Todd Coffey

Orioles open Nationals series with a dud

Orioles open Nationals series with a dud

There have been plenty of times this season when it would have been easy to sum up another Orioles loss by looking at just one play or one statistic. But not Friday night, not when there was so much bad baseball to choose from, not when the Orioles all but gift-wrapped the Nationals their seventh straight win and presented it to them with a tidy bow.

The Orioles' latest eyesore of a performance -- this one resulting in a 8-4 loss in front of an announced 35,562 at Nationals Park -- featured another critical error by third baseman Mark Reynolds, whose errant throw led to the Nationals' four-run fifth inning off rookie Zach Britton, who had seemingly been in complete control.