By Michael Marzzacco
The Nats fell to the Orioles 10-8 after a furious rally in the ninth inning fell short. Tanner Roark took the loss and went five innings allowing five runs on seven hits with four strikeouts.
There was a cool moment before the game when Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky threw out the first pitch. She came with her medals and had to get Bryce Harper to hold on to them while she threw her pitch. You could see this look of awe on Bryce’s face as he was holding each medal. Ledecky fired a strike.
Adam Jones led off the first with a hit into center field that was caught by a diving Trea Turner. Baltimore scored four runs in the opening inning highlighted by a two run homer by Manny Machado. In the bottom of the first, Anthony Rendon lined a double to score Turner. Daniel Murphy tried to score but he was out at the plate
In the fifth, down 5-2, Danny Espinosa hit his 20th home run of the season. In the seventh, the Nats pulled within 5-3 when Daniel Murphy singled on a line drive into right field to score Ben Revere.
The O’s answered with five runs in the eighth inning off of reliever Blake Treinen. It was highlighted by a three run homer by Matt Weiters. Down 10-3, many fans headed for the exits. Those that stayed however, were treated to an exciting rally. Murphy hit a grand slam into the right field seats to pull the Nats within three runs.
Harper followed with a single and Rendon doubled him home making it 10-8. Wilson Ramos got on with a fielder’s choice and Ryan Zimmerman came up. The rally fell short though as Zimmerman grounded into a double play to end the game.
Turner plated four hits and has went 8 for 8 in his last eight at-bats which ties a Nats record that was set by Dmitri Young.
In tonight’s four game home-and-home finale it’ll be Max Scherzer (13-7, 3.05 ERA) pitching for Washington up against Ubaldo Jimenez (5-10, 6.94 ERA). Scherzer is 4-2, 3.81 ERA against the Orioles.