The Red Sox and Nationals were engaged in a tight game until the 8th inning when former Red Sox Julian Tavarez entered the game and the rout was on. Tavarez only recorded one out before he was replaced by a revolving door of Nationals relievers that continued to get shelled. When the game was over the Red Sox had 8 hits, 4 walks, and had scored 8 runs in 2 2/3 innings off of the Nationals bullpen.
Brad Penny had a few rough patches in the game giving up 3 runs on 6 hits in 6 2/3 innings. Oki, Saito, and Bard each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
Bay and Ells had great nights; Ells went 4-4 with a walk and 2 triples, Bay went 4-6 with a home run. Pedroia came out of his slump going 3-6.
Red Sox win 11-3 BOX SCORE
The game was played in front of a record crowd of mainly Red Sox fans. With the Red Sox victory and the Yankee loss to the Braves, the Sox extend their lead in the A.L. East. The Yankees have now fallen into third place and suddenly the off-season spending doesn’t look so good.