Wade Miley allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings, the third-shortest outing of his career. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Red Sox can't overcome Wade Miley's poor start, Nationals avoid sweep

Ryan Hannable
April 15, 2015 - 12:47 pm

One turn through the Red Sox' rotation couldn't have gone much better. As for the second one -- not so much. The first time through the rotation Sox starters allowed eight runs over 31 1/3 innings. Through four games the second time around they've allowed 28 runs in just 18 1/3 innings. Wade Miley was the latest to fall, allowing seven runs in just 2 1/3 innings, leading to the Red Sox' 10-5 loss to the Nationals Wednesday afternoon. Washington avoided a three-game sweep with the win. "Things unraveled pretty quick on him," manager John Farrell said after the game. "As sharp as he was in New York, he was almost the flip side of it, as was the whole turn through the rotation this time through. They squared up some fast balls to the opposite field. A couple of sliders that didn't get to the spot. One to [Ian] Desmond, one to [Wilson] Ramos. As quick as he works, that third inning kind of sped up on him and sped up on us." The Red Sox scored five runs against Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez, but the hole they were put in was too big to overcome. But, even down by six runs in the third inning, the Red Sox offense did show they will rarely be out of any game this season, as they have the ability to score runs in bunches at any time. After seeing their lead fall to 8-5, Tyler Moore belted a two-run home run in the seventh inning to extend the Nationals lead to 10-5, thus putting the game out of reach. Despite the loss, the Red Sox have won the first three series' of the season for the first time since 1952. SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Wilson Ramos. The Nationals catcher went 2-for-5 with three RBIs, while also scoring two runs. It was his best game of the season, as he came into the game batting just .167 on the year. Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox loss: WHAT WENT WRONG -- Miley had a rough Fenway Park debut. The quick-working left-hander went just 2 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs on five hits, while walking three and striking out one. He allowed five runs in the third inning, which was the end of his day. Normally a ground ball pitcher, of his six outs put in play, only two of them came on the ground, and of the five hits he allowed, four were for extra bases. It was the third-shortest start of his career. "I need to do a better job of eating up innings and giving us a chance to win," Miley said. "From the gate, I really didn't give the team a chance to overcome what we did. So, this was a bad one." -- Getting the start at first base and batting clean up, Allen Craig went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He is now 0 for his last 11. -- After his three-hit game on Opening Day at Fenway, catcher Sandy Leon came back to earth as the lifetime .204 hitter went 0-for-3. -- Robbie Ross Jr. allowed two runs -- all coming on Moore's home run in his two full innings of relief. The homer extended the Nationals lead to five at the time. WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Anthony Varvaro gave the Red Sox a solid relief effort. Although he allowed back-to-back doubles in the third, allowing a run and an inherited runner to score, the right-hander went 2 1/3 innings, allowing just that one run on four hits. He struck out two and walked one, and threw 50 pitches, which was three shy of his career-high. -- Shane Victorino picked a good time to snap an 0-for-15 slide, as he lined a single to left in the second inning, scoring Mike Napoli, who had tripled to the triangle leading off the inning. Leon drove in Victorino with an RBI ground out to tie the game at two at the time. -- Hanley Ramirez hit his fourth home run of the season -- a two-run shot in the fifth. It was a liner that cleared the Monster down the left field line, getting out of the park in a hurry. -- Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-4. After struggling at the end of the road trip, the second baseman seems to have gotten his swing back, as he's 6-for-11 on the homestand, including a home run Tuesday night.