loss Washington fans might have been pleasantly surprised with Ryan Zimmerman's performance at the plate, given the third baseman's ongoing struggles since returning from the disabled list. To most observers it seems Zimmerman's shoulder is still not quite right, but it appears a pregame cortisone shot goes a long way towards making the Nats third bagger regain some of his old skills.

Via Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:

Zimmerman was two for four in Sunday's game, driving in the team's only run. The team is preparing Mark DeRosa to play some third base when DeRosa returns from a minor league rehab stint.

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Nationals Vs. Orioles Final Score: Baltimore Rallies For 2-1 Victory

The Nationals couldn't hold off the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday afternoon as Matt Wieters' two-run shot to center field in the eighth inning gave Baltimore a 2-1 victory as well as bragging rights in the interleague series.

Washington had taken a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Ryan Zimmerman connected on an RBI single. Each team put four pitchers on the mound on Sunday, with Nationals pitcher Sean Burnett getting the loss for giving up the homer to Wieters in Burnett's 1/3 inning of action.

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Nationals Vs. Orioles Score Update: Washington Leads 1-0

The Washington Nationals took a 1-0 lead over the Baltimore Orioles after the third inning when Ryan Zimmerman hit an RBI single to left center filed that scored Jhonatn Solano.

The Nationals have five hits on the day, while the Orioles have four. Ross Detwiler had three strikeouts and walked two through the first five innings for Washington. Jake Arrieta had four strikeouts and had walked only one through that period.

Baltimore and Washington have split the weekend interleague series, so Sunday's rubber match is for bragging rights.

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Nationals Vs. Orioles: Ryan Zimmerman In Washington Lineup Sunday, Batting Third

The Washington Nationals (41-28) will take on the Baltimore Orioles (40-31) on Sunday at Camden Yards, and despite his recent struggles at the plate Ryan Zimmerman is in the lineup for Davey Johnson's club, batting third. Ross Detwiler will be on the mound for Washington, replacing Chien-Ming Wang as the Nationals fifth starter.

Here is the full Washington lineup, via the @NationalsPR twitter feed:

First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. EST from Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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Nationals Vs. Orioles: Ross Detwiler Gets Another Chance In The Rotation For Washington

The Washington Nationals (41-28) defeated the Baltimore Orioles (40-31) on Saturday night 3-1 behind yet another stellar starting pitching performance, this time from Edwin Jackson. On Sunday, the Nationals hope to find a fix for the only blemish in their rotation, the fifth spot, as Ross Detwiler takes the hill against Baltimore.

Washington has a major-league leading 2.96 ERA, with the foursome of Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and Edwin Jackson each sporting ERAs under 3.00 individually. After giving Chien-Ming Wang a chance at the fifth spot, Ross Detwiler will get a second look after Wang's struggles on the mound.

Detwiler (4-3, 3.34 ERA) began the season at the back end of the rotation, but a 8.16 ERA in his last three starts saw the team turn to Wang and send Detwiler to the bullpen. The lefty is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in three career starts against the Orioles.

Baltimore will send the struggling Jake Arrieta (3-9, 5.83 ERA) to the hill on Sunday to face the Nationals. Arrieta is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in three career starts against Washington.

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Ryan Zimmerman Shoulder Injury: Third Baseman Potentially Headed To The DL

Because of an ailing right shoulder, Ryan Zimmerman might soon find himself on the disabled list. According to the Washington Post, Zimmerman, the Nats' starting third baseman, may need a cortisone shot, and rather soon. On Saturday night, in Washington's 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles, his slump continued, as he went 0 for 4 at the plate and his average has also dipped to .218 over the last 55 games.

"I've been hitting for a while here and I don't miss fastballs like I've been missing fastballs," he told reporters Saturday night. "It's frustrating ... If things keep going the way they have been going, we're going to have to do something."

Zimmerman initially sustained the injury in April.

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Nationals Vs. Orioles: Washington Collects Eight Hits, Tops Baltimore 3-1

Good pitching was, again, the key for the Washington Nationals (41-28). After a strong start from Edwin Jackson, followed up by a solid performance from the bullpen, the Nats topped the host Baltimore Orioles (40-31) by a final score of 3-1 on Saturday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Jackson lasted six and one-third innings, striking out five and allowing just one run. And then, Tyler Clippard capped off the bullpen's effort with his 12 consecutive save of the season.

Washington's three runs, including a solo home run from Adam LaRoche, came in the second and fourth innings, pouncing on Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen early. Chen would be pulled after the fifth inning. LaRoche's homer was his 13th this season.

The series finale is set for tomorrow at 1:35 p.m. EST.

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Nationals-Orioles Score Update: Washington Leads 3-0 After Six Innings

After six innings of play, Edwin Jackson is making it look easy. The right-hander has fanned five batters, walked just one and allowed just one hit and no runs, as the Washington Nations hold a 3-0 lead over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night.

