MLB Game Summary - Washington at Boston|
(Saturday, June 9th)
Final Score: Washington 4, Boston 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Daisuke Matsuzaka made his first appearance in
over a year for Boston on Saturday, but it made little difference as
Washington took a 4-2 win in the second of three games from Fenway Park.
Matsuzaka (0-1) last pitched on May 16, 2011 against Baltimore as he wound up
having Tommy John surgery shortly after that. He gave up four runs on five
hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in five innings.
"I like what I saw of him out there today," said Boston manager Bobby
Valentine about Matsuzaka. "He had some good movement on his pitches, fastball
was strong. You know, eight strikeouts in five innings is pretty good, just
have to work on the other stuff."
Gio Gonzalez (8-2) gave up two runs on three hits with two walks and five
strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings to grab the win. Ian Desmond drove in two while
Adam LaRoche hit a solo home run and Michael Morse added an RBI double for the
Nationals, who have won four of their last five games.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a pinch-hit, two-run single in the seventh for the
Red Sox, who have lost five of their last six games.
LaRoche led off the second with his 10th home run of the year and Washington
plated three more runs in the fourth.
Bryce Harper led off the frame with a walk and Ryan Zimmerman followed with a
single. After LaRoche struck out, Morse hit a ground-rule double to right to
score Harper. Desmond followed with a single to right to score both runners
for a 4-0 lead.
Boston had just one batter reach base in the first four innings and left men
on first and second in the fifth after Kelly Shoppach struck out to end the
The Red Sox put men on first and third with one out in the seventh, prompting
a pitching change as Craig Stammen took the hill. He walked Ryan Sweeney to
load the bases and that saw Mike Gonzalez take over on the mound.
Saltalamacchia then lofted a single off the Green Monster that scored two, but
Gonzalez struck out Daniel Nava and got Dustin Pedroia to foul out and end the
Sean Burnett pitched a 1-2-3 eighth while Tyler Clippard worked around a two-
out double from Sweeney in the ninth to pick up his seventh save of the
"Gio pitched a great ball game for us out there," said Washington manager
Davey Johnson. "I don't like it when he starts rushing and gets wild, and I
left myself open to second-guessing when I put in a guy that was wilder than
him. But Gonzalez got us out of the jam and the other guys did their job."
Washington will go for the sweep on Sunday with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound
while Boston will counter with Jon Lester...Boston batted just 1-for-10 with
runners in scoring position and left seven on base...Washington committed
three errors in the game.
06/09 23:41:41 ET