Game over: Red Sox 5, Phillies 2
Interesting choice to close this one out - Bobby Jenks. He allowed a single to Placido Polanco and that got Jonathan Papelbon up in the bullpen. After Chase Utley popped out, Ryan Howard delivered a two-run homer on an 0-1 pitch.He walked Shane Victorino before Terry Francona had seen enough and was forced to use Papelbon.
Papelbon came on and struck out Ibanez with a runner on third for the save, his 15th.
The game was played in 3:03 before 45,810.
Top 8th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Dustin Pedroia acted the part of clean-up hitter with a home run to right field, his 7th. Pedroia went with an 0-2 fastball and sent into the windstream in right where it carried pretty well. Varitek followed with a homer on a 2-0 pitch, his second of the game. Reddick nearly made it three sending a long fly ball to right that was caught at the wall.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 3, Phillies 0
The Phils threatened here with two on and one out against Lester. With one out, Howard singled and Victorino walked, but Lester retired Francisco and Ibanez.
Top 7th: Red Sox 3, Phillies 0
Phillies fans don't hold grudges or anything. When J.D. Drew came up to pinch-hit for Darnell McDonald, he got a huge ovation of boos. That was back in 1997 folks, when Drew didn't sign as a No. 1 pick with the Phillies.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 3, Phillies 0
Six, one-hit innings for Lester. The Red Sox really needed to beat the Phillies at their own game.
Top 6th: Red Sox 3, Phillies 0
Don't know how the Red Sox are doing it with this lineup (Well Ok, we do know - Cole Hamels had to leave the game with a hand injury), but they hold the three-run lead. Jason Varitek hit a 3-2 fastball into the rightfield bleachers, his fourth, on a ball that kept drifting into the stands.
Top 5th: Red Sox 2, Phillies 0
Cole Hamels has left the game with a right hand contusion after he caught Gonzalez' linedrive in the fourth. Big break for the Red Sox. X-rays were negative and Hamels is day to day.
Sox rallied for a run against reliever Dave Herndon. Reddick tripled into the rightfield corner. Drew Sutton knocked him in with a single to right. Scutaro and Sutton worked a nice hit and run, poking a single through the hole between first and second. After Lester struck out, Ellsbury stroked a single to left scoring the second run.
Top 4th: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
Hamels nearly has his head taken off by an Adrian Gonzalez liner. Checked out by trainer. He's fine.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
Just got word from Mike Cameron that he's probably not going to discuss today's roster move in which he was designated for assignment, but he said he will address it in the upcoming days.
Lester had his way with the bottom of the Phils lineup, striking out Carlos Ruiz and Hamels and then retiring leadoff man Rollins on a grounder to third.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
Sox go down in order against Hamels, who has allowed a pair of hits, a first-inning infield hit by Ellsbury and a single in the second to Josh Reddick.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
Easy does it for Jon Lester. Retires the Phillies in order. He's got a lineup behind him today minus David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis. He'd better be good.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
Nice afternoon in the City of Brotherly Love. Obviously, lots of action with Mike Cameron designated for assignment. One classy man.
Jacoby Ellsbury singled vs. Cole Hamels but the Sox couldn't muster much else. Another funky lineup with Darnell McDonald hitting second.