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    Red Sox 8, Nationals 7. New approach. With AP Photos.

    By HOWARD FENDRICH

    AP Sports Writer

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Outfielder Jason Repko's bid to make the opening-day roster for the Boston Red Sox finished with quite a flourish.

    He drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning, then threw out a runner at the plate for the game's last out, and the Red Sox beat the Washington Nationals 8-7 Tuesday in the exhibition finale for both clubs.

    "I worked hard and showed how I can help the team win, and it's in their hands, and I try not to spend too much time thinking about it," Repko said.

    Asked whether he'd be heading to Detroit with the Red Sox, who open at the Tigers on Thursday, Repko replied: "I think it's up in the air. We're minute to minute."

    He's played in six major league seasons with the Dodgers and Twins, limited to 67 games with Minnesota in 2011 because of several injuries. He signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox last month in hopes of making the roster as someone able to play all three outfield positions. He hit .289 this spring and stole seven bases.

    "He's absolutely been in the mix from the beginning, and today he gets the big hit in the game and in a big stadium makes a perfect throw," manager Bobby Valentine said. "He's only done everything we've asked him to do."

    Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia sure looked ready for the regular season in front of a crowd of 30,568 at Nationals Park, combining for four hits, four RBIs and four runs - helping Boston take a 6-0 lead - before taking the rest of the cloudless afternoon off.

    "I left a couple balls up in the zone with runners on base and they took advantage of it thanks to Dustin Pedroia - he drove in most of the runs," Nationals starting pitcher Edwin Jackson said.

    Jackson gave up six runs and five hits in 4 2-3 innings, with one walk, one wild pitch and two strikeouts.

    Washington scored seven consecutive runs to go ahead 7-6. After the Red Sox tied it in the eighth, they went up 8-7 in the ninth on Repko's RBI double down the right field line off reliever Henry Rodriguez, who hadn't allowed a run in his previous 11 innings this spring and took the loss.

    Repko, playing in center, then threw out Ian Desmond to end the game, with catcher Daniel Butler applying the tag.

    "I thought I was safe, but I'm healthy. That could have ended a lot worse. I was rounding third, I was just telling myself, `Hey, be careful. It's not that important.' Nothing against the catcher, but we've got nothing on the line out there," Desmond said. "I think he was No. 81. No offense to him, but he wanted to block that plate, and I wasn't really going to fight him for it, you know what I mean? During the season, it might be a little different."

    Alfredo Aceves, a candidate to replace the injured Andrew Bailey as Boston's closer, pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. Bailey will have reconstructive ligament surgery on his right thumb on Wednesday and will be out at least several months.

    Chorye Spoone threw the ninth for the save.

    Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz cruised through four perfect innings before allowing Adam LaRoche's leadoff single in the fifth and, four batters later, Wilson Ramos' three-run homer. Desmond started Washington's sixth with a solo shot.

    Buchholz went 5 2-3 innings and gave up four runs and four hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out five.

    "That's the best I've felt all spring," Buchholz said.

    NOTES: Bailey and staff ace Josh Beckett both went to Cleveland on Tuesday to get second opinions on their thumb injuries. Beckett is expected to start as scheduled at Detroit on Saturday. ... Boston plans to work out in Detroit on Wednesday, a day before opening the regular season with LHP Jon Lester on the mound against 2011 Cy Young Award winner and AL MVP Justin Verlander. ... The Nationals will send RHP Stephen Strasburg to the mound for their opener Thursday at the Chicago Cubs, who will start RHP Ryan Dempster. Strasburg called his assignment as Washington's opening-day starter a "huge honor," made more special because a year ago at this time he was still throwing on flat ground while rehabbing after reconstructive elbow surgery.

