Strasburg, Harper overpower Sox

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Strasburg, Harper overpower Sox

BOSTON -- All eyes were on phenoms Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper on Friday night at Fenway Park, and they certainly lived up to the hype while leading the Washington Nationals to a 7-4 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Strasburg picked up his seventh win of the season while striking out 13 batters and allowing just two runs on four hits and two walks in six innings.

The only runs he allowed came in the bottom of the second inning, on a Mike Aviles two-out, two-run double off the top of the wall in left-center.

That gave Boston an early 2-0 lead. But Strasburg settled down after that, and the Nationals offense -- led by Harper -- got to Felix Doubront in the third and fourth innings.

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and shortstop Ian Desmond drove in the three runs in the top of the third -- an inning that began with a Danny Espinosa walk and a Harper double, ultimately resulting in a 3-2 Washington lead after three innings.

After Espinosa's RBI ground-rule double into the Red Sox bullpen in the top of the fourth put the Nationals up 4-2, Harper drilled a 1-1 Doubront fastball into the seats in deep right-center, just to the right of the triangle, over the far corner of Boston's bullpen, for a two-run homer and a 6-2 Washington lead.

Harper drove in his third run of the game in the top of the sixth inning when he put a two-out single to left, giving the Nationals a commanding 7-2 lead. Harper finished the game 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.

The Red Sox scored their third run in the bottom of the eighth on an Adrian Gonzalez solo home run to deep center -- the 200th home run of his career -- and then got a fourth run on a Daniel Nava RBI double in the bottom of the ninth, but it wouldn't be enough to get Doubront off the hook, who picked up his third loss of the season.

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.  

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.

Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020. 
 
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration. 

Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.