Boston -- When Kyle Snyder was released by the Kansas City Royals last week, he didn't know where his baseball career would take him next.
Then Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein called.
"I started shaking a little bit," the 6-foot-8 right-hander said after throwing five solid innings to help Boston beat the Washington Nationals, 6-3, last night. "It wasn't what I anticipated, obviously."
Signed for an emergency start after the Red Sox lost three starters to the disabled list, Snyder (1-0) had a career-high six strikeouts and allowed three runs and four hits. Manager Terry Francona said he didn't know how Snyder would be used next.
"Where it goes from here, we'll see," Snyder said. "But I am going to do all I can to help this ballclub win."
Manny Ramirez hit his 453rd career homer and Gabe Kapler had two hits in his return to the starting lineup to help Boston win its fourth consecutive game.
Jose Vidro and Jose Guillen hit bases-empty homers for the Nationals, who won their previous two games with comeback victories over the New York Yankees.
Washington's Tony Armas (6-4) gave up four runs and eight hits with two walks in 3 2/3 innings. He has given up 11 runs in his past 6 2/3 innings and hasn't won in three starts since June 4.
"If our starting pitching doesn't go deep, we're in trouble," Washington manager Frank Robinson said.
The Nationals scored single runs in the first three innings. Boston tied it in the second when Jason Varitek hit a leadoff double, then Mike Lowell, Coco Crisp and Alex Cora singled.
With David Wells, Matt Clement and Lenny DiNardo on the disabled list and closer Jonathan Papelbon resting after three straight outings, the Red Sox got seven innings from Snyder, Jermaine Van Buren and Javier Lopez, who all started the season in Triple-A.