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With a chance to pick up yet another series victory, the Nationals turned to Gio Gonzalez, who had been dominant over the last few weeks.
The Orioles scored six runs in the 11th inning, five of them charged to Nats reliever Craig Stammen, in an 8-2 victory at Nationals Park on Monday night.
Monday's 8-2 loss to the Orioles was merely the latest extra-inning disaster for the Nationals, who are now 2-8 when the game extends beyond the ninth.
With the temperature 59 degrees at first pitch and fog rolling in that at times became so dense fielders struggled to see fly balls, the Nationals were battling more than just the Chicago Cubs after they fell behind 3-0 in the fourth inning of a 5-3 defeat.
The Nationals improved to 3-7 against Atlanta. They increased their division lead over the Braves to 1 1/2 games. Roark (7-4) went 5 1/3 innings, allowing a run and four hits.
Craig Stammen joined an exclusive club on Sunday: The Nationals reliever became the rare major-leaguer to graduate from college.
By the time the 12th inning rolled around, the San Diego Padres were without third baseman Chase Headley - his strained calf could send him to the disabled list - and left fielder Seth Smith, who hurt a groin muscle.
After his Washington Nationals went 0 for 16 with runners in scoring position and left 14 men on base, manager Matt Williams repeated the words "opportunity" and "opportunities" and "chance" and "chances" over and over.
The frustration was palpable in the clubhouse after the latest Nationals' loss, this time 4-3 in 12 innings to the San Diego Padres on Thursday night at Nationals Park.