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Coming off a huge win against Washington Nationals starter Max Scherzer, the Red Sox faced a much easier task in the second game against the Nationals. The Sox offense performed well against Nationals starter Tanner Roark, putting up nine runs against the righty. Brian Johnson did his job, allowing just two runs as the Boston Red Sox took an easy 11-4 win over the Washington Nationals
Boston Red Sox Take Series, Win 11-4
After a quiet first inning, the Eduardo Nunez put the Red Sox on the board for the games first runs. With Mitch Moreland and Xander Bogaerts on base, Nunez launched a no-doubter into the left-field stands. His early blast gave the Red Sox an early 3-0 lead.
Unfortunately, Brian Johnson soon gave the lead right back. After throwing three scoreless frames, Johnson ran into his share of struggles in the fourth inning. After Bryce Harper hit a deep double to right, first baseman Matt Reynolds drove him home with a single. Three batters later, Johnson allowed an RBI single to pitcher Tanner Roak. Pitcher on pitcher crime occurred for the second time in two days, but Johnson managed to escape the inning with a 3-2 lead.
While the game was close entering the top of the fifth, the Red Sox had no intention of keeping it that way. Brian Johnson opened the floodgates with a leadoff single, as pitchers who rake continued to make a difference in the series. In all, the Sox put up six runs in the fifth, highlighted by a three-run Xander Bogaerts home run to straightaway center. The Red Sox essentially ended the game right then and there, taking a 9-2 lead.
Johnson went back up for the bottom of the fifth but ran into some trouble. The lefty allowed two men to reach while recording two outs. Despite the sizable lead, manager Alex Cora opted to turn to the bullpen. The move proved to pay off, as Heath Hembree got out of the pickle without allowing a run to score.
The Red Sox get to go for the sweep on the 4th of July. First pitch is at 11:00, as the struggling Eduardo Rodriguez faces off against Erick Fedde. First pitch is at 11:00, and make sure to check in to http://www.redsoxunfiltered.com for all the latest updates.