The Baltimore Orioles would get the best of the Washington Nationals in a game that witnessed eight home runs, grabbing a 9-6 victory.
Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman would launch three home runs Wednesday evening, a solo shot in the first and fourth innings, capped by a two-run shot in the fifth.
Zimmerman would add to his impressive offensive performance a pair of gold-glove worthy plays at third, both bare-handed charges that resulted in outs.
Despite his performance, Zimmerman would be bested by Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis‘ two home runs, a solo shot in the fourth inning and a two-run shot in the seventh that would spark a six-run inning for the Orioles.
Following a two-run homer by Steve Pearce in the seventh, the Orioles would extend their lead to 9-6 and would not look back.
Nationals starter Jordan Zimmerman was lit up by the Baltimore offense, surrendering seven runs on ten hits in six innings of work. Although it was his worst outing of the season, Zimmerman still boasts an 8-3 record and 2.37 ERA.
With his two long balls, Davis increased his home run total to 19 on the season, most in the major leagues. Davis has been dominant this season, serving as a triple crown threat since opening day. The Baltimore slugger is currently second in batting average (.359), first in home runs (19), and second in RBI (50) [in the American League].
The Orioles improved to 29-24 on the season and made their way within 2.5 games of the AL East divisional lead.