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Nationals Take On Orioles In Battle Of The Beltway This Afternoon

(Sports Network) - The Baltimore Orioles stand nine innings away from a 2010 rarity -- a three-game win streak -- as they host the Washington Nationals today in the second game of a three-game interleague series at Camden Yards.

Baltimore, which has taken just 21 of its 73 games this year, made it two victories in a row Friday night after Jake Fox scored the winning run on a Cristian Guzman throwing error in the bottom of the ninth to complete the rally from a six-run deficit and stun Washington, 7-6.

Scott Moore's two-run pinch-hit homer and Corey Patterson's run-scoring single tied the game in the eighth and made a winner of Alfredo Simon (2-1), who worked a scoreless ninth for the Orioles,

They're the first back-to-back wins for Baltimore since it won three straight from May 12-14.

Tyler Clippard (8-4) suffered the loss after yielding four runs -- three earned -- on four hits and three walks over just 1 1/3 innings for Washington, which committed four errors in losing its second straight game.

Adam Dunn drove in four runs and Nyjer Morgan collected four hits, scored three times and drove in a run as the Nationals fell to 12-14 in one-run games.

Second-year righty Brad Bergesen will make the effort on the mound for the Orioles, making his 11th start of the season and first since a 9-1 loss at Yankee Stadium on June 2 yielded a brief bullpen stint.

The 24-year-old gave up four hits and a run in 3 1/3 relief innings over two games against the New York Mets, the last coming on June 13 at Citi Field.

Bergesen last won on May 12 against Seattle, when he surrendered five hits and a run in 7 2/3 innings of a 5-2 Baltimore win.

He got a no-decision in Baltimore's 7-6 loss at Washington on May 22, the middle game of a series in which the Nationals won two of three. In three lifetime matchups with them, Bergesen is 1-0 with a 5.94 earned run average.

The Nationals counter with veteran Livan Hernandez, who'll face Baltimore for the seventh time in his 428th big-league appearance. Hernandez did not pitch in the previous 2010 series between the teams, but is 3-1 in six career starts against the Orioles with a 3.69 ERA in 39 innings.

He's won two of his last three starts in June, including a gem in his last outing that resulted in a 2-1 defeat of Kansas City as he allowed eight hits and a run in seven innings.

Hernandez, a postseason star as a rookie back in 1997, won nine games last season while splitting time between the Nationals and Mets.