Sports Orioles complete three-game sweep of Nationals with 5-4 win
Goodwin HR, 4 hits as White Sox beat O's 8-3, win 4th in row
BALTIMORE (AP) — Brian Goodwin matched a career high with four hits, including a solo homer, and drove in three runs as the Chicago White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-3 Saturday for their fourth straight win. Chicago has won nine of its last 12 and has taken seven in a row from the Orioles dating to 2019, its longest streak against Baltimore since winning eight straight in 1989-90. The White Sox have outscored the Orioles 38-11 in six games this season. Goodwin hit cleanup for the sixth consecutive game after drawing three starts there in his first 375 career appearances.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Ryan McKenna scored on a sharp grounder by Ramon Urías for the winning run as the Baltimore Orioles completed a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals with a 5-4 victory on Sunday.
Trey Mancini, Maikel Franco and McKenna hit solo homers for the Orioles, who improved to 1-51 when trailing after eight innings.
“Overall, today was just a good day,” said McKenna, who hit his first major league home run. “I was glad that we were able to win that ballgame. Good vibes all around for the team."
Orioles starter John Means allowed just two hits before the sixth, when he hit Alcides Escobar for the second time with a pitch and allowed a single to Trea Turner. After getting Juan Soto to fly out to center field and striking out Josh Bell, Means allowed a three-run home run to Ryan Zimmerman that gave Washington a 4-3 lead.
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Brad Hand (5-4) hit Franco, gave up a single to McKenna and walked Austin Hays to start the ninth. Pat Valaika tied the game with a sacrifice fly before Urías hit a hard ground ball that was snagged by third baseman Carter Kieboom, who threw to the plate. McKennawith the winning run, and the play was upheld after a replay review.
Hand blew his fourth save opportunity in 24 chances.
“In the ninth inning, you don’t expect that to happen,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “It was a tough one. ... We have to put it behind us. You can't do nothing about these three losses.”
Cole Sulser (3-1) earned the win by throwing one-third of an inning.
Means, who made his second start for the Orioles since coming off the injured list on July 20 after a left shoulder strain, allowed four runs and five hits with two strikeouts and one walk over six innings. He also hit three batters.
Shooting outside Nationals Park halts Padres-Washington game
WASHINGTON (AP) — The game between the San Diego Padres and Washington was suspended in the sixth inning Saturday night after police said there was a shooting outside Nationals Park. The shooting, an exchange of gunfire between people in two cars, left three people injured, according to Ashan Benedict, the Metropolitan Police Department’s executive assistant police chief. One of the people who was shot was a woman who was attending the game and who was struck while she was outside the stadium, he said. Her injuries weren’t considered life-threatening.
“I felt a lot more in control today,” Means said. “I was hitting my spots a little better."
The Orioles managed their first sweep of Washington at Camden Yards since June 2010.
Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (neck strain) will see a specialist Monday. He still feels discomfort when he throws off the mound. Strasburg has not pitched since June 1. … RHP Max Scherzer played catch Sunday after he was scratched from a scheduled start the previous day because of right triceps discomfort. Martinez said the team is still evaluating Scherzer.
Orioles: INF Freddy Galvis (right quadriceps) is expected to play rehab games this week and could be back in the lineup by early August.
Nationals: RHP Joe Ross (5-8, 4.02 ERA) had no setbacks during his bullpen session Friday and will start the opener of a four-game series Monday in Philadelphia. Ross has been on the injured list since July 8 with right elbow inflammation.
Orioles: Spenser Watkins (2-0, 1.65) gets the start Tuesday against Miami. Watkins is only the second Orioles pitcher to allow one earned run or fewer in his first three major league starts, joining Dean Kremer.
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Todd Karpovich, The Associated Press
Albies, Duvall power Braves to 5-4 win over Nationals .
ATLANTA (AP) — Ozzie Albies and Adam Duvall each hit a two-run homer off Patrick Corbin, Max Fried pitched six strong innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 5-4 on Sunday. Albies was 3 for his last 26 when he went deep for the 18th time to make it 2-1 in the third inning. Corbin has allowed 27 homers, most in the National League, and is 0-4 with a 7.22 ERA in his last five starts. The lefty has lost his last five starts against Atlanta. The three-time defending East Division champion Braves, winners in five of six, began the day two games behind Philadelphia and in third place.