The Red Sox took two out of three against the Phillies and now move on to Baltimore for a rematch of last September when the Orioles eliminated the Red Sox from the playoffs. Alfredo Aceves finished off the Phils in the 9th. Josh Beckett (4-4) pitched another outstanding game, pitching 7-2/3 innings, allowing 7 hits, 1 run, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a three-run homer and Mike Aviles hit a leadoff homer to start the game. The Red Sox have now won 8 out of their last 10 games. Today's attendance at Citizens Bank park was 45,586 making it the 225th consecutive sellout. The game was played in 2:46.
Top 9th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 1
A Nick Punto walk was about all the Red Sox got. They haven't scored since the third inning. They're turning the four-run lead over to Alfredo Aceves.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 1
Vicente Padilla wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam in relief of Josh Beckett, who allowed a sacrfiice fly by Juan Pierre to end his shutout bid after Pete Orr, No. 4, doubled. After Beckett walked Hunter Pence, Valentine came out for the second time in the inning to take him out.
Top 8th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Lefty Jake Diekman tricked Sox hitters in relief of Cliff Lee. He struck out the side - Gonzalez, Middlebrooks and Saltalamacchia went down swinging.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Beckett allowed a leadoff infield hit and then retired the next three batters. He's pitching very well. During the inning Bobby Valentine and the trainer came out to ask if Beckett was OK. Beckett told him he was and stayed in the game. Beckett has done a lot of running around in this game and it may be he tweaked something like his back but we won't know until after the game.
Top 7th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Josh Beckett sent a long drive to the leftcenter gap, but he was doubled up and the promising inning ended quickly.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Beckett walked Jimmy Rollins, but then started a 1-6-3 double-play on a hard come-backer by Juan Pierre.
Top 6th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Lee has found what ever he didn't have early in the game. He's mowing Sox hitters down with another dominant 1-2-3 inning.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Another nice play by Ortiz at first base as Beckett covers on the play this time. Beckett retires the side 1-2-3.
Top 5th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Lee has settled down, retiring the last eight batters he faced. David Ortiz again lined out to second baseman Galvis in medium right in the shift. Gonzales lined out to Galvis with no shift and Will Middlebrooks popped out to short right where first baseman John Mayberry made the play.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Shane Victorino reached on an infield hit, he stole second base, but Beckett retired the side after that. David Ortiz flashed some leather with a nice stop of the ball on his knees, but Beckett was slow covering and Victorino beat it out. Ortiz then snatched a hard-hit liner by Hunter Pence. The final out was a line drive hit by John Mayberry to right fielder Adrian Gonzalez.
Top 4th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Sox went down in order.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Beckett worked out of a jam in the bottom of the third. With runners on second and third, he got Rollins to ground to third with the infield in. Then Pierre lined to first and David Ortiz snapped it up.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Probably the deepest position on a shift I've seen on Ortiz was Freddy Galvis playing what I believe was a medium right field. Ortiz lined out right to him. Adrian Gonzalez singled to left, his second hit. Will Middlebrooks launched a a double to leftcenter sending Gonzo to third. Saltalamacchia, hitting righthanded, launched an absolute bomb to centerfield on a 2-0 pitch, his 7th homer. He now has 19 RBI.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 2, Phillies 0
Beckett's got his stuff today. Hunter Pence reached on an infield single to third base, but Beckett got a double-play grounder to third by Ty Wigginton. Once again, great turn by Pedroia, who hangs in with runners bearing down as well as anyone I've ever seen.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 2, Phillies 0
Getting anything off Cliff Lee is a victory, but the Sox managed to add to their lead with some very patient at bats. Daniel Nava seemed to turn the tide after one out when he walked after being down on the count 0-2. Marlon Byrd stroked a single through the shortstop hole. After Josh Beckett's sac bunt attempt failed and Nava was thrown out at third, Mike Aviles ran the count to 3-2, fouled off some tough pitches and then singled to left scoring Byrd.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0
Beckett has a good curve ball and tail on his fastball in the first inning as the Phillies go down in order. Beckett struck out Jimmy Rollins on a curve ball that caught the outside of the plate. Juan Pierre hit a hard drive to left on which Daniel Nava made a nice play to track down and Shane Victorino grounded up the middle where Mike Aviles scooped it up and threw him out.
Top 1st: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0
Mike Aviles loves this ballpark. The Sox shortstop led off the game with a home run off Cliff Lee. Aviles also led off Saturday night's game with a homer. Lee certainly recovered striking out the side, though Adrian Gonzalez singled up the middle with two outs. Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Will Middlebrooks, all went down on strikes.