Published May 20, 2011
BALTIMORE – Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven solid innings to win for the first time since opening day, and Nolan Reimold's two-run homer keyed a four-run third inning as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Washington Nationals 8-3 on Saturday.
Guthrie (2-6) allowed just two unearned runs and hadn't won in his past seven starts. He came in with the poorest run support of any American League starter. The Orioles, who ended a four-game losing streak, hadn't scored while he was on the mound in his previous three starts.
He allowed two unearned runs in the third inning when first baseman Brandon Snyder booted a ball that Laynce Nix hit. Guthrie allowed five hits, striking out four and walking one.
The Orioles scored four runs off John Lannan (2-5) in the third. Lannan, who hasn't won in his last six starts, gave up six runs in six-plus innings, allowing a season-high nine hits. Lannan struck out six and walked one.
Washington took a brief 2-0 lead in the third when Jerry Hairston singled with one out. With two outs, Ian Desmond hit a ground-rule double. Nix grounded to first, but the ball went off Snyder's glove, and both runners scored.
Baltimore took a 4-2 lead off Lannan in the third. Reimold hit a two-run homer to left — his first after being recalled Friday from Triple-A Norfolk. With two outs, Adam Jones bunted for a base hit. Nick Markakis singled to left, and with Jones tearing around second, Nix mishandled the ball for an error, allowing Jones to score. Markakis scored on Vladimir Guerrero's RBI single.
The Orioles added four more in the seventh on Robert Andino's RBI double and run-scoring singles by Markakis, Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy.
Jim Johnson worked the eighth and Koji Uehara allowed a run in the ninth on Wilson Ramos' sacrifice fly.
Notes: The Orioles reinstated RHP Alfredo Simon from the restricted list. Simon, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the Dominican Republic, will work out of the bullpen. ... INF Cesar Izturis was transferred from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list. ... 2B Brian Roberts, on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion, has not resumed physical activity. Roberts said he still has headaches, and is unsure about when he might return. "It's not life and death, but when it comes to baseball right now, today it's not great," Roberts said. ... RHP Jason Berken who was sent to Norfolk by Baltimore on Friday, will start on Tuesday for the Tides, manager Buck Showalter said. ... Willie Randolph coached third base for the Orioles. John Russell, normally the third base coach, had an injection in a knee. ... Washington 1B Adam LaRoche singled in the second inning to break an 0-for-26 streak. ... Wieters has a 10-game hitting streak. ... Hardy's single broke an 0-for-23 slump. ... Guerrero had his career-high seventh straight multihit game.