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Nationals, O’s face off to finish game, play another

The Baltimore Orioles were not expected to be a winning team at any point this season. Last year, they never swept a series, but now they’ve done it twice.

They finished a second sweep Thursday with an 11-4 victory in Philadelphia. The big hit was a three-run double from Anthony Santander. He’s now second in the American League with 19 RBIs and has them in seven consecutive games.

With the sweep behind them, the Orioles will greet the struggling Washington Nationals in a weekend series starting Friday with the resumption of a suspended game. Baltimore had a 5-2 lead last Sunday at Nationals Park, but it rained in the top of the sixth, and the tarp crew had problems covering the field — because it was a mechanical error, the game was suspended rather than being declared a full game.

Now, the Orioles have a surprising 10-7 record plus a five-game winning streak, their best run since 2017. Many in the lineup have hit well, including Santander.

“He has taken such good at-bats,” manager Brandon Hyde told the media Thursday. “He can stay on the ball so well.”

With the Nationals (6-9) staying in town for the weekend, the Orioles will be facing a team that’s trying to find its way.

Several moves were announced Thursday, all relating to pitching. Washington relief pitcher Sean Doolittle got put on the 10-day injured list (right knee fatigue, goes back to Aug. 11). He has a 15.00 ERA in three innings with a 0-1 record.

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