BOSTON, MA - JUNE 10: Rick Ankiel #24, Bryce Harper #34, and Roger Bernadina #2 of the Washington Nationals celebrate a 4-3 win over the Boston Red Sox during interleague play at Fenway Park June 10, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Nationals Vs. Red Sox: Washington Completes Sweep With 4-3 Win On Sunday

Clutch hitting in the top of the ninth inning Sunday allowed the Washington Nationals to complete a sweep at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox.

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Davey Johnson Pushes Right Buttons With Stephen Strasburg And Gio Gonzalez

In back-to-back games this weekend, Washington Nationals' skipper Davey Johnson knew just what to do with his starters Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez.

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Nationals Vs. Red Sox Final Score: Washington Holds On For 4-3 Win

Roger Bernadina's double in the top of the ninth would be the difference in the Washington Nationals' 2-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park Sunday afternoon.

After trailing 2-1 after four innings, the Nationals powered ahead to a 3-2 lead after a Danny Espinosa double knocked in two runs. The Sox fought back in the bottom half, manufacturing a run on a groundout to tie the game. Although Bryce Harper did not start the game due to concerns over his back, he made a pinch hitting appearance in the top of the ninth, where he walked. It would prove to be a big at-bat, as he would score the winning run on Bernadina's double.

Nationals starter Jordan Zimmerman went seven innings, allowing seven hits on three runs while striking out seven. Tom Gorzelanny picked up the win in relief while Tyler Clippard held on for his eighth save of the season.

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Nationals Vs. Red Sox Score Update: Boston Leads 2-1 At Midway Point

Jon Lester has dominated the Washington Nationals lineup through five innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out four, as the Boston Red Sox lead the Nats 2-1 at Fenway Park.

The Nationals were able to open the scoring on an RBI groundout by Ryan Zimmerman in the bottom of the first, but the Red Sox answered with a run in the third and a David Ortiz home run in the fourth to gain the lead.

Jordan ZImmerman has allowed those two runs on four hits while striking out five through the first four innings on the mound.

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Nationals Vs. Red Sox Lineups: Bryce Harper Not Enthused About Day Off

The Washington Nationals face the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at Fenway Park, and with lefty Jon Lester on the hill the Nats gave rookie sensation Bryce Harper his first day off since his call-up. Well, it appears the hyper-competitive 19-year-old is not exactly pscyhed about the day of rest. Via Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:

And here's Mark Zuckerman of CSNwashington.com with more of the same regarding Harper:

Honestly, how can you not love this kid?

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Nationals Vs. Red Sox Lineups: Bryce Harper Gets Day Off Against Lefty Jon Lester

The Washington Nationals will take on the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at Fenway Park, with the Nats looking for a victory and interleague series sweep. Jordan Zimmermann will take the hill for Washington, and Boston will counter with left-hander Jon Lester. The appearance of the lefty means a predominantly right-handed hitting lineup for Davey Johnson, and the first day off for rookie sensation Bryce Harper since his call-up on April 28.

The full Nationals lineup, via the @NationalsPR twitter feed:

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Nationals Vs. Red Sox: Red-Hot Washington Goes For Fenway Sweep On Sunday

The Washington Nationals (34-23), winners of five of their last seven games, have a chance Sunday to sweep the Boston Red Sox (29-30) in a three-game interleague set. The Washington pitching staff has dominated the Boston bats so far this weekend, and on Sunday Jordan Zimmermann looks to continue that trend when he takes the hill for Davey Johnson's club. Nationals pitchers lead the major leagues with a 2.97 ERA.

Despite a 2.82 ERA, Zimmermann is just 3-5 this season. He is one of just three big league pitchers to have an ERA under 3.00 and a sub-.500 record. In eight interleague outings Zimmermann is 2-2 with a 1.55 ERA.

Jon Lester (3-4, 4.64 ERA) will take the hill for the Red Sox, who have lost five of their past six contests. Lester is just 1-2 with a 6.42 ERA in six Fenway starts this year.

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Nationals Vs. Red Sox Final: Washington Wins Again At Fenway

The Washington Nationals have had no trouble winning in Boston at famed Fenway Park as they defeated the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon by a final score of 4-2. After a three-run inning in the the top of the fourth gave the Nats a 4-0 lead, that is all the offense they would need to defeat the Red Sox for the second consecutive day.

Gio Gonzalez picked up his eighth win of the season as he went six and one third innings on the mound giving up just three hits, two earned runs and striking out five Red Sox batters while walking just two.

The final game of the Nationals and Red Sox series will be played tomorrow afternoon with first pitch coming at 1:35 PM, EST.

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Nationals Vs. Red Sox Score Update: Washington With A 4-0 Lead Over Boston After Five Innings

The Washington Nationals are currently ahead over the Boston Red Sox this afternoon at Fenway Park. After leading 1-0 after the second inning, the Nats put three runs on the board in the top of fourth inning to give themselves a 4-0 cushion after five innings.

Adam LaRoche put the first run on the board for Washington with his home run to right center in the second inning. Micahel Morse's ground-rule double plated Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond followed that up with two-run single that scored Ryan Zimmerman and the aforementioned Morse in the fourth inning.

Gio Gonzalez got the start on the mound and is currently pitching a masterful game for Washington.

Through five innings of work, Gonzalez has given up just one hit, one walk and has struck out five Red Sox batters so far in the game.

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Nationals Vs. Red Sox Lineups: Michael Morse Again The Designated Hitter On Saturday At Fenway

The Washington Nationals impressed on Friday evening, defeating the Boston Red Sox 7-4 at Fenway Park behind the arm of Stephen Strasburg and the bat of Bryce Harper. Washington looks to take back-to-back games Saturday afternoon when lefty Gio Gonzalez takes the mound, against a Boston team starting Daisuke Matsuzaka for the first time this season.

