Washington 4, Boston 2

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, June 9, 2012 4:05 PM
Location - Fenway Park
Temperature - 78°
Umpires - Home Plate - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Alan Porter, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Doug Eddings,
Attendance - 37534

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Washington 34-23 18-10 16-13 W2
Boston 29-30 14-18 15-12 L2


Nationals 4, Red Sox 2:
Gio Gonzalez pitched 6 1/3 strong innings to outduel Daisuke Matsuzaka and Adam LaRoche homered as visiting Washington clinched a series win at Fenway Park.

Ian Desmond singled in a pair and Michael Morse added an RBI double for the Nationals, who have taken the first two games at Boston and four of their last five overall.

The Red Sox have dropped five of six to fall back below .500 at 29-30.

Gonzalez, who entered with a 5.79 ERA in five career starts against Boston, dominated through the first six innings, allowing two hits and striking out five. The left-hander was lifted after allowing a walk and a single in the seventh and was charged with two runs when reliever Mike Gonzalez yielded a two-run single to pinch hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Matsuzaka, who was making his season debut after recovering from Tommy John surgery, struck out eight in five innings but was charged with four runs on five hits while walking one.

LaRoche opened the scoring in the second, driving a solo homer into the Boston bullpen in right.

The Nationals rallied for three runs in the fourth, with Morse sending a ground-rule double down the line in right and Desmond following with a two-run single to right.

Tyler Clippard worked the ninth for his seventh save.

GAME NOTEBOOK: To clear a roster spot for Matsuzaka, Boston designated CF Marlon Byrd for assignment. … After drawing cheers from the Fenway crowd with a 3-for-5 performance on Friday, Nationals rookie Bryce Harper went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts and a walk on Saturday. … Red Sox LF Carl Crawford, who has been out with wrist and elbow injuries, is working on a new throwing motion to take strain off the elbow. … Desmond has four RBIs in the first two games of the series.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Washington   Boston
Gio Gonzalez Player Daisuke Matsuzaka
Win W/L Loss
6.1 IP 5.0
5 Strikeouts 8
3 Hits 5
2.84 ERA 7.20
Washington   Boston
Rick AnkielPlayer Ryan Sweeney
1 Hits 1
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
2 TB 2
.333 Avg 1.000

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Washington 5 1 10 .161 6 13 4 1 0 3
Boston 5 0 7 .152 14 6 2 3 1 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 .448 after a loss.
  • Washington will play their next game on the road against Boston. The Nationals have a W/L % of .636 after a win and .542 after a loss.
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