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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.