Baltimore Orioles defeat Washington Nationals, 6-5

On a homestand that has been defined by gritty comebacks and tight late-game situations, it just wouldn't have seemed right if the Orioles protected their four-run, eighth-inning lead and coasted to an easy victory over the Washington Nationals.

And so it was that the Orioles' advantage was whittled to a run in the eighth and the Nationals still had the bases loaded. That Austin Kearns worked reliever Jim Johnson to a full count only added to the drama.

Johnson stead...

A recap of the Orioles' 6-5 victory over the Nationals last night:

Toughing it out

Brian Roberts appeared to suffer an injury in the third inning when he fouled a ball off his left leg. Roberts hopped out of the batter's box and was grimacing as head athletic trainer Richie Bancells rushed out of the dugout. He dropped to the ground, and it looked as if the Orioles had lost their leadoff hitter and second baseman. But Roberts continued his at-bat and doubled to left ...