Bradley, Red Sox complete sweep, Nationals fall below .500

WASHINGTON (AP) As Boston Red Sox players donned red, white and blue outfits to celebrate a 3-0 victory on the 4th of July that completed a sweep, the Washington Nationals held a players-only meeting to discuss a fifth consecutive loss and the precarious spot they're now in beyond the halfway point of the season.

Done in again by small mistakes that get magnified in a stretch such as this, the preseason NL East favorites lost for the 17th time in 22 games Wednesday to fall below .500 for the first time this late in the year since being 60-61 on Aug. 21, 2015.

This time, it was a throwing error by Adam Eaton on a sacrifice fly in foul territory and a wild pitch by Ryan Madson (2-4) in a disastrous seventh inning that dropped the Nationals to 42-43 and kept them from making up ground on the division-leading Atlanta Braves.

''We're a good team and we're going to go out there and compete with anybody,'' said Bryce Harper, who went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.

''We just have to keep grinding and keep doing our thing and good things will happen. We've never been in this position before, and I think it's an exciting time for us. In years past, we've won the division by a lot of games. We're able to be behind right now and I'm excited to get there and test it.''

Powered by struggling outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.'s two RBIs on the sac fly and a ninth-inning double and a strong start by Eduardo Rodriguez (10-3), the Red Sox moved 30 games over .500 under rookie manager Alex Cora.

''We know where we're at, but we still have a long ways to go,'' Cora said. ''(The Nationals) have a good team. They'll figure it out. I've seen that before from them. They struggle a little bit and they'll pick it up. They'll be in the hunt.''

Bradley, who came into the game hitting .201, worked full counts on each of his at-bats that produced a run. He was hoping the ball Eaton caught deep in foul territory down the third-base line would go out of play so he could see another pitch but will gladly take the RBIs - the second time this season he has had two in a game without a home run.

''Just had to continue to battle and finally get a pitch I could handle,'' Bradley said. ''Any time you can help the team win, it's a positive. It's good, any way you can do it.''

Rodriguez struck out six in six scoreless innings, mixing his change-up and slider in more often to keep Nationals hitters off-balance.

The Red Sox now have the first pair of 10-game winners in the majors with Rodriguez and Rick Porcello, whose double off Max Scherzer helped win them the first game of this series.

The Nationals have lost four series in a row. This freefall led to the postgame meeting Wednesday afternoon.

''It's `Let's get this thing going,''' Nationals infielder Trea Turner said. ''We all know we're capable of playing better baseball. It's time we do it. It's do or die now.''

FEDDE HURT

Nationals starter Erick Fedde left the game one batter into the second inning with right shoulder stiffness and gave way to left-hander Matt Grace, who allowed just one hit and struck out four in four innings of relief. Manager Davey Martinez said Fedde was scheduled to have an MRI.

''We watched him throw and his (velocity) was down,'' Martinez said. ''He was out there and wanted to keep pitching. I went out there and they told me he was stiff and I said `No, we're not going to do that to you.'''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Manager Alex Cora said LHP Drew Pomeranz (biceps tendinitis) would most likely make a second rehab start early next week. ... RHP Tyler Thornburg was activated from the disabled list after rehabbing from shoulder surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome last June.

Nationals: 1B Matt Adams was activated after missing 16 games with a broken left index finger. To clear room, LHP Tim Collins was designated for assignment. ... C Matt Wieters (left hamstring strain) is doing some catching, but still hasn't done enough running to be ready to return.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: After a day off, LHP Chris Sale (8-4, 2.41 ERA) brings a 15-inning scoreless streak into his Friday start at Kansas City, which is expected to start Jason Hammel (2-10, 5.56).

Nationals: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (2-1, 2.63) will look to last at least six innings to spare a heavily used bullpen when Washington faces RHP Pablo Lopez (1-0, 3.00) to open a four-game series against the Miami Marlins.

