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“As far as the eighth inning goes, if we limit them to one run there, we’ve still got a chance,” said Joel Hanrahan, who gave up Boston’s final run in the ninth inning.
The bullpen deluge did blot out the importance of the Nationals’ missed chances, particularly in the fourth.
Before the Nationals had two outs in the inning, they had gotten a Zimmerman single, three walks and a run off Penny’s wild pitch with Willie Harris at the plate.
All it netted, though, was the run off the wild pitch. Anderson Hernandez hit a weak grounder toward third baseman Mike Lowell, who threw out Josh Willingham at home plate, and Lannan struck out to end the inning.
And while Boston was mashing its way through the Nationals’ bullpen, Washington couldn’t get a hit until the ninth, when two singles preceded a game-ending Nick Johnson double play.
“There’s not a lot of difference between those guys and the Yankees [whom the Nationals beat two out of three last week],” catcher Josh Bard said. “Today’s one of those days where we didn’t execute.”
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