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Ortiz Homers in 6-4 Win Over Nationals

Nick Green

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.

Sox Stud of the Game

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.

Sox Dud of the Game

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.

That’s What He Said

“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.”

Game Notes

W: Jon Lester (6-6)
L: Craig Stammen (1-3)
S: Jonathan Papelbon (17)

  • Jon Lester allowed three runs in six innings to get his sixth win.
  • Sox pinch hitters (Julio Lugo, Mark Kotsay, Rocco Baldelli) finished 0-3.
  • Dustin Pedroia finished 2-4 with a run and an RBI.

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