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  • W: E. Rodriguez (10-3)L: R. Madson (2-4)S: C. Kimbrel (26)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Betts RF40200001.338.432.6691.1013.0
B. Holt SS50000015.294.371.405.777-0.5
J. Martinez LF40200010.327.392.6421.0342.5
S. Pearce 1B40000004.293.343.511.8540.0
R. Devers 3B41200011.245.289.436.7253.5
E. Nunez 2B42200011.257.289.373.6623.5
J. Bradley CF30120000.202.296.332.6284.0
C. Vazquez C40000022.212.249.300.549-1.0
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b- B. Swihart PH00000100.165.233.190.4221.0
C. Kimbrel P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-walked (wild pitch) for Rodriguez in the 7th
  • b-walked for Kelly in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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J. Miller P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Turner SS40200010.275.354.406.7611.5
A. Rendon 3B40100002.289.352.526.8781.0
B. Harper RF40000022.215.362.478.840-1.0
M. Reynolds 1B20000020.250.319.470.789-1.0
a- D. Murphy PH-1B20100000.200.235.277.5121.0
M. Taylor CF40100022.242.301.383.6830.0
W. Difo 2B30000123.246.302.345.6470.0
P. Severino C30100002.172.260.241.5021.0
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B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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S. Kelley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- J. Soto PH-LF10000000.306.419.552.9710.0
  • a-grounded out for Reynolds in the 7th
  • b-lined out for Grace in the 5th
  • c-lined out for Kelley in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Martinez (20), R. Devers (20), J. Bradley (12)
  • SF - J. Bradley (3)
  • RBI - J. Bradley 2 (25)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - R. Devers (2)
FIELDING
  • E - R. Devers (17)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Eaton
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Rodriguez (W, 10-3)6.03001603.841.2627.0
M. Barnes (H, 17)1.01000102.451.092.5
J. Kelly (H, 17)1.00000203.471.104.0
C. Kimbrel (S, 26)1.02000202.020.909.0
PITCHERSIP
E. Rodriguez (W, 10-3)6.0
M. Barnes (H, 17)1.0
J. Kelly (H, 17)1.0
C. Kimbrel (S, 26)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Fedde1.02000005.791.641.0
M. Grace4.01000403.340.9413.0
B. Kintzler1.02000104.181.391.5
R. Madson (L, 2-4)1.02211004.551.48-6.0
S. Kelley1.00000103.220.943.5
K. Herrera0.22111101.670.90-3.5
J. Miller0.10000002.780.970.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 84-54, M. Barnes 19-12, J. Kelly 15-12, C. Kimbrel 22-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 4-8, M. Barnes 1-1
  • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 22, M. Barnes 4, J. Kelly 3, C. Kimbrel 5
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Madson
  • HBP - K. Herrera
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Fedde 25-16, M. Grace 46-33, B. Kintzler 20-15, R. Madson 25-15, S. Kelley 12-9, K. Herrera 30-16, J. Miller 2-1
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Fedde 3-0, M. Grace 6-1, B. Kintzler 1-1, R. Madson 1-2, S. Kelley 1-1, J. Miller 1-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Fedde 5, M. Grace 12, B. Kintzler 5, R. Madson 6, S. Kelley 3, K. Herrera 6, J. Miller
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Betts RF40200001.338.432.6691.1013.0
B. Holt SS50000015.294.371.405.777-0.5
J. Martinez LF40200010.327.392.6421.0342.5
S. Pearce 1B40000004.293.343.511.8540.0
R. Devers 3B41200011.245.289.436.7253.5
E. Nunez 2B42200011.257.289.373.6623.5
J. Bradley CF30120000.202.296.332.6284.0
C. Vazquez C40000022.212.249.300.549-1.0
E. Rodriguez P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
a- A. Benintendi PH00000100.279.362.492.8541.0
M. Barnes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Kelly P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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C. Kimbrel P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-walked (wild pitch) for Rodriguez in the 7th
  • b-walked for Kelly in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Eaton LF40000021.296.367.398.765-1.0
K. Herrera P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Miller P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Turner SS40200010.275.354.406.7611.5
A. Rendon 3B40100002.289.352.526.8781.0
B. Harper RF40000022.215.362.478.840-1.0
M. Reynolds 1B20000020.250.319.470.789-1.0
a- D. Murphy PH-1B20100000.200.235.277.5121.0
M. Taylor CF40100022.242.301.383.6830.0
W. Difo 2B30000123.246.302.345.6470.0
P. Severino C30100002.172.260.241.5021.0
E. Fedde P0000-000.000.111.000.000-
M. Grace P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
b- B. Goodwin PH10000001.182.313.364.6770.0
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Madson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Kelley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- J. Soto PH-LF10000000.306.419.552.9710.0
Total33060011113-----
  • a-grounded out for Reynolds in the 7th
  • b-lined out for Grace in the 5th
  • c-lined out for Kelley in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Martinez (20), R. Devers (20), J. Bradley (12)
  • SF - J. Bradley (3)
  • RBI - J. Bradley 2 (25)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - R. Devers (2)
FIELDING
  • E - R. Devers (17)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Eaton
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Rodriguez (W, 10-3)6.03001603.841.2627.0
M. Barnes (H, 17)1.01000102.451.092.5
J. Kelly (H, 17)1.00000203.471.104.0
C. Kimbrel (S, 26)1.02000202.020.909.0
Total9.06001110---
PITCHERSIP
E. Rodriguez (W, 10-3)6.0
M. Barnes (H, 17)1.0
J. Kelly (H, 17)1.0
C. Kimbrel (S, 26)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Fedde1.02000005.791.641.0
M. Grace4.01000403.340.9413.0
B. Kintzler1.02000104.181.391.5
R. Madson (L, 2-4)1.02211004.551.48-6.0
S. Kelley1.00000103.220.943.5
K. Herrera0.22111101.670.90-3.5
J. Miller0.10000002.780.970.0
Total9.0932270---
PITCHERSIP
E. Fedde1.0
M. Grace4.0
B. Kintzler1.0
R. Madson (L, 2-4)1.0
S. Kelley1.0
K. Herrera0.2
J. Miller0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 84-54, M. Barnes 19-12, J. Kelly 15-12, C. Kimbrel 22-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 4-8, M. Barnes 1-1
  • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 22, M. Barnes 4, J. Kelly 3, C. Kimbrel 5
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Madson
  • HBP - K. Herrera
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Fedde 25-16, M. Grace 46-33, B. Kintzler 20-15, R. Madson 25-15, S. Kelley 12-9, K. Herrera 30-16, J. Miller 2-1
