In a manner similar to Saturday in Nationals Park, the Orioles rushed out to an early lead in the first inning on Sunday only to lose in the end. Since John Means tossed his no-hitter on May 5th, the Orioles are 2-13 and that record includes today’s 6-5 loss in Washington, DC.
The game started with singles by Austin Hays (2 for 4, 1 run scored) and Freddy Galvis (2 for 5, 1 2B, 2 runs scored). RBI hits by Trey Mancini (2 for 4, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, 1 BB), Anthony Santander (2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI) and Maikel Franco (1 for 2, 1 2B, 2 RBI) staked the O’s to a 3-0 lead.
Since returning from the IL, Santander is 6 for 13 with 3 runs scored, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB and 4 K; he has raised his average to .246 from .196 when he landed on the IL.
The lead evaporated in the home half of the first when starter Matt Harvey (4.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 earned, 1 BB, 6 K) allowed four runs to score punctuated by a Kyle Schwarber two-run homerun to center.
Harvey allowed a Trey Turner RBI sacrifice fly in the 4th inning and Starlin Castro run after allowing him to reach base on an error before exiting in the 5th inning.
Harvey was tagged with the loss, dropping his season record to 3-5.
The bullpen trio of Cole Sulser, Paul Fry and Cesar Valdez combined to hold the Nationals scoreless over the final 3.1 innings allowing 2 hits (Sulser and Valdez) while walking 2 (Sulser) and striking out 2 (Fry).
Stevie Wilkerson added a 2 for 2 effort after pinch-hitting for Harvey.
2021 Record: 17-29
Next Game: Mon. May 24 @ 7:40 pm in Minnesota