The Washington Nationals were powered by three home runs on their way to defeating beltway rival Baltimore, 6-2, and evening the series at 1-1. Jayson Werth, Ian Desmond, and Wilson Ramos hit the long ball to lead the Nationals.
Pitcher Doug Fister (8-2) picked up his team leading 8th win of the season. Fister threw seven innings and scattered seven hits and allowed two runs to give the Nats another quality start. Drew Storen and Ross Detwiler pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to shut down the O’s and seal the Nats win.
Washington took an early two run lead in the first inning with an RBI double from Jayson Werth and an RBI single from Adam LaRoche. Baltimore did gain one of those runs back in the bottom of the first with an RBI single by Chris Davis. Ramos hit the first of the three home runs in the third inning, a bomb to deep left that gave the Nats a 3-1 lead. It was Ramos’ third homer of the season.
Ian Desmond popped his 16th home run of the season, an opposite field homer to right-center in the fourth inning to put the Nats up 4-1. Werth hit the final home in the seventh inning to give the Nats the 6-2 lead they would not relinquish. It was Werth’s ninth of the season and capped off a 2 for 3 night with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Werth has five multi-hit games over his last seven games.
The win tied the beltway series at 1-1 and improved the Nats to 49-40 on the season. With an Atlanta loss last night to the Mets, the Nationals took sole possession of first place, holding a one game lead over Atlanta. Gio Gonzalez takes the mound this evening to try and win the series for the Nats.
Wilson Ramos extended his hitting streak to a career high TWELVE games.
Denard Span extended his hitting streak to SEVEN games.