By Rich DubroffCSNwashington.com
Before the game, the mascots tussled. The Oriole Bird stole the cap from Screechs head. The fans cheered.Unlike last months series at Nationals Park, this crowd was dominated by Orioles rooters. Many didnt even notice that Davey Johnson had brought out the lineup card in his return.The 45,891 in attendance at Oriole Park were treated to an excellent game, and the Orioles won 2-1 on Friday night, thanks to another outstanding performance from Jason HammelAfter one-hitting Atlanta in his last appearance, Hammel (8-2) pitched eight innings, allowing just an unearned run and five hits in eight innings, striking out 10 and walking none. And Jordan Zimmermann wasnt bad, allowing two runs and eight hits in seven innings. Zimmermann (3-6) again suffered from little run support. He hasnt won in his last five decisions, and the Nationals (40-28) havent scored more than three runs in any of those starts. In the second, Mark Reynolds, who hit a team-leading 37 home runs last year, launched his sixth of the year off Jordan Zimmermann.The Nationals tied it in the fifth. Ian Desmond led off with a single. With one out, Roger Bernadina grounded to third. As Wilson Betemit threw to Reynolds at first, Desmond took off for second and then headed for third. Reynolds fired the ball to Betemit, who wasnt in position to take the throw, and it skipped passed him, allowing Desmond to score.In the bottom of the fifth, Zimmermann hit Nick Johnson with a pitch. With two outs, Brian Roberts singled and J.J. Hardy doubled to score Johnson for a 2-1 lead.In the seventh, Desmond singled with one out. Danny Espinosa followed with another. Hammel struck out Roger Bernadina and then Jesus Flores lined a ball that looked as if it was going to be a game-changing single, but Hardy leaped and snared it, saving the lead.Jim Johnson picked up his 21st save, pitching a scoreless ninth.The Orioles (40-30) have won three of four against the Nationals ths season.NOTES:-The game was delayed for 61 minutes by the threat of thunderstorms. Some rain fell early in the game.-The Orioles Chris Davis is 0-for-22.-On Saturday, Wei Yin-Chen (7-2, 3.36) will start for the Orioles. Edwin Jackson (3-4, 3.02) starts for the Nationals. Game time is 7:15 p.m. The game will be telecast on FOX. Bob Carpenter and Tom Verducci will be the broadcasters.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Tanner Roark threw seven impressive innings, Jayson Werth hit a solo homer and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 on Monday night.
Roark (14-7) allowed four singles and struck out five. Marc Rzepczynski tossed a perfect eighth and Mark Melancon finished off the four-hitter.
Phillies rookie Jake Thompson (1-4) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings. It was the longest and best of his five career starts.
Werth lined a solo shot to left in the first against his former team. A member of Philadelphia's 2008 World Series championship team, Werth was greeted by boos, as usual.
Bryce Harper raced home from first on Anthony Rendon's single to left-center to make it 2-0 in the first. Clint Robinson and Trea Turner had RBI singles off Frank Herrmann in the ninth.
Thompson settled in nicely after a rough start. His last pitch was a nasty curve that froze Turner for strike three.
Roark didn't need much support. The righty stifled the Phillies again. He's 3-0 with a 0.64 ERA against them this season.
The NL East-leading Nationals snapped a two-game losing streak.
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Nats (75-55) at Phillies (60-70) at Citizens Bank Park
Having lost six of their last eight, the Nats now hit the road to face the Phillies for three games. This could be a good opportunity to collect some wins against a lesser team, as the Nats swept each of their last two head-to-head series.
Also working in the Nats' favor is that Tanner Roark is on the mound. Roark is 13-7 with a 2.99 ERA and is very good at going deep into games, having pitched at least seven innings in 15 of his 25 starts.
Ryan Zimmerman gets the day off as manager Dusty Baker looks to get him some rest. Clint Robinson is instead playing first base.
First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Tanner Roark vs. Phillies - Jake Thompson
CF Trea Turner
LF Jayson Werth
2B Daniel Murphy
RF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
1B Clint Robinson
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Tanner Roark
RHP Jake Thompson
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The Nationals have optioned pitcher Lucas Giolito to AAA Syracuse and recalled outfielder Michael A. Taylor, the team announced Monday.
Giolito will return to the minors after starting Sunday in Washington's 5-3 loss to Colorado. He pitched a career-high five innings, allowing four runs on six hits (two HRs) and four walks.
As Nationals Insider Chase Hughes noted, the rookie pitcher's velocity hasn't lived up to expectations.
His fastball is supposed to sit comfortably in the high-90s and occasionally touch triple digits ... On Sunday against the Colorado Rockies, Giolito sat consistently around 93 miles per hour. That's not bad at all, but it's a far cry from the prodigious speed he used to have.
Taylor, meanwhile, last played for the Nationals on July 24 against the Padres. He went 0-4 at the plate in the 10-6 loss.
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