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Washington Nationals vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick & Prediction JUL 25TH 2021

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John Means and the Baltimore Orioles will go for a three-game sweep of the visiting Washington Nationals on Sunday.

The Orioles, who have won five of seven, are helping to ruin what was supposed to be a welcome six-game stretch for Washington. The Nationals went 2-1 against the last-place Miami Marlins and are 0-2 versus last-place Baltimore.

Means (4-3, 2.72 ERA) makes his second start since missing six weeks with a shoulder strain. Last time out, he allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings in a loss to the Rays in his first start since June 5. He struck out two without a walk.

"I was just throwing too many strikes, too many pitches over the plate," Means said. "I thought I was attacking, and so were they. I had too many fat pitches today."

Means allowed three runs in 2/3 of an inning in his only previous appearance against the Nationals.

Washington had planned to start left-hander Jon Lester in the finale, but that changed Saturday when Max Scherzer had to be scratched from his start with right triceps discomfort. Lester moved up a day on full rest, and now right-hander Paolo Espino (2-2, 3.00) will do the same.

Espino allowed four hits in five scoreless innings in a win Tuesday against the Marlins. He struck out three without a walk and retired the last eight hitters he faced.

"Today was one of those days where everything you throw, you feel comfortable, you feel good," he said. "That was a good feeling today."

Espino has never faced the Orioles.

Matt Harvey tossed six shutout innings for the second consecutive start and the Orioles held on to defeat the Nationals 5-3 on Saturday.

Trey Mancini and Ryan Mountcastle homered for Baltimore, which was swept at Washington in May and now has a chance to return the favor.

Juan Soto hit his 17th homer of the season, and sixth since the All-Star break. Washington scored three late runs off the Orioles bullpen, but it wasn't enough to overcome a 5-0 deficit.

"We came in hoping to win two out of three. Now (we try to) come out tomorrow and win a game tomorrow and go from there," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "We still got a lot of baseball left, we really do. Our offense needs to get it going again."

In their past three games, the Nationals have 16 hits and have left 18 runners on base.

"We were swinging the bats so well, and now all of a sudden, we're not," Martinez said. "We've got to get back to staying in the middle of the field, getting ready early and trying not to do too much. Just hit line drives in gaps and try not to do a whole lot."

Orioles reliever Tanner Scott hit two batters to load the bases in the eighth. Trea Turner singled in two runs, but Scott got Soto to pop out.

"He made the pitch of the game getting Soto out there," manager Brandon Hyde said. "I think we all know that he's got electric stuff. The fastball's upper 90s, the slider's a wipeout slider. At times, he can be a little erratic. I think you kind of have to ride the wave a little bit."

--Field Level Media

Washington Nationals vs. Baltimore Orioles Recap JUL 25TH 2021

Ryan McKenna slid home safely on Ramon Urias's fielder's choice grounder to cap a two-run ninth inning and the Baltimore Orioles rallied past the visiting Washington Nationals 5-4 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Maikel Franco was hit by a pitch leading off against Brad Hand (5-4). McKenna followed with a single to right center and Franco went to third. Pinch hitter Austin Hays walked to load the bases and Pat

Valaika's deep fly out to right scored Franco with the tying run and sent McKenna to third.

Pinch hitter Urias grounded to third baseman Carter Kieboom, who threw home. McKenna slid in head first and was called safe. The play stood after a review.

Ryan Zimmerman's three-run homer gave the Nationals to a 4-3 lead in the sixth.

McKenna hit his first major league homer, and Trey Mancini and Franco also went deep for Baltimore.

Zimmerman drove in all four runs for Washington, which finished a six-game stretch against the last-place Marlins and Orioles with a 2-4 mark.

Washington starter Paolo Espino allowed three runs on five hits -- three of them solo homers -- in five innings.

Cole Sulser (3-1) got the final out in the top of the ninth with two men on. John Means went 6 2/3 innings for Baltimore. He allowed four runs on five hits.

The Nationals loaded the bases with no outs against Means in the first on a hit batsman, single and a walk. After Josh Bell popped out, Zimmerman grounded into a fielder's choice, scoring Alcides Escobar, and Josh Harrison grounded out.

Mancini tied the score with one out in the bottom half when he hit his second homer in two games.

In the bottom of the second, Franco gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead with a solo shot to left.

McKenna homered on a 3-2 fastball with two outs in the fourth to make it 3-1.

In the sixth, Escobar was again hit by a pitch and Trea Turner singled. After Juan Soto popped out and Bell struck out, Zimmerman, in a 9-for-68 slump, sent a high fastball out to center for his 11th homer of the season, giving the Nationals a 4-3 lead.

--Field Level Media

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