Joe Ross Throws 12 Strikeouts in Nats Win Over O’s

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By Michael Marzzacco

Joe Ross was brilliant on the mound Thursday night and the Nats offense came to life as the Nats defeated the Orioles 6-1. Washington now awaits the Texas Rangers for a three-game weekend series beginning tonight.

Ross struck out 12 batters over 7 1/3 innings. According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, Nats starting pitchers have posted 20 innings pitched, 34 strikeouts, three walks and a 0.45 ERA.

The Nats tallied four runs in the first. Trea Turner walked to start the inning and stole second. He then stole third with Bryce Harper at the plate and Harper drove him home with an infield single to shortstop JJ Hardy. Harper also destroyed a baseball during his at-bat, literally.

Turner used his speed to score the first run of the game and Harper beat the throw to first. Adam Lind followed with a single, putting runners on first and second. Stephen Drew then smacked a base hit to left field to score Harper. Michael Taylor followed with a two-run double.

The Nats plated another run in the second with a sacrifice fly by Lind that scored Turner. Turner made a great catch in the fourth.

Drew would homer in the fifth inning for his first of the season, crushing the baseball to the middle deck in right field.

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