Red Sox Lose 10-5 To Nationals

Considering the way the first two games went, the Washington Nationals found a reason to leave Boston feeling pleased.

Wilson Ramos hit a three-run double and Ian Desmond a solo homer during Washington's six-run third inning, and the Nationals beat the Red Sox 10-5 Wednesday to avoid a three-game sweep.

After losing six of their first eight games and misplaying a pair of flyballs and committing four errors during two losses at Fenway Park, the Nationals headed home after an easy win.

"Leaving now on a positive note," winning pitcher Gio Gonzalez said. "We should have a happy flight."

Tyler Moore had a two-run homer that helped back Gonzalez (1-1), who gave up five runs - four earned - and six hits in six innings. Nationals right-hander Rafael Martin pitched two scoreless innings in his major league debut, striking out his last five batters.

"We just continue to work hard and try to get better everyday," said Desmond, whose bobble in the series opener led to a run. "It's just baseball. It's crazy. It'll rack your brain and make your food taste bad."

Boston starter Wade Miley (0-1) gave up seven runs, five hits and three walks over 2 1-3 innings in his Fenway debut.

"Things unraveled pretty quick on him," Boston manager John Farrell said. "They squared up some fastballs to the opposite field and then a couple of sliders that didn't get to the spot, one to Desmond, one to Ramos."

Hanley Ramirez hit his fourth homer, a two-run drive.

With the score tied at 2-all, the Nationals chased Miley and had four extra-base hits en route to their six runs. Desmond led off with a home run that hit a billboard above the Green Monster seat in left. After Washington loaded the bases on Jayson Werth's single and two walks, Ramos knocked out Miley with his bases-clearing double down the left-field line.

"Really the whole outing wasn't very good," Miley said. "I never established the strike zone, got behind in a lot of counts and that's what's going to happen."

Dan Uggla and Michael A. Taylor added consecutive RBI doubles to make it 8-2.

Ramirez hit a line drive into the Monster seats in the fifth.

Bryce Harper doubled in a run in the first and scored on Ryan Zimmerman's triple.

Boston tied it with two in the second. Shane Victorino had an RBI single and scored on Sandy Leon's groundout.


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