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Nick Green has been doing a lot to help the Red Sox win lately. He produced a game-winning HR Sunday afternoon, a nifty double play Tuesday night, and Wednesday he nearly was impaled by a broken bat in a strange play that was called a single by Elijah Dukes. He play didn’t hurt the Sox too much, as they kept their shortstop healthy and managed to beat the Nationals 6-4.
David Ortiz launched his seventh HR and Jason Varitek hit his 11th as the Sox banged out seven hits and six runs off starter Craig Stammen, who earned the loss. Green, despite being nearly hit by the splintered bat in the second inning, finished 1-4 with a run scored.
David Ortiz, DH: Big Papi finished 2-3 with two runs and three RBI, all coming on his seventh HR of the season and first on the road. He’s now hitting .219 as he continues to battle back.
Jason Bay, LF: He may be a U.S. citizen soon, but Bay appears nervous playing in the nation’s capital. He finished 0-4 with three strikeouts.
“I didn’t see the bat until it bounced right in front of me,” Green said. “I saw it bouncing and I put my arm to try to get it out of the way, and the ball went right between my legs. It was unfortunate because it was a double-play ball.”
W: Jon Lester (6-6)
L: Craig Stammen (1-3)
S: Jonathan Papelbon (17)