Sox take first game in Nation vs Town battle

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Last night, Boston came to town for the first time and
showed the Nationals why they have won two out of the last five World Series’
by beating
the Nats 11-3
in front of 41,517 fans- a Nationals Park record. The
game was more competitive than the score indicates, as it was tied through six
innings. Ryan Zimmerman snapped an 0-for-17 skid, going 2-for-3 with one walk
and 2 runs scored, and Cristian Guzman has recorded 6 consecutive multi-hit
games, going 14-for-30 (.466) with 2 doubles and 4 runs scored during the tear.
Also starter John
Lanan
went 6.1 innings giving up three runs on nine hits, though he did
not factor into the decision as he left with a tie game. Julian
Tavarez
, pitching against his former team, gave up the go ahead run in
the sixth. The Sox opened up the lead even more in the eighth when they scored
six runs off of reliever
Jesus Colom
e.

“Our situational hitting is not up to par,” said Manager Manny Acta. “We had a
chance there to take the lead and build some momentum. We just couldn’t score a
run.”

The Nationals face the Red Sox tonight at 7:05 when RHP Craig Stammen faces LHP
Jon Lester.

In other Nationals News:

- Even through tough times, Nats’ young pitching rotation still
shines

- With his great play of late, Willie
Harris
has earned
a starting spot
in the line up

- Red Sox pitcher John Smoltz talks
about his experiences
working with Nationals President Stan Kasten

- Pitcher Matt Chico, recovering from Tommy John surgery, on
the road to recovery


1 Comment

Yes, John Smoltz on the mound for my team. I saw the Nationals play a few years ago at the RFK stadium. Hope the Nats have a great season!!
-Holly
http://irishsoxkid19.mlblogs.com

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