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Fedde 3-0, M. Grace 6-1, B. Kintzler 1-1, R. Madson 1-2, S. Kelley 1-1, J. Miller 1-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Fedde 5, M. Grace 12, B. Kintzler 5, R. Madson 6, S. Kelley 3, K. Herrera 6, J. Miller
  • 9TH INNING
    Bradley doubled to deep right center, Nunez scored30
  • 7TH INNING
    Nunez scored on wild pitch20
    Bradley hit sacrifice fly to left, Devers scored, Nunez to third on center fielder Eaton fielding error10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kelvin Herrera pitching
    • R. Devers: Foul, Devers flied out to left
    • E. Nunez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Nunez singled to center
    • J. Bradley: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bradley doubled to deep right center, Nunez scored
    • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
    • Blake Swihart hit for Joe Kelly
    • B. Swihart: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Swihart walked
    • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Betts hit by pitch, Bradley to third, Swihart to second
    • Justin Miller relieved Kelvin Herrera
    • B. Holt: Ball, Holt grounded into fielder's choice to pitcher, Bradley out at home
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Craig Kimbrel pitching
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rendon singled to center
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • D. Murphy: Foul, Ball, Murphy singled to left, Rendon to second
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul tip, Taylor struck out on foul tip
    • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Difo fouled out to catcher
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Shawn Kelley relieved Ryan Madson
    • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Holt flied out to center
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
    • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Pearce grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Joe Kelly relieved Matt Barnes
    • Juan Soto hit for Shawn Kelley
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Soto lined out to second
    • A. Eaton: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Ryan Madson relieved Brandon Kintzler
    • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Foul, Devers doubled to left center
    • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez singled to right, Devers to third
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley hit sacrifice fly to left, Devers scored, Nunez to third on center fielder Eaton fielding error
    • C. Vazquez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Vazquez grounded out to first
    • Andrew Benintendi hit for Eduardo Rodriguez
    • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Nunez scored on wild pitch
    • M. Betts: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Betts flied out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Matt Barnes pitching
    • Daniel Murphy hit for Mark Reynolds
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Murphy grounded out to first
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Taylor singled to center
    • W. Difo: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Difo struck out looking
    • P. Severino: Severino popped out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Brandon Kintzler pitching
    • E. Rodriguez: Rodriguez grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Betts singled to right
    • B. Holt: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
    • J. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball (pitchout), Ball, Martinez singled to left, Betts to third
    • S. Pearce: Ball, Foul, Pearce flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike swinging, Turner grounded out to third
    • A. Rendon: Rendon lined out to right
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Harper grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Grace Pitching:
    • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Nunez lined out to right
    • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Bradley grounded out to second
    • C. Vazquez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • P. Severino: Severino reached on an infield single to shortstop, Severino to second on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error
    • Brian Goodwin hit for Matt Grace
    • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Goodwin lined out to center
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Eaton flied out to right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Grace Pitching:
    • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Holt grounded out to second
    • J. Martinez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez doubled to deep right
    • S. Pearce: Pearce grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • M. Taylor: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Taylor lined out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Grace Pitching:
    • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Vazquez grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
    • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • M. Grace: Strike looking, Grace lined out to third
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Eaton flied out to deep center
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Turner singled to center
    • A. Rendon: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Rendon flied out to left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • E. Fedde Pitching:
    • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Devers singled to right
    • Matt Grace relieved Erick Fedde
    • E. Nunez: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
    • J. Bradley: Devers picked off at first, pitcher to first, Ball, Strike looking, Bradley grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Difo walked
    • P. Severino: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Severino grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • E. Fedde Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts singled to right
    • B. Holt: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Holt reached on fielder's choice to second, Betts out at second
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Martinez grounded out to second, Holt to second
    • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pearce grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Turner singled to center
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Ball, Rendon popped out to second
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike looking, Harper grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)