The Orioles have a pair of three-game sweeps this year and they have come against clubs that are currently in first place, and both came on the road. They swept Boston in a season-opening series at Fenway Park in April and they swept three from Houston in late June. Today, after wins by 6-1 and 5-3 the last two nights, they can sweep the Washington Nationals at Oriole Park.
Last night the Orioles (33-64) moved out to a 5-0 lead and held off the Nats late for the win. Trey Mancini (No. 17) and Ryan Mountcastle (No. 16) hit solo homers and Austin Hays added an RBI double in the win.
Lefty John Means (4-3, 2.72 ERA) today will make his 14th start and second since coming off the injured list. On Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla., he gave up seven hits and five runs over five innings versus Tampa Bay. Means has recorded a WHIP of 0.868 in 76 innings, allowing 6.3 hits, 1.5 walks and 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings.
In nine home games this season, he is 3-2 with a 2.03 ERA and 0.763 WHIP. In eight career interleague starts, he is 1-3 with a 4.10 ERA and 1.313 WHIP.
Right-hander Paolo Espino (2-2, 3.00 ERA) gets the start for Washington. Espino, 34, from Panama, has thrown 51 innings for the season over 22 games, including six starts. He has allowed 7.8 hits and 1.6 walks per…