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Nats strike early
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Nationals 9, Red Sox 3
Willie Harris is congratulated by Josh Bard after his two-run homer. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)
Backed by four first-inning runs, young righty Jordan Zimmermann struck out six over seven strong innings of one-run ball as the Nationals salvaged the finale. Josh Bard and Willie Harris each contributed three hits and two RBIs.
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Series at a glance:
BOS
Boston (44-28)
Lost 1
Washington 9, Boston 3   WSH
Washington (22-49)
Won 1
June 25, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Boston
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2   3 8 2
Washington
4 0 1 0 0 2 2 0 X   9 11 1
Standings thru 6/25/09  |  Recap: BOS | WSH  |  Gameday  |  Red Sox stats  |  Nationals stats
Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Pedroia, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .289
Drew, J, RF 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 .260
Bay, LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .282
  b-Kotsay, PH-LF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .267
Ortiz, D, 1B 3 0 0 1 0 1 1 .216
Lowell, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .283
  Lugo, SS 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .304
Varitek, C 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 .232
  Kottaras, C 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .242
Ellsbury, CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .307
  Baldelli, CF 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 .286
Green, N, SS-3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .284
Smoltz, P 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000
  Bard, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Youkilis, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .312
  Saito, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Ramirez, R, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Totals 34 3 8 3 1 8 9  

a-Flied out for Bard in the 7th. b-Doubled for Bay in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Kotsay (1, Clippard).
HR: Baldelli (4, 9th inning off Clippard, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Lugo; Ellsbury; Baldelli 4; Drew, J 2; Varitek; Bay; Kotsay 2.
RBI: Ortiz, D (34), Baldelli 2 (11).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Green, N; Youkilis; Ortiz, D.
SF: Ortiz, D.
Team RISP: 0-for-4.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Ellsbury (31, 2nd base off Zimmermann/Bard).

FIELDING
E: Bard (1, fielding), Lugo (6, fielding).

 
Washington AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Guzman, C, SS 4 0 1 2 0 0 0 .336
  Gonzalez, Al, SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .321
Johnson, N, 1B 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .310
  Dukes, RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .242
Zimmerman, 3B 5 1 1 0 0 1 3 .295
Dunn, A, LF-1B 4 1 0 0 1 3 3 .262
Willingham, RF-LF 4 2 2 1 0 1 0 .261
Bard, C 4 1 3 2 0 1 0 .270
Harris, CF 4 2 3 2 0 0 3 .238
Hernandez, A, 2B 3 1 1 2 1 0 2 .261
Zimmermann, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 4 .000
  a-Belliard, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .169
  Clippard, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 36 9 11 9 2 8 18  

a-Struck out for Zimmermann in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Zimmerman (20, Smoltz), Willingham (8, Smoltz), Bard (9, Saito).
HR: Harris (3, 7th inning off Saito, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Harris 6; Zimmerman 2; Willingham 3; Guzman, C; Hernandez, A; Bard 4.
RBI: Willingham (16), Bard 2 (12), Hernandez, A 2 (20), Guzman, C 2 (18), Harris 2 (14).
2-out RBI: Hernandez, A 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Zimmermann 2; Dunn, A 2.
SAC: Zimmermann.
Team RISP: 6-for-13.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Bard (3, throw).

 
Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Smoltz (L, 0-1) 5.0 7 5 5 1 5 0 9.00
Bard 1.0 2 2 2 1 1 0 3.63
Saito 1.0 2 2 2 0 1 1 3.08
Ramirez, R 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.89
 
Washington IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Zimmermann (W, 3-3) 7.0 5 1 1 1 6 0 4.65
Clippard 2.0 3 2 2 0 2 1 9.00

Game Scores: Smoltz 37, Zimmermann 68.
WP: Bard.
HBP: Johnson, N (by Smoltz).
Pitches-strikes: Smoltz 92-62, Bard 32-16, Saito 24-16, Ramirez, R 15-9, Zimmermann 109-77, Clippard 32-19.
Groundouts-flyouts: Smoltz 5-2, Bard 2-1, Saito 1-0, Ramirez, R 1-2, Zimmermann 9-3, Clippard 2-2.
Batters faced: Smoltz 24, Bard 7, Saito 5, Ramirez, R 4, Zimmermann 27, Clippard 9.
Umpires: HP: Jeff Nelson. 1B: Mark Carlson. 2B: Tim Tschida. 3B: Bob Davidson.
Weather: 88 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 0 mph, None.
T: 2:41.
Att: 41,985.
Venue: Nationals Park.
June 25, 2009
June 25, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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