WASHINGTON - These days the Orioles just don't want to play just nine innings, and that was the case again Friday night in Washington, D.C.
By Oriole standards, Friday night's game against the Nationals was a short one lasting only 11 innings. In the past two weeks, they've played 13, 17 and 15 inning games. All wins, just like last night.
With two outs in the 11th and the game tied 1-1, Nick Markakis stepped to the plate with two outs. After working the count to 2-2, Markakis planted reliever Ryan Mattheus' pitch in the second deck in right field.
Pedro Strop came on in the bottom of the 11th and escaped a jam to notch his third save of the year. The win improved the Orioles to 6-2 in extra innings, with all six wins coming on the road.
The O's maintained their hold on first place in the American League East and thanks to a loss by the Tampa Bay Rays, the Orioles actually extended their lead in the division to two games.
Jake Arrieta turned in the team's fourth consecutive quality start, going seven innings, striking out nine and giving up his only run when Nat's shortstop Ian Desmond blasted a pitch into the left field stands in the sixth.
Nats starter Edwin Jackson matched Arrieta. After giving up a run on an infield hit by Adam Jones in the first, Jackson settled down and put up zeroes for the next seven innings.
Game two in the Battle of the Beltway series gets underway Saturday night at 7:05.
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