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Thru 6: Taking a beating

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The sixth-inning carnage started with the last two batters Ross Detwiler faced, who both singled off the soon-to-be departed Nationals starter. That was only the beginning of it.

By the time the sixth was over, the Orioles had scored eight runs, the most the Nationals have allowed in an inning this year. It’s now 11-1 in the top of the seventh.

There’s plenty of places where the sixth went bad—Detwiler’s two singles to start it and bring the Nationals’ bullpen into the mix, the Cristian Guzman error that negated a would-be double play to end the inning and the two hits and a walk Ron Villone gave up. But the star of the show had to be Joel Hanrahan, who gave up four runs on three hits while walking one and recording just one out. Hanrahan’s ERA is now 7.71, and the idea of him finishing games for the Nationals again has to be a pipe dream at best.

Brad Bergesen left the game comfortably after six innings, having given up just one run on four hits. The rest of this one is a mere formality.

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