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Rookie pitchers David Hess, Tanner Scott can't hold leads in Orioles' 9-7 loss to Nationals

Rookie pitchers David Hess, Tanner Scott can't hold leads in Orioles' 9-7 loss to Nationals

Tanner Scott has earned his way into more high-leverage relief situations in recent weeks, but with the Orioles minus two of their key bullpen arms Tuesday night, Scott was put into a situation manager Buck Showalter still might not have normally used him in.

The Orioles bullpen was not only without left-hander Richard Bleier — who will miss the rest of the season after lat surgery — but right-hander Darren O’Day was also unavailable with a nagging hamstring problem, so Showalter entrusted Scott with preserving a one-run lead in Tuesday’s series opener against the regional-rival Washington Nationals.

Scott was charged with three runs in the seventh as the Orioles dropped 9-7...

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