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Purple Sox soar on prime at begin, nip Nationals

Aug 15, 2023; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop CJ Abrams (5) steals second base ahead of a tag by Boston Red Sox shortstop Pablo Reyes (19) during the first inning at Nationals Park.

Aug 15, 2023; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop CJ Abrams (5) steals second base forward of a tag by Boston Purple Sox shortstop Pablo Reyes (19) in the course of the first inning at Nationals Park.
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Alex Verdugo opened the sport with a homer, Triston Casas had two hits and two RBIs and the Boston Purple Sox defeated the Washington Nationals 5-4 on Tuesday night time.

Pablo Reyes added two hits for Boston, which has received 5 of six.

4 Boston relievers tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings to finish the sport. John Schreiber (2-1) pitched one inning for the win, and Kenley Jansen labored a 1-2-3 ninth for his twenty eighth save.

Keibert Ruiz and Stone Garrett had two-run doubles for Washington, which had received three straight.

Washington starter Josiah Grey (7-10) was charged with 5 runs on 5 hits over three-plus innings, his shortest begin of the season. Grey has allowed 14 runs in 11 1/3 innings over his previous three begins as his ERA has climbed from 3.27 to three.96.

Verdugo gave the Purple Sox and early 1-0 lead when he led off the sport along with his ninth homer of the season, a shot to right-center.

Boston’s Reese McGuire opened the third inning with a single and stole second. With two outs, Rafael Devers and Trevor Story walked to load the bases. Casas then lined a 3-2 Grey pitch to proper, driving in two runs.

Washington rallied in its half of the third. Blake Rutherford led off with a single, and Lane Thomas and Joey Meneses drew one-out walks. Ruiz adopted with double into the nook in proper, scoring Rutherford and Thomas. After Dominic Smith struck out, Garrett doubled to proper, knocking in Meneses and Ruiz scored to provide the Nationals a 4-3 lead.

Grey could not maintain the sting, Jarren Duran singled and Reyes doubled to open the fourth, prompting the Nationals to usher in reliever Robert Garcia. McGuire reached on catcher’s interference to load the bases.

When Verdugo flied to deep middle, Duran scored and Reyes raced to 3rd, however McGuire was thrown out at second. Reyes scored on a wild pitch to provide the Purple Sox a 5-4 edge.

Purple Sox starter Nick Pivetta was lifted after 4 1/3 innings, having given up 4 runs on 5 hits and three walks. He struck out seven.

—Discipline Degree Media

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