December 4, 2021

Washington Nationals Game 57 Review: Gio stymies Red Sox in 4-2 win

For the second time in as many days, the Washington Nationals once again pulled off another win at Fenway Park in Boston in interleague action, defeating the Red Sox, 4-2.

The Nats are 34-23 on the season and lead the National League East by a game over the Atlanta Braves. The Nationals have won four out of their last five games.

Gio Gonzalez – who started for the Nationals on the mound – earned his eight win on the season as he went 6 1/3 innings and was charged with two runs. He would give up only two hits, strike out five and for the second straight day, a National pitcher stymied a tough, gritty Red Sox (29-30) lineup.

Gonzalez got a helping hand from his offense as Adam LaRoche hit a solo home run – his 10th on the season in the second inning, Michael Morse plated in a run with a double and Ian Desmond drove in two.

They spoiled the return of right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who spent the past year recovering from Tommy John surgery. He started for Boston on the mound and gave four runs in five innings. Matsuzaka would strike out eight Nationals, walk one and allow five hits.

The Nationals started the scoring off early as LaRoche’s homer gave them an early 1-0 lead; thereafter, they would plate in three more in a key fourth inning thanks to a two-run single by Desmond, followed by Morse’s RBI ground-rule double.

Gonzalez stymied Boston for the first six innings; however, the Red Sox would score all their runs in the seventh inning. He would leave the game with one out left in the frame, and the Red Sox would load the bases with Washington reliever Craig Stammen on the mound. Moments later, Stammen was replaced with southpaw Michael Gonzalez, and he would give up a two-run single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

After Boston scored their runs, Gonzalez would get the Nationals out of the inning. The bullpen for Washington would do their job for the rest of the game as Sean Burnett pitched a scoreless eighth inning; Tyler Clippard earned his ninth save despite allowing a double in the ninth.

The Nationals will go for the series sweep at 1:35 pm Sunday as Jordan Zimmerman squares off against southpaw Jon Lester on the mound.

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