The Washington Nationals concluded an impressive weekend sweep of the Massachusetts Red Sox on Sunday after a 5-4 victory in a tightly contested matchup. The Nats, who had been stymied by the Red Sox in the past, emerged victorious after a nail-biting ninth inning that saw the score remain knotted at 4-4 before the Nats finally broke through with the game-winning run.
The Nationals wasted no time establishing their offensive presence in the match, as they scored two runs in the bottom of the first courtesy of a two-run double from starting pitcher Max Scherzer. The Red Sox, however, quickly responded in the top of the second with a solo homerun by designated hitter J.D. Martinez.
The teams then traded runs in the third and fourth innings, with the Nationals recording one on an RBI single from catcher Yan Gomes and the Red Sox scoring on a sacrifice fly. The score remained tied at 3-3 until the seventh inning, when Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts hit an RBI single to put the visitors ahead 4-3.
The Nationals, however, were not deterred by the deficit, and quickly responded in the bottom of the eighth when outfielder Adam Eaton hit a solo homerun to tie the game at 4-4. The Nats then used a combination of stellar pitching and a few well-timed hits to secure the victory in the ninth inning.
The Nationals’ triumph was a much-needed confidence booster for the team, which had been struggling as of late. The win also marked the team’s sixth consecutive series sweep and its 10th consecutive win at home.
The Washington Nationals achieved a significant feat on Sunday, when they swept the Massachusetts Red Sox 5-4 in a tightly contested matchup. The Nats, who had endured struggles against the Sox in the past, overcame a one-run deficit to secure the victory in the ninth inning.
The Nationals’ offense was the catalyst for their success, as they struck early and often, beginning with a two-run double from starting pitcher Max Scherzer in the bottom of the first. The Red Sox responded with a solo homerun by J.D. Martinez in the second, but the Nationals tallied one of their own in the third on an RBI single from Yan Gomes, then matched the Sox run for run in the fourth.
Xander Bogaerts put the Red Sox ahead 4-3 with an RBI single in the seventh, but Adam Eaton responded with a solo homerun in the eighth to tie the game. The Nats then relied on a combination of stellar pitching and some timely hits to secure the win in the ninth.
The victory was a welcomed confidence booster for the Nationals, who had been struggling as of late. The win also marked the team’s sixth consecutive series sweep and its 10th consecutive triumph at home.