Washington Nationals defeat Baltimore Orioles, 4-2

WASHINGTON -- Challenged to name a key to the game last night for starter Daniel Cabrera, Orioles manager Dave Trembley shifted his focus to the batter's box, never a comfortable spot for the Dominican pitcher.

Trembley wanted three at-bats out of Cabrera, figuring if the right-hander kept coming to the plate, he must be locating it from the mound, too.

"If he gets three at-bats," Trembley said, "he'll be in the game long."

Long enough to have it get away from him in...

A recap of the Orioles' 4-2 loss to the Nationals last night:


Daniel Cabrera struggled in the beginning, dominated in the middle and struggled again at the end of his outing. Cabrera, seeking his first win since May 20, allowed two runs and four hits in the first inning. After dodging trouble in the second, Cabrera started a run during which he retired 11 straight Nationals, four of them by strikeouts. But with the score tied heading into the bottom ...