Nats Sweep Red Sox

Posted: June 12, 2012

SO MUCH FOR being winless at Fenway Park.

Roger Bernadina's two-out double drove in the go-ahead run and the Washington Nationals held on for a 4-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep. The franchise was 0-9 all time at Fenway before the weekend series began.

"We were overdue," Nats manager Davey Johnson. "This is a whole new ballclub. There's great makeup, great talent on this ballclub. It's only going to get better."

The Montreal Expos went 0-6 at Fenway before the team moved to Washington and became the Nationals, who were swept, 3-0, in a 2006 series at Fenway. The "new" Nationals are unbeaten at Boston's iconic ballpark.

"It shows you we're a good ballclub and that we're not scared of AL East teams. And we're going to come in here and play our best ball," said Jordan Zimmermann, who struck out seven in seven innings before Washington's bench and bullpen rallied for the win.

Rookie Bryce Harper, who was out of the starting lineup because of a sore back, ended up scoring the winning run after drawing a walk while pinch hitting in the ninth with the game tied at 3.

Boston manager Bobby Valentine felt Bernadina should have been called out on Alfredo Aceves' 2-2 fastball, which home plate umpire Al Porter called a ball. Valentine's anger and frustration continued to build and he finally stormed out of the dugout with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for an animated argument with Porter. Valentine, who was ejected, got in Porter's face and came close to making contact a couple of times before leaving the field. He was out of the game, but not done talking.

"Good umpires had a real bad series this series - a real bad series - and it went one way," Valentine said after the game. "There should be a review."

In interleague games: * 

At New York, Russell Martin led off the ninth with his second homer of the game and the Yankees took advantage of some shoddy infield defense to beat the Mets, 5-4, for a three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium.

* At Miami, James Shields (7-4) allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings to win for the first time in his past five starts, and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep by beating the Marlins, 4-2.

* At Pittsburgh, Andrew McCutchen homered and drove in three runs, A.J. Burnett (6-2) won his fifth consecutive start and the Pirates finished their first sweep of an AL team in more than a decade by beating the Kansas City Royals, 3-2.

* At Minneapolis, Ryan Dempster (2-3) further raised his trade value with eight shutout innings, pitching the Chicago Cubs past the Minnesota Twins, 8-2.

* At Chicago, Justin Maxwell, Jose Altuve, J.D. Martinez and Brett Wallace all homered to lead the Houston Astros to an 11-9 win over the White Sox.

* At St. Louis, Jason Kipnis hit a tiebreaking three-run home run off closer Jason Motte (3-3) in the ninth inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the Cardinals, 4-1, to take two of three in the series.

* At Atlanta, Brett Lawrie and Colby Rasmus each homered and drove in three runs and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied from an early four-run deficit to beat the Braves, 12-4.

* At San Francisco, Alexi Ogando pitched three perfect innings and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, leading the Texas Rangers past the Giants, 5-0. Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler each drove in two runs to chase Tim Lincecum (2-7) after 5 2/3 innings.

* At Denver, Mark Trumbo hit a pair of three-run homers to set a career high with six RBI and the Los Angeles Angels beat the slumping Colorado Rockies, 10-8.

* At Phoenix, Joe Saunders (4-4) held Oakland to one earned run over six innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks extended their winning streak to a season-long five games with a 4-3 victory over the Athletics.

* At Seattle, Andre Ethier awakened from a recent slump with his fourth career grand slam to cap a six-run second inning and Chad Billingsley (4-4) pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Mariners, 8-2.

* At Cincinnati, Aroldis Chapman (4-2) hit a batter and threw a wild pitch and Austin Jackson hit a two-run double in the Detroit Tigers' four-run eighth inning on their way to a 7-6 win over the Reds.

In an NL game: * 

At Milwaukee, Ryan Braun homered and Yovani Gallardo (5-5) pitched seven innings to help the Brewers beat the San Diego Padres, 6-5.

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