BALTIMORE - Danny Espinosa might be hitting .200 this season, but it's tough to say he hasn't been opportunistic. All six of his homers - including the one he hit in the second inning against the Orioles tonight - have come with men on base, and he leads all National League rookies with 25 RBIs.
And most importantly for the Nationals, their shutout streak ended at 20 innings.
They lead the Orioles 3-0 in the third inning now, and look like they'll have a chance to take advantage of a team that's allowed 25 runs in its last three games. Jake Arrieta has allowed three hits and two walks so far, and both of his free passes came before Espinosa's shot to left. Jason Marquis has allowed two hits and a walk so far, but Espinosa's homer is the difference.
The Nationals, it should be noted, took early leads in all three games here last year before losing each game in one of their more unusual sweeps. But they're off to a good start tonight.