MLB Game Summary - Washington at Boston
(Friday, June 8th)
Final Score: Washington 7, Boston 4
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Bryce Harper went 3-for-5 with a two-run home
run, three RBI and two runs scored while Stephen Strasburg pitched six innings
to help Washington take a 7-4 win over Boston in the opener of a three-game
set from Fenway Park.
Strasburg (7-1) gave up just two runs and four with two walks and
finished a strikeout shy of his career high with 13. He threw a career-high
119 pitches, 75 for strikes, to win his fourth straight start.
"He's a competitor and when he goes out there he's going to give you his best
stuff," said Washington manager Davey Johnson. "He did great tonight against a
good hitting ballclub."
Ian Desmond drove in two while Danny Espinosa had two hits, an RBI and two
runs scored for the Nationals, who have won four of six.
Felix Doubront (6-3) gave up six runs on eight hits over just four innings of
work for the Red Sox, who have dropped four of five. Adrian Gonzalez hit a
solo home run and nearly had two in the loss.
"Our hitters battled him all night because he threw a lot of pitches," said
Boston manager Bobby Valentine about Strasburg. "But he's a good pitcher and
his fastball was alive all night. He's a special pitcher, obviously."
Boston got on the board in the second inning when Mike Aviles hit a two-out
double to score David Ortiz and Ryan Sweeney for a 2-0 lead.
It was short lived, though, as Washington answered in the third. With one out,
Espinosa walked and Harper followed with a double. Ryan Zimmerman then singled
home one and Desmond later doubled to bring in two more for a 3-2 lead.
Boston nearly tied it in the bottom of the third when Gonzalez hit a fly ball
to right that went over the wall, but Xavier Nady reached into the bullpen and
pulled it out.
Washington added to its advantage in the fourth. Tyler Moore led off with a
double and later scored on a ground-rule double from Espinosa. Harper homered
later in the inning for a 6-2 score.
Harper singled in Moore, who led off with a single and stole second, in the
sixth for a 7-2 game.
Gonzalez led off the eighth with a blast over the center field wall to make it
a 7-3 game and Boston got closer in the ninth.
With Brad Lidge on the mound, Aviles grounded out to start the frame, but Nick
Punto followed with a walk and took second on indifference. Daniel Nava then
followed with a double to left to make it a three-run game.
Tyler Clippard then came on and induced fly outs from Dustin Pedroia and
Gonzalez to end the game and pick up his sixth save of the season.
The last time these teams met was in 2009 when Boston took two of three in
Washington...Boston third baseman Kevin Youkilis was ejected by home plate
umpire Doug Eddings for arguing a called third strike to end the sixth
inning...Boston left eight men on base.
06/09 01:40:19 ET
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