Daniel Murphy

Orioles give up two runs in eighth on Soto's double off Givens, lose to Nationals, 4-2

Orioles give up two runs in eighth on Soto's double off Givens, lose to Nationals, 4-2

How does a team with nothing to lose still manage to lose like this?

On Thursday night at Nationals Park, the Orioles fell, 4-2, and lost for a major league-high 52nd time in a game that was made all the more puzzling by the way they almost avoided that fate.

A returning Colby Rasmus, whose presence on the roster after an 11-week disabled list stint baffled much of the Orioles clubhouse, started one of the team's best defensive plays of the season with a double play from right field to home plate on a tag play to end the seventh inning. They’d just chased Max Scherzer, the front-runner for a third consecutive NL Cy Young Award, and had kept themselves from falling...

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