     
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    Boston Red Sox
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Jacoby Ellsbury, CF3221000 .276
        Nick Punto, 3B-1B2010000 .257
    Dustin Pedroia, 2B3223000 .291
        Jason Repko, CF2011011 .289
    Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3011001 .356
        Daniel Nava, RF2111002 .429
    David Ortiz, DH3001001 .228
       a- Kelly Shoppach, PH-DH1010000 .258
    Kevin Youkilis, 3B-1B3000010 .195
        Nate Spears, 3B2000014 .292
    Ryan Sweeney, RF2000000 .256
       b- Darnell McDonald, PH-LF2000011 .447
    Cody Ross, LF3110010 .370
        Pedro Ciriaco, 2B-SS1000001 .419
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C2100100 .222
        Daniel Butler, C1110000 .294
    Mike Aviles, SS2000000 .279
        Jonathan Hee, 2B0000000 .250
    Totals37811815  
    a-singled for Ortiz in the 8th
    b-struck out for Sweeney in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Dustin Pedroia 2 (5, Jackson, Jackson), Jason Repko (5, Rodriguez)
    HR - Daniel Nava (1, Mattheus)
    SH - Mike Aviles (1), Jonathan Hee (1)
    RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (6), Dustin Pedroia 3 (10), Jason Repko (6), Adrian Gonzalez (4), Daniel Nava (3), David Ortiz (7)
    2-OUT RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (5), Dustin Pedroia 2 (5), Adrian Gonzalez (2)
    SB - Nick Punto (1, 2nd base off Stammen/Ramos)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Jason Repko 1
    Boston Red Sox
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Clay Buchholz 5.2444052 5.23
    Justin Thomas (H,5) 0.2333110 6.75
    Michael Bowden (BS,1) 0.2000200 2.45
    Alfredo Aceves (W,1-1) 1000020 5.21
    Chorye Spoone (S,1) 1100100 2.08
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 6-6, Justin Thomas 1-0, Michael Bowden 1-1, Alfredo Aceves 1-0
    Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 21, Justin Thomas 6, Michael Bowden 4, Alfredo Aceves 3, Chorye Spoone 4
    Washington Nationals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ian Desmond, SS3111210 .293
    Danny Espinosa, 2B4011111 .241
    Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3000020 .354
        Stephen Lombardozzi, 3B0001000 .313
    Adam LaRoche, 1B2110100 .227
        Chad Tracy, PR-1B1000002 .260
    Jayson Werth, RF3000022 .200
        Brett Carroll, RF1000000 .206
    Mark DeRosa, LF3020000 .457
        Adrian Sanchez, PR0100000 .000
       a- Jesus Flores, PH1000010 .275
    Xavier Nady, DH-LF4210011 .273
    Wilson Ramos, C4224000 .216
    Roger Bernadina, CF3000000 .288
    Totals3278748  
    a-struck out for Mattheus in the 8th
    Batting
    HR - Ian Desmond (3, Buchholz), Wilson Ramos (1, Buchholz)
    SF - Stephen Lombardozzi (2)
    SH - Roger Bernadina (1)
    RBI - Ian Desmond (6), Danny Espinosa (3), Stephen Lombardozzi (4), Wilson Ramos 4 (8)
    2-OUT RBI - Wilson Ramos 3 (7)
    SB - Ian Desmond (2, 2nd base off Spoone/Butler)
    Team LOB - 4
    Fielding
    PB - Wilson Ramos (1)
    E - Stephen Lombardozzi (4, Throwing)
    Washington Nationals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Edwin Jackson 4.2566120 6.51
    Sean Burnett 0.1100000 1.08
    Ross Detwiler 1000010 3.06
    Craig Stammen 1100010 1.98
    Ryan Mattheus (BS,2) 1211001 3.86
    Henry Rodriguez (L,1-1) 1211010 0.75
    HBP - Shoppach (by Henry Rodriguez)
    WP - Edwin Jackson (1)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 4-8, Ryan Mattheus 2-1, Henry Rodriguez 2-1
    Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 20, Sean Burnett 2, Ross Detwiler 3, Craig Stammen 4, Ryan Mattheus 5, Henry Rodriguez 7
    Game Information
    Attendance - 30568
    Game Time - 3:08
    Temperature - 68
    Umpires - Home - Chris Segal, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Shaun Francis, Third Base - Jason Arends