The streak had to end sometime. You can't win em' all, as the old saying goes. The O's lost on the road for the first time in their last ten tries and saw a five-game winning streak snapped after falling to the nationals 9-3 on Sunday afternoon.
The sad part is that everything went right for the Birds early on. They took a 3-0 lead after two innings and it seemed like they would cruise behind starter Wei-Yin Chen. But baseball is a funny game, and the Nats surged back, scoring nine unanswered runs. The Orioles were held hitless from the third inning until the ninth while the Nationals feasted on Chen and the 'pen.
Chen (4-1) turned in his worst performance of the season, allowing six runs on eight hits and three walks in just 4 1/3 innings. He allowed back-to-back solo homers in the fourth, including Washington's starter Stephen Strasburg's first Major League long-ball.
The Birds went 4-1 on the road trip and now head home for a week. Every other team in the East besides Boston lost, so the O's really didn't lose any ground in the standings and still lead the Rays by two full games. Tommy Hunter takes the mound on Monday night as the Birds welcome the Red Sox to Camden Yards for a three-game set.