Game Thread: Orioles (49-40) @ Nationals (48-40)

After exploding for six runs in the 11th inning to break a 2-2 tie in the first game against Washington, the O’s once again find themselves with a taxed bullpen. They’ll turn to Bud Norris, making his first start since coming off the 15-day disabled list, to hopefully get them some much-needed innings.

The O’s have opened up a 3.0 game lead in the American League East as the Toronto Blue Jays continue to slide, but even after winning a game started by Stephen Strasburg last night, things don’t get any easier against an extremely talented Nationals rotation.

 

LINEUPS

Orioles

RF Nick Markakis

3B Manny Machado

CF Adam Jones

LF Nelson Cruz

1B Chris Davis

SS J.J. Hardy

C Caleb Joseph

2B Jonathan Schoop

P Bud Norris (7-5, 3.62)

Nationals

CF Denard Span

2B Anthony Rendon

RF Jayson Werth

1B Adam LaRoche

3B Ryan Zimmerman

LF Bryce Harper

SS Ian Desmond

C Jose Lobaton

P Doug Fister (7-2, 2.93)

 

Current Streak

Orioles Won 3

Nationals Lost 1

 

Last 10

Orioles 7-3

Nationals 7-3

 

TIDBITS

Machado had his first career five-hit game Monday night, raising his average to .261. In his first 26 games this year, he posted a .539 OPS, while he’s put up an .858 over his last 31.

Steve Pearce is out of the starting lineup again. He was 0-for-1 in pinch hit duty Monday.

Zimmerman is 4/11 with 2 HR off Norris.

Davis is 3/10 with 2 HR off Fister. Nick Markakis is 8/19 with 1 HR, 2 2B, and 8 RBI. Nelson Cruz is 8/21 with 2 2B and 1 HR. Adam Jones is 5/14.

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