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Fedde throws 6 sharp innings as Nationals blank Orioles 3-0

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BALTIMORE – Eric Fedde allowed two hits in six innings, and the Washington Nationals beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 on Tuesday night for a second straight win after an eight-game drift.

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Cesar Hernandez doubled on the first serve of the game with Jordan Lyles (4-6) and scored a double Nelson Cruz put Washington ahead. Hernandez added an RBI Grounder in the second inning.

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That was enough for Fedde (5-5), who hit four, walked one, and didn’t miss a runner past first base. Two of his 20 career wins for Fedde have come against the Orioles, against whom he has a .52 ERA in three career games.

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Fedde lamented that he used 97 fields to pass six innings, but he had no complaints about the result.

“It’s amazing,” Fedde said. “Any time you get six zero points, I’ll sign up for it.”

Manager Dave Martinez liked it too.

“He did well. He got ahead of a lot of attackers and when he needed to hit, he hit,” Martinez said.

Kyle Finnegan the seventh worked, knocking out the side around the double Adley Rutchman. Carl Edwards Jr. broke the eighth and Tanner Rainey completed his eighth save with four hitters.

“Our bullpen came in and did a great job,” Martinez said. “It’s impressive that after everything we’ve been through, we come out here and our pitchers are throwing the ball.”

Washington’s eight-game losing streak, including seven home losses against division rivals Atlanta and Philadelphia, ended in a 9-3 rout of the Phillies on Sunday. The Nationals are now experiencing their first winning streak from June 10-11.

Lane Thomas hit Washington solo in the ninth.

After being scratched by a stomach virus on Sunday, Lyles fought for the first two opportunities before settling in. The right-hander gave up two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.

But he received no support from his crime.

“I thought Fedde was very good at throwing the ball. He was really pushing himself to the limit,” said Orioles manager Brandon Hyde. “We helped him by chasing. We just didn’t set up a lot of balls. I think our bats have been really good for the most part in the last few weeks, (but) we just didn’t have a lot of hard contact tonight.”

This rivalry between neighboring teams was much more intense when both were rivals. Now Baltimore is in the basement of the AL East, Washington is last in the NL East, and the announced crowd of 15,197 appears to include only a handful of Nationals fans who made the 40-mile hike from the nation’s capital.


Cruz was swinging the bat after a slow start to his first season in Washington. On May 3, the 41-year-old DH was hitting .143, but he’s now hit .250 and has 26 RBIs in his last 40 games.


Citizens: Activated INF Alcide Escobar (deformity of the right hamstring) from the list of injured. The 35-year-old last played on May 31st. To make room, the Nationals selected RHP Corey Abbott to Triple-A Rochester. … Right side Victor Arano (inflammation of the left knee) throws up from the chair, but is not ready to go to his full height. “Today was the first time I saw him walk without a limp, so that’s great,” Martinez said.

Orioles: Trey Mancini returned to action as DH Baltimore after missing four out of six games due to pain in his right hand, an injury sustained on June 13 when he hit the field in Toronto. … It was a slow recovery for INF Ramon Urias, who was driving to the IL on June 11 with an oblique deformity to the left. “We hope he can swing the bat very soon,” Hyde said.


Citizens: Fight for LHP Patrick Corbin (3-9, 6.59 ERA) hits his first career win at Camden Yards on Wednesday night in the two-game series finale.

Orioles: RHP Tyler Wells (4-4, 3.62) enters Wednesday’s game with a streak of 12 starts in a row for three runs or less.


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