- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 23, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran reliever Danys Baez got his first major league hit in the 12th inning to spark a two-run uprising, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 Friday night to end a four-game losing streak.

With the Baltimore bench down to one player in this interleague duel, Baez reached on a squibber down the third-base line against Kip Wells (0-2) with two outs and no one on base. After Brian Roberts followed with a ground-rule double, Adam Jones lined a two-run double into the left-field corner.

The 31-year-old Baez (3-1) had not batted since 2003. The right-hander also pitched two shutout innings, and George Sherrill worked the 12th for his eighth save in 10 tries.

Washington managed only four hits — one after the fourth inning — and fell to 0-6 in extra innings. The Nationals have been outscored 14-0 after the ninth inning this season.

Both Washington runs came on a fourth-inning homer by Ryan Zimmerman.

Rich Hill, making his second start for Baltimore after starting the season on the disabled list with an elbow strain, allowed two runs and three hits in 5 2-3 innings.

He was replaced by Matt Albers, who retired all four batters after being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk earlier in the day.

Nationals rookie Jordan Zimmermann gave up two runs, six hits and a walk over seven innings in his seventh start. The right-hander struck out seven in the longest appearance of his brief career.

Zimmermann yielded 21 runs and 28 hits in his previous four starts.

Nolan Reimhold gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead with his second homer in eight games since his recall from Triple-A Norfolk, a second-inning shot to left field on a 3-1 pitch from Zimmermann.

Baltimore added a run in the third when Roberts hit a two-out double and Jones followed with an RBI single.

Zimmerman tied it in the fourth with an opposite-field drive to right after Nick Johnson led off with a single.

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