The Nationals outhit the Red Sox by one hit; one of Washington’s hits came on a broken bat play that interfered with Red Sox shortstop Nick Green. In the 2nd inning, Elijah Dukes stepped up to the plate and hit a ground ball to Green. What should have been a routine 6-3 putout nearly turned fatal as the broken bat interfered with Green’s fielding. The play was ruled a hit.
“It’s scary to see a bat go flying that far,” said Boston starter Jon Lester. “I thought they did some research this offseason to try to figure that stuff out, but obviously we’ve still got a long ways to go. You’ve got to take cover. It’s a tough play to make when you’ve got a bat head flying at you looking to take your head off.” Lester finished the night allowing three earned runs on six hits in six innings; he was credited with his sixth victory of the season.
Boston has improved to 44-27 on the year. David Ortiz and Jason Varitek both hit long balls for the Red Sox.
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