Michael Morse will once again be the designated hitter for Davey Johnson's club in the American League ballpark. Harper will hit second and man center field, flanked by Steve Lombardozzi in left and Rick Ankiel in right.

The full Nationals lineup, via the @NationalsPR twitter feed:

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Nationals Vs. Red Sox: Gio Gonzalez, Washington Look To Spoil Daisuke Matsuzaka's Return

The Washington Nationals (33-23) received huge contributions from their young superstars in a win at Fenway Park on Friday night, and on Saturday they hope their prized off-season acquisition can continue his dominant ways.

Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 Boston (29-29) batters Friday night,and Bryce Harper went three for five with a home run as Washington defeated the Red Sox 7-4. Lefty Gio Gonzalez (7-2, 2.31 ERA) will take the mound on Saturday for the Nationals, looking to notch his eight win this season. Gonzalez has a 1.87 ERA in his last 10 starts, despite struggling against Atlanta last time out, allowing three runs in just 4 2/3 innings of work. He still leads all major league starters this year with a .172 opponent batting average and is second with 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings.

For the Red Sox, Daisuke Matsuzaka makes his return to the major leagues on Saturday following Tommy John surgery. Matsuzaka was 3-3 with a 5.30 ERA in seven starts (eight appearances) before his injury last year.

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Nationals Vs. Red Sox Recap: Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper Dominant in Series-Opening Win

The Washington Nationals opened their weekend interleague series against the Red Sox with a 7-4 win on Friday night. The Nats' lineup ripped Boston starter Felix Doubront and Stephen Strasburg settled in to mow down the Red Sox. Strasburg went six innings and struck out 13 batters -- the second time he's done that in a month and one shy of his career record. After getting a four-run cushion, Strasburg absolutely breezed through Bobby Valentine's lineup with a stretch that included seven Ks out of eight batters faced.

On offense, it was the first two hitters in the Washington lineup who played key roles in back-to-back three-run innings off Doubront. Bryce Harper was a triple shy of the cycle, and his night included an absolute bomb of a home run to the triangle in right-center. The ball landed in the stands just to the right of the 420-foot sign on the wall. Harper added a third RBI in the sixth inning, putting the Nats seventh and final run on the board with a single to left that scored Tyler Moore. In addition to Harper, Danny Espinosa had a big night with doubles at the heart of each of the two Nats' rallies.

Things got a littler interesting late with Brad Lidge on the mound, but Tyler Clippard came on to slam the door in what became a save situation. Washington will try to take the series on Saturday with Gio Gonzalez on the mound. Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his first start of the season for Boston.

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Nationals Vs. Red Sox Update: Bryce Harper Crushes Homer To Center, Stephen Strasburg Dominating Boston Lineup

The Nationals have put on a show through the five innings at Fenway Park on Friday night. After falling behind 2-0, the Nats lineup jumped all over Felix Doubront with three-run innings in the third and fourth to take a 6-2 lead. In his first game at Fenway, Bryce Harper lit up Doubront with two extra base hits in back-to-back innings. The first was a double ripped to the gap just short of the triangle in centerfield. Boston's Scott Podsednik cut it off but Harper easily stretched it in to a double. Then in the fourth, he would take it to the triangle again only this time he added about another 30 feet, clearing the wall just to the left of the 420 foot sign. It was a mammoth blast that had the crowd in a state of stunned admiration and the Nats up four runs.

In addition to Harper, Danny Espinosa has ripped two extra base hits. Batting in the lead-off spot, Espinosa hit back-to-back doubles in the third and fourth innings. The second was a ground rule double that bounced into the bullpen and knocked in Tyler Moore. Espinosa is two for two with a walk and two runs in what could be his best game of the season so far.

The Nats have been pretty remarkable on the mound and in the field as well. With a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 3rd, it appeared Stephen Strasburg had given up a solo shot to Adrian Gonzalez to tie it up. But rightfielder Xavier Nady raced to the short wall against the bullpens and pulled it back to end the inning with the catch of the year so far. Strasburg met Nady at the top of the dugout to thank him for the remarkable catch which held the lead and carried over momentum to the offense in the next half inning.

Aside from the Nady catch, Strasburg has not needed a ton of help from his fielders. Despite a little hiccup in the second inning, the Nats ace has struck out 10 batters and mowed down Boston. He has gotten stronger as the game has progressed and he got a multi-run lead. He K'ed the middle of the order in the fourth without much trouble, part of a streak of five straight strikeouts and seven of eight Boston whiffs.

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Nationals Vs. Red Sox Lineups: Michael Morse Bats As Designated Hitter In First Game In Boston

The Washington Nationals play with the designated hitter for the first time this season on Friday night as they make the trip to Fenway Park to play the Boston Red Sox. Michael Morse, playing in only his sixth game this season, will get the DH duties on Friday as he hits from No. 4 spot in the lineup. Bryce Harper will play in centerfield and bat second, while Xavier Nady and Tyler Moore will play right and left field respectively and hit seventh and eighth.

The rest of the Nationals' lineup was published on their twitter account.

The Nationals send pitcher Stephen Strasburg to the mound to try and earn his seventh win of the season.

The game is scheduled for a 7:10 p.m. start from Fenway. Television coverage will be provided by MASN with radio coverage on 106.7 The Fan FM, 1500 WFED AM and 1580 WHFS AM.

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Nationals Vs. Red Sox: Stephen Strasburg Takes The Hill At Fenway Park

The Washington Nationals look for their first win at Fenway Park on Friday night. Can pitcher Stephen Strasburg cool off the Red Sox bats?

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