Washington Nationals defeat Baltimore Orioles, 9-6

Confusion at first The Orioles caught a break in the fourth inning when the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman was called out after reaching first base on an errant throw by shortstop Miguel Tejada.

Tejada fielded Zimmerman's leadoff grounder cleanly, but his throw sailed over the head of first baseman Kevin Millar. Zimmerman reached the bag safely, but Millar tagged him out after he appeared to turn toward second base. Orioles starter Steve Trachsel retired Dmitri Young and Rya...

It had become a film on a continuous loop, with the same predictable outcome and the same bad reviews. The Orioles squander an early lead, their offense disappears and a pitcher with modest credentials befuddles them.

They tried to write an alternate ending last night, but the only difference turned out to be the manner in which they lost.

Working his second inning in relief, Orioles closer Chris Ray loaded the bases after getting the first two outs in the 11th, and ...

Believe it or not, there was a time this season when the Orioles could count on fattening up on the juicy part of the schedule. They couldn't make a dent against the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels and Detroit Tigers, for logical reasons: They weren't good enough. But get some bottom-feeders in front of them, and watch the feeding frenzy.

Those days are long gone.

This is supposed to be another of those fattening portions of the schedule, and they're getting ea...