Jul 10, 2015, 4:30 PM EST
BALTIMORE — After two days off, the Nationals pick back up on Friday night for their final series of the first half of the season. They take on the Baltimore Orioles in three games before breaking for the 2015 All-Star Game.
Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 4.16) gets the start in the first game between these teams of the season. He has allowed just one run across 14 innings in his last two outings.
Right-hander Chris Tillman (6-7, 5.57) will pitch in Baltimore in his 17th appearance of the season. Tillman has had a tough year and lasted just 4 2/3 innings his last time out against the White Sox.
Yunel Escobar is back in the lineup, which is good news. The Nats did, though, place Denard Span on the disabled list this afternoon.
Updates to come…
WASHINGTON NATIONALS at BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLBN, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 85 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to LF
3B Yunel Escobar
2B Danny Espinosa
RF Bryce Harper
DH Wilson Ramos
LF Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
C Jose Lobaton
1B Tyler Moore
CF Michael Taylor
(LHP Gio Gonzalez)
3B Manny Machado
1B Steve Pearce
CF Adam Jones
C Matt Wieters
RF Chris Davis
LF Nolan Reimold
DH Jimmy Paredes
SS J.J. Hardy
2B Jonathan Schoop
(RHP Chris Tillman)
HP Mike Estabrook
1B Paul Nauert
2B Ed Hickox
3B Tim Welke (cc)
7:06 p.m. — And we are underway…
7:29 p.m. — No runs to report on in the first inning, as both pitchers got off to good starts to the evening. Tillman allowed a single to Escobar, but that was it. Gio also gave up a leadoff single to Machado, but nothing more. Tillman threw 18 pitches, Gio needed 21. On to the second we go.
7:47 p.m. — Still scoreless through two innings here. Both teams got one baserunner, just like they did in the first. For the Nats, it was Desmond who walked with one out. For the Orioles, it was Reimold who reached on an infield single. Both Gio and Tillman are at 33 pitches so far.
8:07 p.m. — We remain locked at 0-0 after three. The Nats went down in order, while Machado drew a one-out walk for the O’s. Machado would later end the inning, though, by getting caught stealing second. Tillman is at 48, Gio’s at 51.
8:30 p.m. — This game is scoreless no more. Jones broke the 0-0 tie with a solo homer on the first pitch of the bottom of the fourth. The Orioles now lead 1-0 and have Gio’s pitch count all the way up to 77. He has been relatively effective, but not as efficient as he would like.
8:51 p.m. — The Nats took the lead in the fifth inning and are now up 2-1 on the Orioles. The first run came on a Moore double down the right field line. That scored Robinson, who led off with a single. The second run came in the next at-bat, as Taylor singled to left field to score Moore from second. Gio then worked around a leadoff single to pitch a scoreless frame.
9:13 p.m. — It’s still 2-1 here at Camden Yards. The Nats threatened with a pair of baserunners and had two men in scoring position with two outs, but couldn’t score. The Orioles got Wieters on with a one-out walk, but couldn’t capitalize. Darren O’Day will now take over to pitch for Baltimore. Gio is at 100 pitches through six, so we’ll see if Matt Williams wants to go to his bullpen or give him another frame.
9:42 p.m. — The Nationals are still up 2-1 after seven innings, though they did make a pitching change in the bottom half of the frame. Gonzalez began the inning, but was pulled after facing just one batter. He allowed a leadoff walk to Paredes before Williams called on Aaron Barrett to replace him. Barrett was impressive in his first outing since June 11. He saw Paredes get to second on a passed ball, but then struck out Hardy and got Schoop and Machado out on balls put in play. Brad Brach will now take over to pitch for the O’s in the eighth.
10:06 p.m. — This game is now tied as we head to the ninth inning. The Nats went down in order before Casey Janssen took over looking to set up a save opportunity. He faced two batters and allowed a leadoff single to Chris Parmelee, a pinch-hitter. Janssen was replaced after retiring Jones by Matt Thornton and Thornton quickly allowed an RBI double to Wieters. Parmelee scored all the way from first to push this game to 2-2. Zach Britton will now come in to pitch the ninth.
10:20 p.m. — Schoop hit a solo homer to left field in the bottom of the 9th off Tanner Roark and this game is over. Walk-off win for the O’s. Nats fall 3-2 in the opener.
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