They went 19-6 with Ian Desmond on the DL, and now the Nationals are poised to welcome back their All-Star shortstop.
Stephen Strasburg capped Washington's longest road trip of the season by winning his third straight start in a 6-4 victory over the Giants.
The Nats knocked the struggling Tim Lincecum out after only four innings, getting his pitch count all the way up to 96.
The Orioles' manager agrees with the team in planning to shut down their ace some time in September.
The Nationals' shortstop could be activated as soon as Friday against the New York Mets.