BALTIMORE — The reason the Nationals lead the National League East can be summed up in one word: pitching.
Former Ray Edwin Jackson hammered home that point against the Orioles on Saturday night, taking a one-hitter into the seventh inning to provide Washington with a 3-1 victory.
Adam LaRoche homered for the Nationals, who are 10-7 in interleague play and 2-3 against Baltimore.
Jackson retired the first 12 batters and permitted only one runner past first base through six innings. He appeared dominant, but it was actually a struggle.
"It was kind of a funny game because Edwin didn't feel too good when he started the game," manager Davey Johnson said.
Said Jackson: "I wasn't sick. It was just one of those days you don't have blow-away stuff. You just have to go out and pitch. That's pretty much what it was from the time I started throwing in the pen."