Washington Nationals defeat Baltimore Orioles, 5-3

You thought that whole business of the Orioles hacking it up on Sundays was over, didn't you?

They had won their previous two Sunday games and you thought, "OK, the dark cloud has passed," or maybe you used a metaphor even more tortured than that one.

But then you watched them kick the ball around and make a couple of key base-running errors in a 5-3 loss to the lowly Washington Nationals on Sunday at Camden Yards, in their final inter-league game of the season.


Sour ending

The Orioles' 5-3 loss Sunday ended their bid for the franchise's best interleague record. They finished this season 11-7 against National League East teams, tying their top mark set last year and tied in 1999. The Orioles are 101-128 since interleague play began in 1997 and are 56-60 against the NL at Camden Yards.

Hitting 50 on Eutaw

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For much of the first half of the season, the Orioles have been bothered by their lack of consistency.

They've hit, but haven't pitched well. Or they would get a great effort on the mound and waste it with base-running or fielding errors, or a slumping offense.

In Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Washington Nationals that ruined a potential sweep and ended their 2009 interleague schedule at a franchise-tying-best record of 11-7, the Orioles were consistent.

They made mist...