Good morning. Here’s a preview of the game:
RED SOX (29-30)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (3-4, 4.64),
Pitching: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (3-5, 2.82)
Game time: 1:35 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Nationals vs. Lester: Nady 0-8, Zimmerman 1-6, LaRoche 0-5, Ankiel 0-3.
Red Sox vs. Zimmermann: Ortiz 0-2, Pedroia 0-3, Punto 1-3, Youkilis 0-1.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox are 1-4 on their homestand with one game left and are 14-18 at Fenway Park this season.
Notes: The Sox have dropped five of their last six games and are now five games out of first. … The Sox leave after the game for Miami and the start of a six-game road trip. … Lester is 2-0, 3.00 in two career starts against the Nationals. He last faced them in 2009. … Lester has lasted only 22.2 innings in his last four starts and has allowed 17 earned runs. The Sox are 5-7 in the games he has started. … Zimmermann faced the Sox once, in 2009, and allowed one run over seven innings. … Saltalamacchia is 10 of 25 with seven RBIs in his last seven games at Fenway. He has 10 RBIs in his last 12 games overall. … Aviles leads the Red Sox with seven steals. Nobody else has more than three. … Pedroia is 2 of his last 20.
Song of the Day: “Summer Days” by Bob Dylan.