Nationals get clutch hits, hold off Red Sox

Nationals get clutch hits, hold off Red Sox

Aug 17, 2023; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Jeter Downs (3) scores a run ahead of a tag by Boston Red Sox catcher Connor Wong (12) on a two run double by Nationals designated hitter Joey Meneses (not pictured) during the fifth inning at Nationals Park.
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Joey Meneses had two hits and drove in five runs, Patrick Corbin pitched six strong innings and the host Washington Nationals held on to beat the Boston Red Sox 10-7 in the rubber game of their series on Thursday.

Keibert Ruiz had three hits and Stone Garrett had two hits and three RBIs for the Nationals, who are 5-1 on their homestand and have won 10 of 14.

Corbin (8-11) allowed one run on four hits. He struck out six without a walk.

Boston put runners on second and third with no outs against Kyle Finnegan in the ninth, but Finnegan retired the next three batters without allowing a run for his 19th save.

Luis Urias hit a grand slam for Boston, Rafael Devers hit a two-run homer and Tristan Casas smacked a solo shot.

Chris Sale (5-3) allowed three runs — two earned — in 4 1/3 innings.

Boston trailed 9-1 entering the seventh. Adam Duvall led off with a single against reliever Robert Garcia. With one out, Pablo Reyes singled and Casas walked. After Connor Wong struck out, Urias hit a grand slam to center.

Rob Refsnyder walked and Devers followed with his 27th homer of the season, a shot into the second deck in right center that pulled the Red Sox within 9-7.

Garrett’s RBI-single in the eighth made it 10-7.

Casas gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead when he homered leading off the third.

The Nationals quickly tied it in the bottom of the third. Jeter Downs walked, stole second and went to third on a throwing error by catcher Wong. Downs scored when third baseman Devers misplayed a Meneses grounder.

Alex Call and Downs led off with walks against Sale in the fifth. After Lane Thomas flied to right, Josh Winckowski replaced Sale. Meneses greeted him with a double to left center, scoring two runs to make it 3-1. Ruiz singled Meneses to third and Garrett doubled to bring him home. Riley Adams singled, scoring Ruiz and Garrett and the lead was 6-1.

In the sixth, Meneses doubled home Thomas and Downs, went to third on a single by Ruiz and scored on Garrett’s sacrifice fly to make it 9-1.

—Field Level Media

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