Roger Bernadina doubled off Alfredo Aceves in the top of the ninth and advanced to third on a play that scored Bryce Harper and gave the Nationals both a 4-3 victory and a series sweep against the Red Sox Sunday.
Bobby Valentine was ejected with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning by home plate umpire Al Porter shortly before Tyler Clippard struck out Dustin Pedroia to end the game.
Jon Lester was sharp for the most part after allowing a run in the top of the first inning, but his final inning of work was an ugly one as he allowed two runs in the top of the seventh. He finished the day having allowed six hits and three earned runs over seven innings with a season-high nine strikeouts. He walked two batters on the day.
Lester allowed a leadoff double to Danny Espinosa in the top of the first, and it cost the lefty when Ryan Zimmerman drove home Espinosa two batters later. The Sox would tie it up and take the lead by getting a run in both the third and fourth innings, the second of which came on David Ortiz' 14th homer of the season.
The Nationals scored two more off Lester in the seventh inning to take a 3-2 lead, but the Sox tied it in the bottom of the inning on an RBI groundout from Scott Podsednik that scored Ryan Sweeney.
Jordan Zimmerman countered Lester's performance with a strong showing of his own, limiting the Red Sox to three runs over seven innings. He surrendered seven hits and a pair of walks and compiled seven strikeouts.
The game was the Red Sox' 745th consecutive sellout, setting a new record for American major league sports. The previous record was held by the NBA's Trail Blazers, who sold out 744 games from 1987 until 1995.
The Sox next hit the road for three-games series against the Marlins and Cubs. Josh Beckett will take the mound against Josh Johnson on Monday in Miami.
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Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
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Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
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Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
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Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
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Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
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