Leading 2-0 after three innings, the Nats added another run in the top of the fourth inning after Adam LaRoche homered to deep right center field. Leading 3-0, Washington has yet to relinquish that lead.

The Natonals dropped the interleague series opener on Friday night by a score of 2-1. Jackson, who has tossed just 80 pitches, is expected to remain in the game in through at least the seventh.

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Nationals Vs. Orioles Score Update: Washington Leads 2-0 After Three Innings

After three innings at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the Washington Nations lead the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 2-0 in Saturday's interleague contest.

The Nats put two runs on the scoreboard in the top of the second inning, as a single toward third from Xavier Nady, scored Michael Morse, who is in the lineup tonight as the designated hitter. A few moments later, Adam LaRoche then scored on a field error from Wilson Betemit.

Edwin Jackson took the hill for Washington tonight, and through three, has tossed 34 pitches, along with two strikeouts, allowing no hits and no runs.

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Nationals Vs. Orioles Game 2 Lineups: Danny Espinosa To Lead Off, Michael Morse Batting Cleanup

The Washington Nationals released their lineup for the second of their three game set with the Baltimore Orioles this weekend via their Twitter page on Saturday afternoon:

Danny Espinosa has been moved up in the order to bat lead-off. Michael Morse is still the designated hitter, but he's been moved down in the order to bat cleanup against Baltimore.

First pitch on Saturday night will be at 7:15 P.M., EST.

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Nationals Vs. Orioles: Unheralded Edwin Jackson Faces Baltimore On Saturday

The hottest pitcher in the Washington Nationals (40-28) rotation will take the hill on Saturday, facing the Baltimore Orioles (40-30) at Camden Yards. The Nationals bats have continued to struggle of late, with the team losing five of their past seven contests.

Edwin Jackson (3-4, 3.02 ERA) hits the mound for Davey Johnson's club, owning the lowest ERA of all the Washington starters over the last six weeks. Jackson has allowed two runs or less in each of his last four starts, good enough for a 2.63 ERA since May 8. Jackson will need to deliver a strong performance, as the Nationals lineup, particularly the heart of the order, has been silent in recent games.

Wei-Yin Chen (7-2, 3.36 ERA) takes the ball for Baltimore. The rookie is 4-0 with a 2.72 ERA in six home starts this season, and overall has posted a 2.21 ERA in winning his last three starts. His worst outing of the year occurred against Washington a month ago, as the Nationals knocked around Chen for six runs and eight hits in just 4 1/3 innings of work.

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Nationals Vs. Orioles: Nationals Drop Opener, 2-1 As Jason Hammel Fans 10

The Washington Nationals dropped the first game of their series against the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Friday night.

Jason Hammel allowed just five Washington hits and one unearned run while striking out 10 over eight innings of work. Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann was not quite as good, allowing eight hits and two earned runs over seven innings while striking out two and walking just one.

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead on a solo home run by Mark Reynolds in the second inning. Washington tied the score in the top of the fifth when Ian Desmond tried to take third on a groundout by Roger Bernadina and wound up scoring when Reynolds' throw got away from third baseman Wilson Betemit.

The tie didn't last through the fifth inning, as J.J. Hardy's double scored Nick Johnson in the bottom of the inning to provide the winning margin.

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Nationals Vs. Orioles: Tarps Are Down In Anticipation Of Heavy Rain

The tarps being placed over the field at Camden Yards and their will be a rain delay between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles. There is no rain as of yet, but the threat of rain is looming in the Baltimore-area. The original first pitch was scheduled at 7:05 p.m., but there is a severe thunderstorm warning until 7:15 p.m.

The storm is currently Northwest of Baltimore, and the heaviest portion of the storm is expect to travel Southeast and cross right through Baltimore.

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The rain is most likely to hit the stadium starting around 8:30 p.m. as Weather.com projects a 50 percent chance of rain at that time, and the threat of rain is expected to stay between 50 and 100 percent until 9:45 p.m.

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Nationals Vs. Orioles Lineups: Michael Morse Bats As Designated Hitter As Jordan Zimmermann Starts Against Baltimore

The Washington Nationals begin a three game series against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. The starting lineup will have Michael Morse reprising his role as designated hitter while the Nationals are on the road.

Steve Lombardozzi will get the start in left field for the Nationals and bat at lead off. Second baseman Danny Espinosa, who led off in much of the series against the Tampa Bay Rays, will bat seventh in the batting order.

The game is scheduled for a 7:10 first pitch from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Television coverage will be provided by both MASN and MASN 2 with the Nationals broadcast on MASN 2. Radio coverage will be provided by 106.7 the Fan FM, 1500 WFED AM and 1580 WHFS AM.

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Nationals Vs. Orioles: Second Battle Of The Beltways Wraps Up Interleague Play

The Washington Nationals travel to play the Baltimore Orioles in the first of a three game series on Friday Night. Jordan Zimmermann and Jason Hammel will be the starting pitchers for both teams.

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