Tzu-Wei Lin leads offense as Red Sox beat the Nationals
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Facing one of the premiere pitchers in Washington starter Max Scherzer, the Red Sox offense exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning on their way to picking up their second win against the Nationals this spring.
After finding themselves in an early 1-0 hole thanks to a Howie Kendrick RBI-single, Tzu-Wei Lin blasted a solo-shot off Washington Scherzer to even things up in the fourth. It was Lin’s first homer of the spring.
The Sox were far from finished scoring in the fourth. The offense would tack on a total of seven runs in the inning, capped off by a pair of Lin RBIs on a single that brought Chad de La Guerra and Tate Matheny in to score
Red Sox starter Hector Velazquez lasted 2.2 innings against Washington, surrendering one earned run on four hits. He added three strikeouts on the day, with two of those K’s coming in the first inning.
After Velazquez was pulled, six Boston pitchers combined for 6.1 innings of three run baseball. The offense gave them plenty of cushion, but the pitching staff limited several Washington scoring opportunities. The Nats left 15 runners on base.
After the fourth-inning outburst, the Sox would tack on one final insurance run via anOscar Hernandez double.
With the win, the Red Sox improved their spring record to 7-5. Their next exhibition game will come tomorrow as the Sox will face the Pittsburgh Pirates, with Josh Smith scheduled to get the start. First pitch is 1:05 p.m.