The O's trip to Washington was a makeup of the July 8th game that was called due to a rain-out.They started off slow for six innings in Monday nights game at Nationals Park. Hitters struggled, as there were a couple flashes here or there. Nothing sparked for the Orioles until J.J Hardy, started the rally with two pitches in the seventh inning. A hit into the left-field corner turned into a double. Next, Ryan Flaherty ripped a double to center leading to Baltimore coming alive in the later innings to a 7-3 win over the Nationals.
Wilson Ramos of the Nationals belted a home-run in the second inning to give him his first home-run since July 9th, against the Orioles.
In just 24 hours, Nick Markakis home-run keeps the Orioles in the game, who trailed 3-1 for 6 innings. Delmon Young provided an RBI single-being 9 for 17 as a pinch-hitter this season. Enter Adam Jones, hitting a run-scoring single, bringing Baltimore's hit to six in the inning.
Baltimore Orioles' Caleb Joesph singled in two runs in the eighth to give the Orioles a 7-3 lead. Chris Davis and Hardy scored on a single by Joseph where his solo home-run put the O's on the board back in the third inning. The Orioles' offense scored seven runs after only putting up six in the past four games total. The O's take three out of four games in the season series.
The Baltimore Orioles' lead in the AL East increases to 4 games over the Toronto Blue Jays. Washington's lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East drops to three games.
The Orioles continue their hunt for October in a three-game set against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night. Bud Norris, with a 1.82 ERA against the Jays will start in Toronto on Tuesday.