MLB Game Summary - Washington at Boston|
(Sunday, June 10th)
Final Score: Washington 4, Boston 3
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Roger Bernadina knocked in the go-ahead run in
the top of the ninth inning, as the Washington Nationals snuck past the Boston
Red Sox, 4-3, to complete a three-game sweep.
The Red Sox sent Alfredo Aceves (0-4) to the mound in the ninth. Pinch-hitter
Bryce Harper walked and raced home on Bernadina's two-out double down the
Tyler Clippard worked around a one-out walk in the bottom half of the frame to
pick up his eighth save of the year.
Danny Espinosa had two RBI for Washington, which swept the Red Sox for the
first time since 1999 when the organization still resided north of the border
and was known as the Montreal Expos. Ryan Zimmerman added an RBI.
Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann gave up three runs on seven hits over
seven innings. Tom Gorzelanny (2-1) tossed a scoreless eighth to get the win.
"(Zimmermann) pitched a heck of a ball game and I feel bad that we didn't win
it for him," said Nationals manager Davey Johnson.
David Ortiz hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who have lost six of seven.
Scott Podsednik and Dustin Pedroia had an RBI apiece.
Boston's Jon Lester allowed three runs on six hits over seven full frames.
"Good umpires had a real bad series this series. A real bad series," said Red
Sox manager Bobby Valentine. "It went one way."
The Nationals got on the board in the first. Espinosa led off with a double to
left-center field, moved to third when Xavier Nady flied out and scored on
The Red Sox tied the game in the third. Nick Punto walked and Podsednik
singled to put men on the corners with one out. Pedroia plated a run when he
grounded into a fielder's choice.
Ortiz's solo homer in the fourth gave Boston a 2-1 lead.
Washington scored two runs in the seventh to go back in front. Ian Desmond and
Tyler Moore hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. With two outs,
Espinosa hit a two-run double to left for a 3-2 margin.
But the Red Sox tied the game in the bottom of the frame. Ryan Sweeney and
Punto hit consecutive singles. Darnell McDonald's sacrifice bunt moved the
runners up a base and Podsednik plated the tying run when he grounded out.
Washington (35-23) is 12 games over .500 for the first time this season. The
last time the Nationals reached 12-over was in July 2005 (55-43 after 98
games)...Nationals catcher Jesus Flores took a foul ball off his right hand in
the bottom of the eighth...The Red Sox placed pitcher Rich Hill on the 15-day
disabled list Sunday and recalled right-handed pitcher Mark Melancon from
Triple-A Pawtucket...Harper was not in Sunday's starting lineup because of
lower back tightness.
06/11 00:13:30 ET