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The Red Sox arrived in Washington, D.C., and with them came a record-setting 41,517 fans to the new Nationals Park. Playing in what became their home away from home, the Red Sox knocked around Nats pitchers all night for 17 hits in an 11-3 win.
Jason Bay and Jacoby Ellsbury each finished with four hits and three RBI to lead the Red Sox to a season-high hit total (17). Bay’s 19th homer got the Sox started in the second inning, and one of Ellsbury’s two triples helped the Sox break it wide open with a six-run eighth inning.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF: Ellsbury finished 4-4 with two singles, two triples, one run, three RBI, and his 30th stolen base of the season.
J.D. Drew, RF: Drew finished 0-3 with two walks. He struck out three times and was the only Sox starter without a hit (besides pitcher Brad Penny).
“These guys are supposed to just go out there and keep us in the game,” said Nats manager Manny Acta of his bullpen. “And they can’t do it.”
W: Manny Delcarmen (2-1)
L: Julian Tavarez (3-5)