The annual contests between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles are billed as the Battle of the Beltway, but the truth is the the battle has been somewhat one-sided. Last night’s 6-4 Baltimore win gave the O’s a 37-24 record against their neighbors to the south. The Nats have had a particularly hard time defeating the Orioles at Camden Yards, losing 14 of their last 19 games played in Charm City.
The Orioles blitzed Nats’ starter Gio Gonzalez with three home runs in a four run first inning to set the tone for their series opening win. The game marked the 12th time Washington has allowed three or more home runs to an American League opponent. The Nats are 1-11 in those games, with the only win coming on June 17, 2006 in an 11-9 comeback victory at RFK Stadium over the New York Yankees.
Nats’ left fielder Jayson Werth went 2 for 4 in last night’s game, giving him 10 hits in his last 18 at bats. Werth has scored five runs, doubled twice, hit a pair of home runs and driven in three runs during the stretch.
Coming into last night’s game, Baltimore reliever Darren O’Day had not given up a run against Washington in 13 career innings pitched. That changed in the top of the eighth inning when Bryce Harper hit a solo home run to left field off of O’Day. The home run was the 14th of Harper’s career to left field and the first since June 21, 2016 when he homered to left off of Los Angeles’ Scott Kazmir at Dodger Stadium. The blast was Harper’s 11th against American League opponents.