Roark on erratic first inning: “Couldn’t locate, it’s as simple as that”

The Nationals hoped a return to their home field would jumpstart a weary bunch after a tough nine-game road trip ended Tuesday in Baltimore. On the mound was right-hander Tanner Roark, who had worked at least seven innings in 11 of his previous 16 starts. But Roark was not his usual reliant self on Wednesday night. Roark allowed four runs in the first inning, including ... read more

Late rally fizzles in 10-8 loss to Orioles, Nats’ fourth straight

The Orioles continued their mastery of the Nationals with a 10-8 win at Nats Park before a sellout crowd of 39,100. Baltimore has defeated the Nationals in 17 of 23 meetings dating to 2011. With the win, the Orioles have now won the season series from the Nationals for five straight seasons. The Nationals have lost four straight games. Right-hander Tanner Roark could not find ... read more

Solis makes progress with left shoulder rehab

Left-hander Sammy Solis has been on the disabled list since with left shoulder inflammation since Aug.16. Before today’s game, he was in the Nationals clubhouse preparing for another workout. Solis confirmed that he initially felt soreness in his shoulder after earning the win in a 5-4 victory over the Rockies on Aug. 15. Solis (2-3) notched the victory by pitching one inning, scattering two hits ... read more

Revere’s struggles have not deterred Baker’s confidence

Manager Dusty Baker opted to give center fielder Ben Revere the night off in Baltimore on Tuesday. Revere has struggled, hitting .186 (18-for-97) in his last 30 games, with one homer, seven RBIs and nine strikeouts. Revere has not played as much recently with the addition of Trea Turner and his introduction to center field. His on-base percentage is just .259 this season, well off ... read more

Turner goes for career-high four hits, but pair of overturned calls stunt Nats chances

BALTIMORE - Center fielder Trea Turner continues to impact every game he plays at the big league level, and has pretty much erased one of the Nationals’ early season weaknesses. Turner went 4-for-4 in an 8-1 loss to the Orioles. The four hits, three singles and a double, were a career-high. The top of the order is generating offense again, thanks to Turner. But the ... read more

Lopez rocked early as Orioles drop the Nats, 8-1

BALTIMORE - A rough start for Nationals right-hander Reynaldo Lopez in an 8-1 setback to the Orioles. Lopez could not get through the third inning, as Baltimore scored six runs early to hand the Nationals their third straight loss. The Orioles scored three runs on four hits in the first two innings, racing out to a 3-0 advantage. Mark Trumbo and Adam Jones smacked RBI ... read more

Baker hoping for long work again tonight from his starter

BALTIMORE - Despite the loss to the Orioles on Monday, Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy praised right-hander A.J. Cole for his career-high seven innings that kept the Nationals in the ball game. The Nats lost 4-3, but Cole helped give the team’s taxed bullpen a day of rest it desperately needed in the midst a stretch that features 20 games without an off day. Manager ... read more

Baker: Nats need to get better in close games

BALTIMORE - Nationals manager Dusty Baker spoke of the importance of one-run games during postgame Monday following the 4-3 loss to the Orioles. With the loss Monday, the Nationals are 19-15 (.559) in one-run games this season. Baker likened close games like last night’s contest as similar to what you will encounter in a playoff series: Good pitching and crucial late game at-bats spelling the ... read more