For seven innings, it looked as if the O's offense was going to let Jake Arrieta and the bullpen down. But Matt Wieters' two-run bomb in the eighth lifted the Birds to a 2-1, series-clinching win over the Nationals on Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.
The O's had managed just six hits, all singles, before Wieters' blast. The Birds have been in a major funk offensively, and finished Sunday's game 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. In fact, the Birds have gone just 1-for-33 with runners in scoring position during the drought...
Jake Arrieta struggled early but settled down and allowed just a run on five hits and a walk over six innings, fanning five. The bullpen continued its stellar run, with three relievers holding the Nats to just one hit over the final three frames. Pedro Strop picked up the win and Jim Johnson recorded his 22nd save after a strike-em' out, throw-em' out play ended the game.
The O's have Monday off before hosting the Angels for two games...Brian Matusz takes the mound on Tuesday night.