BALTIMORE –- Manny Machado gave Jonathan Schoop some advice when he came to the plate. Tanner Roark had struck out Jimmy Paredes and J.J. Hardy for the first two outs of the ninth.
The score was tied at 2, and Machado, who has known Schoop for the past five years gave him some orders.
“Manny told me to hit a double for me to drive you in or hit a home run, one of those two. I said I’m going to try to hit a double for you and you drive me in. I didn’t want to be selfish, you know?”
Schoop drove a 2-2 pitch just into the left field stands, and the Orioles had a 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals before 46,289 at Oriole Park on Friday night.
Machado and the rest of the happy Orioles jumped all over Schoop as he crossed home plate.
“We’re brothers, and I know he’s really happy for me right now,” Schoop said.
Schoop returned from more than two months on the disabled list with a sprained right knee, and he has five home runs in 10 games.
The Orioles (44-42), who had lost eight of 10, will go into the All-Star break with at least a .500 record.
It’s always a boisterous crowd during “The Battle of the Beltways,” and the players sense it, too.
The Orioles have a far better record at home (27-16) than on the road (17-26), and coming off a road trip where they lost five of six.
“This is our home. We love to play here. We love to play in front of our fans. You can’t find a better atmosphere in baseball, I don’t think. And I think we thrive off that, we really do. I think we’ve shown that over the years and it’s fun to play in front of our fans,” Chris Tillman said.
Tillman worked through six innings, and has now started seen straight times without a loss.
The Orioles were down 2-1 entering the eighth and won for the first time this season when trailing after seven. They were 0-36.
“It’s nice because you want to win the games you should win, and also when you can sneak away with some wins that maybe you’ve been trailing late in the game, it’s nice to be able to scratch those off and see where you are at the end of the year,” Matt Wieters said.
Wieters’ double off Matt Thornton scored Chris Parmelee in the eighth to tie the score at 2. Parmelee led off with an infield single against Casey Janssen. He had been 1-for-23.
Zach Britton (1-0) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Roark (4-4) had two quick outs, and was a strike from sending the game into extra innings.
Tillman labored through six innings and gave up two runs, but he got only one run in return when Adam Jones homered to left field leading off the fourth. It was his 12th of the season, and his eighth in 39 games against the Nationals.
Tillman, who allowed just one hit in the first four innings, allowed five in the fifth. Clint Robinson and Ian Desmond started the inning with singles. Jose Lobaton grounded into a double play, and Tyler Moore’s double scored Robinson to tie the score. Michael A. Taylor’s single drove in Moore, and the Nationals (46-39) led 2-1.
Tillman allowed two runs on eight hits in six innings.
Gio Gonzalez didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning and left after walking Jimmy Paredes to start the seventh.
“We kept the team in the game pitching-wise. That guy (Gonzalez) is good. He’s a good pitcher. And you knew it was going to be a low-scoring game from the get-go. It was fun to be a part of,” Tillman said.
Manager Buck Showalter said that Wieters, who caught on consecutive days for the first time on Monday and Tuesday, won’t be doing the same on Saturday.
‘We're not going to do the back to back again until after the break and see where we are,” Showalter said.
Caleb Joseph will catch on Saturday night, Wieters on Snday.
“Doing the every other day, I feel I’m available every day to where I can go in and catch if I need to as opposed to catching back-to-back it kind of handcuffs the ability to make a move late and go back behind the plate so I think it felt good doing it, but I think a little bit longer will be good for my arm,” Wieters said.
NOTES: The crowd was the largest of the season and the fourth sellout. … Jordan Zimmermann (7-5, 3.04) faces Miguel Gonzalez (7-5, 3.87) on Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. The game will televised on FOX.