The Red Sox then caught up to Strasburg for a stretch. Gonzalez followed Pedroia with a double off the Green Monster and Ortiz walked to load the bases with one out. But the right-hander then struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia swinging and got Kevin Youkilis looking on a 96-mph fastball.
"That's the difference between great pitchers and ones that aren't," Saltalamacchia said. "He just did a great job of getting himself out of jams."
Youkilis thought the final pitch was low and furiously argued the call before he was ejected by umpire Doug Eddings.
NOTES: Harper is the second-youngest visiting player to homer at Fenway. Robin Yount was 32 days younger when he homered here for Milwaukee in 1975. ... Strasburg also struck out 13 in a 4-2 win over Pittsburgh on May 10. ... Friday's game was the first of 15 straight Washington will play against teams from the American League East, meeting every team three times. ... Boston pitching coach Bob McClure was attending to a family matter and not with the team.
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