By most accounts, the Orioles should be about six runs ahead right now. They have banged out 10 hits in five innings against Jason Marquis, but were lucky to score two runs in the fourth inning -- on a terrible play at the plate by Nats catcher Wilson Ramos and an RBI double that was pitcher Zach Britton's first major league hit.

That gave the Orioles a two-run lead, which they were happy to give back an inning later, when an ugly throwing error by Mark Reynolds helped the Nationals turn a modest scoring opportunity into a four-run inning to take the lead.

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The Orioles had two runners on and no one out in two other innings, but -- as has become their custom -- did nothing with those opportunities while they waited for the Nationals to mount a comeback.

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