Nats Bullpen Blows it Again, O’s Rally

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By Michael Marzzacco

Max Scherzer had a solid start for the Nationals, pitching eight strong innings allowing two runs on four hits with 11 strikeouts, but his effort was wasted thanks to the continued disappointments of the bullpen. The Orioles would defeat the Nationals 4-3 in 12 innings, taking both games at Camden Yards before the Beltway Series shifts to DC beginning on Wednesday night. Scherzer threw his 52nd career game in which he had at 10 or more strikeouts which tied him with Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers for the most among active pitchers.

Daniel Murphy hit his sixth home run of the year in the top of the second to put Washington up 1-0.

Baltimore would tie it in the sixth with a home run from Seth Smith. In the eighth, the Nats would regain the lead with a three-run homer from Adam Lind.

Scherzer surrendered a home run to Adam Jones that made it a 4-2 game but would still finish the inning, giving way to the bullpen in the ninth. Enny Romero came in from the bullpen to try to close it out. He first surrendered a walk to Chris Davis but would get him out later on a fielder’s choice while Mark Trumbo made it to first. Romero would then get Trey Mancini to line out for the second out of the inning. Trumbo would reach second on a balk and Jonathan Schoop doubled him home. Craig Gentry would pinch run for Schoop. The Orioles would tie it with a single by J.J. Hardy into center field.

In the 11th, the Orioles threatened with two outs. Hardy doubled and Caleb Joseph singled into right field. Hardy would race home but the throw from Bryce Harper would beat him as Hardy was gunned down at the plate for the third out.

Chris Heisey led off the top of the 12th with a single. Heisey would be out at second after Brian Goodwin bunted into the force out. Trea Turner would then fly out to left fielder Gentry and he would throw to second, then to first to double off Goodwin. Goodwin was already past second base on the play and couldn’t get back to first in time.

With one out in the bottom of the 12th and this time Jacob Turner on the mound Jones and Manny Machado singled. Turner would ten intentionally walk Chris Davis to load the bases and Trumbo ended the game with a walk-off base hit into left field.

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