Baltimore Orioles defeat Washington Nationals, 3-2

Two strategies Washington chose to intentionally walk No. 8 hitter Corey Patterson in the second inning with Jay Payton on second base and two outs.

The Nats wanted to face the pitcher, Jeremy Guthrie, in that situation. It seemed early for such a plan, but it worked. Guthrie grounded out, and the game remained scoreless. The Orioles had the same decision to make in the bottom half with two on and two outs, and they pitched to No. 8 hitter Nook Logan, who delivered a ru...

WASHINGTON -- The month of May began with a loss for Orioles reliever Danys Baez. And it hasn't grown much kinder to him as the days pass.

Baez, who wasn't used last night, has posted a 9.00 ERA in May, allowing eight earned runs in eight innings. Two of those runs scored Friday night when Ryan Zimmerman homered off him in the eighth inning to reduce the Orioles' lead to 5-4 and make them sweat out a victory.

Compare those numbers to April, when he allowed four runs ...

WASHINGTON -- They botched bunts, hit into ill-timed double plays and made an emergency starter look like a National League Cy Young Award contender. But as Orioles left fielder Jay Payton pointed out later, as long as your pitching keeps the game close, you always have a chance to win.

And so it was last night that the game and two struggling offenses rolled into the 11th inning at RFK Stadium. Jeremy Guthrie and three relievers did their part for the Orioles and it wa...