The O's went into extra innings, on the road, and won...again. Nick Markakis' solo homer in the top of the 11th lifted the Birds to a 2-1 victory over the Nationals on Friday night.
The Birds scored in the first inning before being shut down until the 11th. The Nationals scored their lone run on a solo homer off starter Jake Arrieta in the sixth.
That was Jake's lone mistake, as he went seven strong innings, allowing just six hits and a walk while striking out nine. The bullpen continued to impress, with four relievers tossing four one-hit innings. Pedro Strop allowed that hit in the bottom of the 11th but escaped the jam to pick up his third save of the season.
The O's (26-14) have now played 40 games, and eight have gone to extras (20%). They have won six of those contests (both losses came against the Yankees). The Birds are 12 games over .500 and have now won eight straight on the road...
The O's look to take the Beltway Series with a win on Saturday night...Jason Hammel takes the mound.