After another loss where the Orioles didn't score much, Adam Jones talked about the club's recent struggles. The Orioles have scored just 15 runs over the last eight games and three runs in this series against the Nationals.
"Hitting is contagious," Jones said. "We are just not swinging the bats the way we want to. It's baseball. It happens. Edwin (Jackson) threw a great game. I was just texting him right now. He threw a great game, and sometimes you have to tip your cap to the man.
"That slider of his, he kept it down. He didn't hang too many of them. He did what he wanted to do."
The Nats' right-hander gave up just one run over 6 1/3 innings.
The Orioles went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position tonight and are now just 1-for-27 over their last six games when batting with RISP.
"It's baseball, and a lot of things are frustrating in baseball," Jones said. "We go up there swinging the bats, and we're not being passive. Right now, the hits aren't coming, but that's the game. There are times where you feel good at the plate, but things aren't happening. We still have a chance for a series win tomorrow."
Jones did enjoy playing in front of 46,298, the Orioles' fifth sellout of the year.
"The crowd was awesome," he said. "It's awesome to play in front of that many fans. You want to play in front of as many fans as you can. It gives you goosebumps at times."
O's starter Wei-Yin Chen gave up six hits and three runs (two earned) over six innings, as he fell to 7-3 on the year with an ERA of 3.38. He suffered a chipped nail on a finger on his left hand during the game.
"It was in the fourth inning, a comebacker caught me on the index finger. In the between innings, my finger was bleeding, so that's why Buck took me out," Chen said through his interpreter.
He said he did not expect the nail to be a problem going forward.
"Not at all," Chen said. "It's just part of the game. Physically, mentally and mechanically, I felt really great (tonight), but I had trouble after two strikes, I could not finish out."
Chen is now 0-2 with an ERA of 7.72 in two starts against the Nats and 7-1 with an ERA of 2.84 against everybody else.
"They are a really good team with a good lineup," he said. "Today, I didn't pitch good. I didn't have the good control and good command tonight."
Tonight's start was just the third time Chen pitched fewer than 5 1/3 innings, and two of those have come against Washington.
After the two-run loss had evened this series, Jones quickly turned his attention to Sunday's game.
"The first thing I said when we came back in here is throw this game away," Jones said. "Let's get the series win tomorrow. Pretty simple."