Thru 6: Homer gives Orioles lead

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We’re through six here at Camden Yards, and the Orioles have taken a 4-3 lead over the Nationals on a bizarre home run in the fifth inning.

Nolan Reimold hit a fly ball to left that seemed to hang in the air forever. It disappeared into the lights as Josh Willingham tried to track it. But as he stood with his hands in the air, signaling he’d lost the ball, it reappeared in the second row of the left-field stands.

Would Willingham have had a chance to catch the ball if he’d been able to track it? Not a great one. But he at least could’ve made an attempt had he not lost it in the lights.

Shairon Martis finished with four runs on six hits in five innings, throwing only 57 of his 98 pitches for strikes. Not one of his better nights, though he probably did enough to give the Nats a chance to win. In fact, they could be ahead if they hadn’t missed another chance to score with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, when Ronnie Belliard hit into a 5-2 fielder’s choice and Austin Kearns grounded into an inning-ending double play.

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