Red Sox Win Big Against Nationals

The Red Sox got contributions from many different players in a big 13-5 win.

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The Washington Nationals took a 5-0 lead early, but an eight-run fifth inning powered the Boston Red Sox to a 13-5 win on Thursday afternoon.

Many everyday players got the start, including Jackie Bradley Jr., who went 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI double, and Xander Bogaerts, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI double.

Brock Holt had a huge day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with four RBIs. He hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning to put the Red Sox up 7-5, and they would never look back.

Catching prospect Austin Rei had a big two-run single off the bench in the sixth inning to extend the Sox lead to seven. They would add one more run that inning to put them up 13-5, which would be the final score.

The big story of the game was Blake Swihart starting despite the death of his adopted brother on Wednesday. He received a standing ovation on multiple occasions from the crowd at JetBlue Park, especially after his RBI single in the fourth inning, when he was lifted for a pinch runner and embraced by manager Alex Cora and his teammates.

On the mound, starter Hector Velazquez struggled, allowing three runs and four hits in two innings. Denyi Reyes didn’t do much better, giving up two more runs in his two innings. The remaining pitchers did very well, shutting out the Nationals in the final five innings. Ryan Weber got the win with two shutout innings, and Josh Smith and Jenrry Mejia closed the game with three shutout innings between them.

Next, Boston will take on the Minnesota Twins on Friday at 1 p.m. at the CenturyLink Sports Complex, also in Fort Myers. Josh Taylor is the probable starter.

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