The Baltimore Orioles hadn’t swept Washington Nationals in 3-game series at Camden Yards since 2010.
Orioles starter John Means allowed just two hits before the sixth, when he hit Alcides Escobar for the second time with a pitch and allowed a single to Trea Turner. After getting Juan Soto to fly out to center field and striking out Josh Bell, Means allowed a three-run home run to Ryan Zimmerman that gave Washington a 4-3 lead.
Brad Hand hit Franco, gave up a single to McKenna and walked Austin Hays to start the ninth. Pat Valaika tied the game with a sacrifice fly before Urías hit a hard ground ball that was snagged by third baseman Carter Kieboom, who threw to the plate. McKenna slid home with the winning run, and the play was upheld after a replay review.
Hand blew his fourth save opportunity in 24 chances.
“In the ninth inning, you don’t expect that to happen,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “It was a tough one. … We have to put it behind us. You can’t do nothing about these three losses.”
RHP Stephen Strasburg (neck strain) will see a specialist Monday. He still feels discomfort when he throws off the mound. Strasburg has not pitched since June 1. RHP Max Scherzer played catch Sunday after he was scratched from a scheduled start the previous day because of right triceps discomfort. Martinez said the team is still evaluating Scherzer.