Washington 7, Boston 4

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, June 8, 2012 7:10 PM
Location - Fenway Park
Temperature - 67°
Umpires - Home Plate - Doug Eddings, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Alan Porter, Third Base - Paul Nauert,
Attendance - 37309

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Washington 0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 7 12 0
Boston 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 8 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Washington 33-23 18-10 15-13 W1
Boston 29-29 14-17 15-12 L1


Nationals 7, Red Sox 4:
Bryce Harper homered and drove in three runs while Stephen Strasburg matched a season high with 13 strikeouts to lead Washington to an opening victory in the interleague series.

Ian Desmond doubled in a pair and Danny Espinosa added an RBI and two runs scored for the Nationals.

Boston has dropped three of its last four to fall back to .500 at 29-29.

Harper sparked a three-run rally in the third with a double, sending Espinosa to third. Ryan Zimmerman followed with an RBI single and Desmond capped the spurt with a two-run double, giving Washington a 3-2 lead.

Harper highlighted another three-run outburst in the fourth, driving a 1-1 fastball to the deepest part of the ballpark - just to the right of the 420-foot sign in center field - for his sixth homer. The 19-year old finished a triple shy of the cycle in his Fenway Park debut.

Strasburg (7-1) allowed two runs in the second inning but shut down the Red Sox the rest of the way, allowing four hits while walking a pair in six innings. Boston loaded the bases in the sixth but Strasburg struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kevin Youkilis to end the threat.

Tyler Clippard got the final two outs for his sixth save.

Felix Doubront (6-3) took the brunt of the damage for the Red Sox, allowing six runs and eight hits in four innings.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Strasburg finished just shy of his career best of 14 strikeouts set exactly two years ago in his major-league debut against Pittsburgh. ... Boston slugger Adrian Gonzalez hit his 200th career home run in the eighth, driving a blast to deep center field off Nationals reliever Ross Detwiler. … Youkilis was ejected for arguing the called strike call to end the sixth inning. … Gonzalez was robbed of a solo homer run in the third inning, when Washington RF Xavier Nady reached into the bullpen and pulled the ball back. … Boston RH Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his season debut on Saturday, one day short of the one-year anniversary of his Tommy John surgery. The Nationals will counter with LH Gio Gonzalez.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Washington   Boston
Stephen Strasburg Player Felix Doubront
Win W/L Loss
6.0 IP 4.0
13 Strikeouts 6
4 Hits 8
3.00 ERA 13.50
Washington   Boston
Bryce Harper Player Adrian Gonzalez
3 Hits 2
3 RBI 1
1 HR 1
7 TB 6
.600 Avg .400

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Washington 12 1 21 .316 19 10 7 2 2 0
Boston 8 1 14 .229 15 13 4 4 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Boston will play their next game at home against Washington. The Red Sox have a W/L % of .533 after a win and .464 after a loss.
  • Washington will play their next game on the road against Boston. The Nationals have a W/L % of .625 after a win and .542 after a loss.
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