So much for Interleague Play, 2012. Not that Baltimore wanted to see it end.
The Orioles seemed to enjoy themselves playing against their NL adversaries this season. They went 11-7 and matched a franchise high in wins against the Senior Circuit (that's the National League for you young'uns). And they won six of seven interleague series.
Not too shabby.
Plus, taking two out of three against the first-place Nationals could bode well for the remainder of this homestand. The Orioles get ready to host Los Angeles and Cleveland after an off-day Monday.
But it was how they won the two of three against the Nats, with quality pitching and timely hitting - a 2-1 victory Friday and a 2-1 win Sunday, sandwiched around a 3-1 loss Saturday night.
Winning two of three with a grand total of five runs? The Birds will take it.
Orioles pessimists might glare at an anemic offense over the weekend. The club went 1 for 16 with runners in scoring position against Washington. But remember, the Nationals are atop the NL East mainly because of their arms.
The Orioles didn't need too much offense Friday thanks to starter Jason Hammel's gem, and after Saturday's loss they got a late lift Sunday afternoon courtesy of Matt Wieters' two-run homer in the eighth to send the hometown fans home happy.
And those fans came out in droves to watch this "Battle of the Beltway" series despite warm temperatures and humid conditions.
Sunday's attendance was 41,794, and the weekend total of 133,893 over three games was the highest for any home series this season.
Let's see if the crowds continue to be large for the Angels and Indians later this week.