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Nationals beat Orioles 8-4 for 7th straight victory

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerry Hairston doubled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 Friday night, extending their winning streak to seven games despite giving up a season-high 18 hits.

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Roger Bernadina homered and Ian Desmond had two hits and two RBIs for the Nationals, whose seven-game run is their longest since the final week of the 2009 season. Hairston had three hits and scored twice.

Derrek Lee went 5 for 5, and Adam Jones and Nick Markakis had four hits apiece for the Orioles. But Baltimore stranded 12 and went 4 for 14 with runners in scoring position.

The game, dubbed the Battle of the Beltways, attracted a crowd of 35,562. The Nationals entered the weekend averaging 21,735 per contest.

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