GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals came into Thursday night looking for a series win against the Orioles, but a rocky first three innings by Gio Gonzalez set the tone for what ended up a close loss for Washington.
The Nats came back with a run in the fourth and two more in the sixth to cut the game to just one run. Looking back, however, it was defensive mistakes and blown opportunities at the plate that did the Nationals in in the final game of this rain-shortened interleague series.
The Nationals fell by the score of 4-3, a tough loss when put under the microscope. The defensive miscues came in a three-run third inning for the Orioles, an uncharacteristic showing for the Nats who entered the night with a team-record, 13-game errorless streak.
In the third Jayson Werth helped allow a run on an RBI double by Adam Jones, as the Nats’ outfielder over-ran a ball that bounced near the foul line. The next play saw Nelson Cruz hit an infield RBI single that brought in another run on an Ian Desmond throw to third that flew over the head of Anthony Rendon. Desmond had no play at third after Cruz’ slow grounder brought him into shallow center and should have held on to the ball. In hindsight, it was a very costly mistake.