Ian Desmond blasted a solo home run, his only hit in four at-bats, as the Nationals won by a 6-2 margin over the Orioles on Wednesday.
Desmond's fourth-inning homer padded the Nats' lead to 4-1 at the time. The shortstop has been swinging the bat better since a late-June slump. He has a .240/.291/.427 slash line with 16 home runs and 54 RBI on the season.
Wilson Ramos went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, as the Nationals defeated the Orioles on Wednesday.
Ramos has been on fire since returning from the disabled list on June 26, logging a hit in all ten games to push his overall hitting streak to 12. His second-inning solo shot, his third of the year, gave the Nationals a 3-1 lead. Ramos owns a productive .295/.345/.426 slash line in 142 plate appearances.
Jayson Werth walked, hit an RBI double, and ripped a solo home run in four plate appearances as the Nationals emerged victorious over the Orioles on Thursday.
Werth doubled in the Nationals' first run and later scored in the first inning, then went yard to left field in the seventh inning to pad his team's lead. It was Werth's third homer and fifth multi-hit game in seven July games. The outfielder is now slashing .279/.364/.421 with nine home runs and 46 RBI.
Manny Machado had three hits in four at-bats, including a solo home run, in Wednesday's defeat at the hands of the Nationals.
The Orioles didn't have a whole lot going for them offensively against Doug Fister. Machado's fourth-inning solo homer brought the Orioles back to 4-2, but that was the extent of their offense. The 21-year-old third baseman has homered in five out of his last eight games and is on a six-game hitting streak. Machado owns a .269/.315/.423 slash line with nine home runs and 20 RBI.
Mookie Betts doubled twice and scored twice as the Red Sox came from behind to beat the White Sox 5-4.
Betts was hit by a pitch and scored the tying run on Daniel Nava's double in the ninth. The Red Sox then won the game on Brock Holt's single to right. Betts also had an outfield assist in the game. Hopefully, the Red Sox are going to give him a chance to play regularly after yanking him in and out of the lineup in his first 10 days in the majors.
Making his first start since June 21, Bud Norris struggled, allowing five runs in four innings in Wednesday's loss to the Nationals.
Norris showed a little rust, as two of the six hits he allowed were solo home runs to Wilson Ramos and Ian Desmond. He walked one while striking out only two. Norris, now 7-6, has a 3.96 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, and a 62/29 K/BB ratio. The right-hander will have to take on the Athletics on the road to kick off the second half of the season following the All-Star break.
Ruddy De La Rosa yielded three runs and two homers in five innings Wednesday against the White Sox.
Homers from Jose Abreu and Conor Gillaspie scored the first two runs. The third came on a Mike Napoli error, but the run was declared earned because of a triple afterwards. De La Rosa could be sent right back down to Triple-A now because the Red Sox won't need him again until after the break, but he should be the team's fifth starter in the second half. Assuming that happens, he'll be worth playing in AL-only leagues and deeper mixed leagues.
Doug Fister improved his record to 8-2 after limiting the Orioles to two runs over seven innings on Wednesday.
Fister put together his fourth consecutive quality start, holding the Orioles to seven hits -- including Manny Machado's solo home run -- and two walks while striking out three. Fister has turned out to be exactly what the Nationals hoped for when they traded for him, as he now carries a 2.90 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and a 45/8 K/BB ratio. When the Nationals return from the All-Star break, Fister will take the hill against the Brewers at home.