Pearce HR Helps Orioles Squeeze Past Nationals 4-3
Baltimore Orioles' Steve Pearce, left, high-fives teammate Adam Jones after Pearce scored on a single by Nelson Cruz and Jones scored on a throwing error by Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond in the third inning of Thursday's game. (Photo: AP)
BALTIMORE (AP) - Steve Pearce homered and scored twice to help Wei-Yin Chen earn his ninth victory, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Thursday night for their eighth win in 10 games.
Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz both drove in a run for the Orioles, who built a 4-0 lead in the third inning and held on. Baltimore took two of three from the Nationals in this rain-shortened, home-and-home interleague showdown between division leaders.
Jayson Werth homered for Washington and Ryan Zimmerman had two hits and an RBI.
Chen (9-3) gave up three runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings, walking none and striking out six. The Taiwanese left-hander is 6-1 in 12 starts since May 3, and his nine wins are most on the team. He was 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in his previous two starts against the Nationals.