THE RESULT:  The Washington Nationals lost their third straight one-run game, depsite having early leads in all three, to the Baltimore Orioles, 4-3.

Consecutive two-out hits against Tyler Clippard (L, 8-5) in the eighth inning by Corey Patterson and Miguel Tejada made the difference.

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The Nats are now 7-17 in June, have lost four in a row and 12 of their last 15 games.  For the season, they are 33-43.

Roger Bernadina hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning to make the score 3-0 against O's starter Jeremy Guthire.  But as has been the case all series with the Orioles, the Nats put away their bats after the fourth.

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Washington did not score a run against Baltimore's bullpen in the three games.

The key sequences came in the eighth innng  The Nats got their first two batters on against Orioles reliever Will Ohman, but Ohman struck out the next hitter, Adam Dunn, on three pitches.  O's interim manager Juan Samuel then called on David Hernandez, and he proceeded to strike out Josh Willingham and Roger Berndina -- on six pitches.

In the Orioles' half, Julio Lugo hit a one-out double, but was then picked off second by catcher Wil Nieves.  Undaunted, the O's got to Clippard with the hits by Patterson and Tejada for the game-winner.

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Clippard had a miserable weekend.  Friday night he was clobbered for the loss and Sunday couldn't get the job done again, even when given an out on the terrible play by Lugo.  In both appearances, he left his pitches up in the zone and out over the plate.

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Nats starter Luis Atilano kept his team in the game, going seven innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on just five hits.  He did not walk a batter and struck out three.

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THE GOOD:  Roger Bernadina.  The right fielder went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk.

THE BAD:  Nyjer Morgan followed up his excellent game Saturday going 0-for-4.

THE UGLY:  The O's tied the game in the fifth, when Adam Kennedy threw a ball into the O's dugout  on a double-play attempt.  It was a poor decision to throw, as the runner would have beaten the throw easily regardless.

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NEXT GAME:  Tomorrow against Atlanta at 7:05 pm.  Stephen Strasburg (2-1, 1.78) faces Tim Hudson (7-3. 2.54).