Nationals Beat Orioles with Offense and Pitching, Retake First Place

The Washington Nationals (49-40) took advantage of the hitter-friendly Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Wednesday as they teed off with three home runs on the way to a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles (49-41).

Doug Fister pitched an incredible game, despite not having his best stuff and being victimized by one of the worst strike zones we’ve seen this season. He went seven innings and gave up just two runs on seven hits. He did walk an uncharacteristic two batters, but it didn’t cost him much.

The story of tonight’s game was the Nats offense and a whole lot of taters, but it started with a double by who else but Anthony Rendon in the first. He was doubled in by Jayson Werth, who was singled in by Adam LaRoche to make it 2-0 early.

In the second, Wilson Ramos absolutely massacred a baseball into the left field seats, and in the fourth, Ian Desmond hit his 16th, yes 16th, home run of the year to the deep part of the park in right center. Both were solo shots. To cap off the offense for the evening, we experienced a solo Werthquake in the seventh to give the Nats the 6-2 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.

Drew Storen and Ross Detwiler pitched effectively for an inning each to wrap it up, and the Nationals regained the NL East division lead after the Atlanta Braves lost their fourth-straight game.

Vine of the Game:

Ian Desmond howls at the Werewerth after Werth’s solo shot in the seventh.

Joe Drugan

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