The Orioles reaped their revenge against the Nationals without further incident, sweeping their beltway battle with a 5-4 victory over the Nationals Thursday afternoon in front of an announced 28,456 in the makeup game of Monday¿s rainout.
Both dugouts emptied Wednesday night in the ninth inning of the Orioles' 4-3 comeback win when third baseman Manny Machado was hit on the left shoulder by a Jonathan Papelbon 93-mph fastball after Machado had hit a go-ahead two-run homer in his previous at-bat.
On Wednesday, Bud Norris struggled through his shortest outing of the season. He failed to get an out in the fifth inning, and Orioles pitchers gave up three homers in a 6-2 loss in front of an announced 35,575 at Camden Yards.
CHICAGO (AP) ¿ Jeff Samardzija thought he would dominate the way he often does. Instead, he walked away frustrated with another loss. Samardzija struggled in a rare rough outing and the Chicago Cubs lost 7-2 to Washington, completing a day-night doubleheader sweep on a rainy Saturday night.
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