Nationals - 003 301 000 - 7 12 0 Red Sox - 020 000 011 - 4 8 0Strasburg (6-4-2-2-13, 119) dominated the Red Sox and Bryce Harper (age 19) became only the third visiting teenager since 1940 to collect three hits in a game at Fenway Park.
The other two teenagers with three hits were Al Kaline (18, September 16, 1953) and Ken Griffey Jr. (19, May 25, 1989). However, both Kaline and Griffey hit three singles; Harper doubled in the third, homered in the fourth, and singled in the sixth.
Strasburg struck out 13 of the 24 batters he faced, getting Daniel Nava and Kevin Youkilis three times each, and Dustin Pedroia and Jarrod Saltalamacchia twice each. From the start of the third inning, Strasburg struck out seven of eight consecutive batters (and eight of 10). He is the youngest visiting pitcher since at least 1918 to record 13 strikeouts in a Fenway game.
Boston broke on top first as Mike Aviles smacked a two-run double, scoring David Ortiz (walk) and Ryan Sweeney (single), but Washington quickly scored six times off Doubront (4-8-6-2-6, 82).
With one out in the third, Danny Espinosa walked, Harper doubled, and Ryan Zimmerman hit a run-scoring single. After another walk and a strikeout, Ian Desmond doubled in two runs to give the Nats a 3-2 lead. Tyler Moore doubled to start the fourth and scored on Espinosa's double. Then Harper went deep, making the score 6-2. He added an RBI single in the sixth.
The Red Sox had a golden scoring opportunity in the sixth. With one out, Pedroia singled, Adrian Gonzalez doubled and Ortiz walked, loading the bases. Strasburg bore down and struck out both Saltalamacchia and Youkilis to get out of trouble (and end his night at a career-high 119 pitches). Yook thought the full-count pitch was low and was ejected by home plate umpire Doug Eddings. The pitch - a fastball - was far too close to take in that situation and Brooks has it clearly in the strike zone.
In the ninth, Nava singled home Nick Punto who had pinch-hit and walked.
Gonzalez had a solid night at the plate, doubling in the sixth and homering to dead center in the eighth. It was the 200th home run of his career. Gonzalez was robbed of a home run earlier in the game, as Xavier Nady reached over into the visitors bullpen to make the catch in the third inning.
Stephen Strasburg / Felix Doubront
Nava, LFThe Red Sox will have their hands full with Strasburg, who has a 2.35 ERA (5th best in MLB) in 11 starts. In eight of those 11 starts, he has allowed three or fewer earned runs. He is striking out an average of 11 batters per 9 innings (2nd best in NL).
The Nationals are 32-23 and lead the NL East by one game over Atlanta. They have a team ERA of 2.99, which is the best in baseball and almost one full run below the MLB average of 3.95. By comparison, Boston is 27th in team ERA at 4.42.