Baltimore Orioles defeat Washington Nationals, 6-3

WHERE DID IT GO? From the second the ball left Nolan Reimold's bat in the fifth inning, Nationals left fielder Josh Willingham had no idea where it was.

So Willingham threw up his hands, prompting center fielder Willie Harris to sprint all the way over. He had no play. Reimold's towering fly ball cleared the wall and bounced into the second row of the left-field seats, turning a 3-1 Orioles deficit into a one-run lead. It was Reimold's ninth home run, and three of them ...

When Matt Albers jogged in from the bullpen in the worst spot that a reliever possibly could be thrust into, he told himself he would be perfectly content giving up one run. Sure, that would have meant the Orioles had lost the lead and Jeremy Guthrie's perseverance after an ugly first inning would result only in a no-decision.

But Albers had to be realistic. With the bases loaded and nobody out and the Orioles up by only a run, anything short of the Washington Nationals...