Washington at Boston

W: T. Gorzelanny (2-1) L: A. Aceves (0-4)
S: T. Clippard (8)
HR: WAS - None   BOS - D. Ortiz (14)

Nats rally in 9th, sweep Red Sox

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BOSTON -- So much for being winless at Fenway Park.

Roger Bernadina's two-out double drove in the go-ahead run and the Washington Nationals held on for a 4-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep.

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The franchise was 0-9 all time at Fenway before the weekend series began.

"We were overdue," Nationals manager Davey Johnson. "This is a whole new ball club. There's great makeup, great talent on this ballclub. It's only going to get better."

The Montreal Expos went 0-6 at Fenway before the team moved to Washington and became the Nationals, who were swept 3-0 in a 2006 series at Fenway.

The "new" Nationals are unbeaten at Boston's iconic ballpark.

"It shows you we're a good ballclub and that we're not scared of AL East teams. And we're going to come in here and play our best ball," said Jordan Zimmermann, who struck out seven in seven innings before Washington's bullpen and bench rallied for the win.

Rookie Bryce Harper, who was out of the starting lineup because of a sore back, ended up scoring the winning run after drawing a walk while pinch hitting in the ninth with the game tied at 3-all.

Harper's back didn't slow him down as he came all the way around from first on Bernadina's double to right with two outs.

"Something in the gap or down the line you better score. I knew it was going to be maybe a close play at the plate, and thankfully it wasn't," Harper said. "I'm just going. Two outs, you don't really need anything."

Boston manager Bobby Valentine felt Bernadina should have been called out on Alfredo Aceves' 2-2 fastball, which home plate umpire Al Porter called a ball.

Valentine's anger and frustration continued to build and he finally stormed out of the dugout with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for an animated argument with Porter.

Valentine, who was ejected, got in Porter's face and came close to making contact a couple of times before leaving the field. He was out of the game, but not done talking.

"Good umpires had a real bad series this series -- a real bad series -- and it went one way," Valentine said after the game. "There should be a review."

He can just about count on that after his on-field actions and postgame comments.

Valentine had just left the field when Tyler Clippard ended the game by striking out Dustin Pedroia, picking up his third save of the series and eighth on the season.

Reliever Tom Gorzelanny (2-1) pitched a scoreless eighth and ended up with the win. Aceves (0-4) took the loss, Boston's fifth in a six-game homestand.

David Ortiz hit his 14th homer of the season for the Red Sox, who couldn't hang on to a 2-1 lead. Danny Espinosa hit a two-out double with two runners on in the seventh, putting Washington up 3-2.

Boston tied it in the bottom half after Ryan Sweeney and Nick Punto hit back-to-back singles to start the inning, but Sweeney was the only one to score, coming home on a fielder's choice by Scott Podsednik.


  • Daniel Nava was a late scratch from the Red Sox lineup with a sore left hand. Darnell McDonald replaced Nava in left field and Podsednik moved up to the leadoff spot in his place.
  • The Red Sox head to Miami for a three-game series with the Marlins, starting Monday. The Nationals will continue on their journey through the AL East with a trip to Toronto for three games against the Blue Jays.
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Roger Bernadina's two-out double in the ninth drives home the Nats' go-ahead against the Red Sox.  (Getty Images)
Roger Bernadina's two-out double in the ninth drives home the Nats' go-ahead against the Red Sox. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

D. Espinosa
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

D. Ortiz
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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Washington Nationals
Danny Espinosa, 2B4122111 .228
Xavier Nady, RF4000012 .149
    Rick Ankiel, CF0000000 .226
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3001100 .246
Michael Morse, DH4000033 .188
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000030 .258
Ian Desmond, SS4120000 .266
Tyler Moore, LF3110000 .222
   a- Bryce Harper, PH-RF0100100 .282
Jesus Flores, C4000024 .240
Roger Bernadina, CF-LF4021012 .250
a-walked for Moore in the 9th
2B - Danny Espinosa 2 (13, Lester, Lester), Ian Desmond (17, Lester), Roger Bernadina (8, Aceves)
RBI - Danny Espinosa 2 (16), Ryan Zimmerman (22), Roger Bernadina (12)
2-OUT RBI - Danny Espinosa 2 (8), Roger Bernadina (6)
SB - Danny Espinosa (9, 2nd base off Lester/Saltalamacchia), Ian Desmond (7, 3rd base off Lester/Saltalamacchia), Tyler Moore (2, 2nd base off Lester/Saltalamacchia), Roger Bernadina (5, 3rd base off Lester/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Espinosa-Desmond-LaRoche
Washington Nationals
Jordan Zimmermann 7733271 2.91
Tom Gorzelanny (W,2-1) 1100110 3.26
Tyler Clippard (S,8) 1000130 2.30
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 105-70, Tom Gorzelanny 24-11, Tyler Clippard 25-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 8-5, Tom Gorzelanny 1-1
Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 29, Tom Gorzelanny 5, Tyler Clippard 4
Boston Red Sox
Scott Podsednik, CF5021011 .368
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4011112 .277
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000004 .266
David Ortiz, DH4131000 .308
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4000042 .266
Will Middlebrooks, 3B3000121 .302
Ryan Sweeney, RF4110013 .308
Nick Punto, SS3110110 .188
Darnell McDonald, LF2000011 .182
   a- Kevin Youkilis, PH0000100 .231
    Mike Aviles, PR0000000 .263
a-walked for McDonald in the 9th
2B - Scott Podsednik (3, Zimmermann), David Ortiz (20, Zimmermann)
HR - David Ortiz (14, Zimmermann)
SH - Darnell McDonald (2)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (5), Dustin Pedroia (24), David Ortiz (38)
Team LOB - 8
Boston Red Sox
Jon Lester 7633290 4.57
Scott Atchison 1000010 1.32
Alfredo Aceves (L,0-4) 1111110 4.99
IBB - Zimmerman by Jon Lester
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 107-67, Scott Atchison 16-10, Alfredo Aceves 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 6-6
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 29, Scott Atchison 3, Alfredo Aceves 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37467
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth