The O's just keep amazing me (and the rest of the world). In a nationally televised game on Saturday night, the Birds took down the Nationals 6-5 in front of a full house in Washington, D.C.
It was a blowout early on, as the O's took an early 6-0 lead before the Nats came charging back. Robert Andino drove in two with a single in the second, Adam Jones cranked his team-leading 14th homer in the third and Nick Markakis launched a two-run bomb in the fifth.
Starter Jason Hammel was lights-out until running into big trouble in the sixth. Hammel (5-1) got the win but was charged with four runs on six hits and two walks in just 5 1/3 frames. The bullpen didn't allow a run until Jim Johnson served up a solo homer in the ninth, but J.J. shut the door and picked up his 15th save in 15 chances this season.
The O's (27-14) have won five straight and nine in a row on the road. The club sends Wei-Ying Chen to the mound on Sunday afternoon and look for the sweep.