WASHINGTON (AP) — Keibert Ruiz hit a tiebreaking three-run homer within the eighth inning, Stone Garrett homered twice for the primary time in his profession, and the Washington Nationals beat the Boston Crimson Sox 6-2 on Wednesday evening.
After Lane Thomas singled and Joey Meneses was hit by a pitch main off the eighth, Ruiz drove an 0-1 changeup from Garrett Whitlock (5-4) to right-center to make it 5-2. Two pitches later, Garrett hit a no-doubt, 442-foot liner to middle, his ninth of the season. Garrett additionally homered main off the fourth.
MacKenzie Gore allowed one hit whereas pitching into the seventh inning for Washington however departed after 85 pitches. The second-year lefty appeared to have some discomfort on his pitching hand after throwing a first-pitch ball to Trevor Story with one out.
Jordan Weems got here in and retired Story on a double-play grounder however gave up a tying, two-run homer to Pablo Reyes within the eighth that woke up the pro-Crimson Sox crowd of 26,507. Jose A. Ferrer (2-0) received the ultimate two outs of the inning.
Michael Chavis hit his second homer of the season for the light-hitting Nationals, who entered the evening with the second-fewest homers within the majors, forward of solely Cleveland.
Boston, which got here in trailing AL East rival Toronto by three video games for the ultimate wild-card spot, fell to 7-7 in August. Rebuilding Washington has gained 13 of 16 at house and improved to 20-13 since July 8.
Gore retired the primary 10 batters, struck out seven and confronted one batter over the minimal by way of six. He outdueled veteran lefty James Paxton who gave up two runs on 5 hits in six innings.
Crimson Sox first baseman Triston Casas had six unassisted putouts — three grounders, three popups — by way of 4 innings, together with all three within the first.
Crimson Sox: RHP Tanner Houck (facial fracture) is predicted to rejoin the crew Monday after his ultimate rehab outing Wednesday. … SS Adalberto Mondesí (left knee surgical procedure) has been shut down from baseball actions after not feeling nice whereas ramping up. … RHP Zack Kelly (proper elbow surgical procedure) threw a 25-pitch bullpen on Wednesday.
Nationals: RHP Tanner Rainey (Tommy John restoration) is ready to start a rehab task with Class A Fredericksburg, and RHP Mason Thompson (left knee contusion) will pitch Thursday for Double-A Harrisburg.
Boston’s Chris Sale (5-2, 4.52 ERA) is predicted to throw about 75 pitches in his second begin since a 10-week stint on the injured listing with a stress response in his left shoulder blade, supervisor Alex Cora mentioned. Sale labored 4 2/3 innings final Friday, retiring Detroit’s first 14 batters. One other veteran lefty, Patrick Corbin (7-11, 4.85) begins for Washington.
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