Game over: Red Sox 8, Phillies 3
Ramirez gave up three runs on two doubles and a homer. But the Sox nonetheless won for the fifth time in the last six games and are three games over .500 for the first time this season.
Back with more later on.
Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 8, Phillies 0
The Sox tacked on a run against Danys Baez as Pedroia walked, Martinez doubled and Beltre delivered a sacrifice fly. Beltre is now hitting .325 with 26 RBI, third on the team.
Wakefield is done after 102 pitches. Ramon Ramirez in, which gives the Phillies an excellent chance to end their 19-inning scoreless streak.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 7, Phillies 0
Wakefield walked Utley with two outs but got Howard to ground to first. Wake is now three outs away from his first shutout since July 29, 1997. He beat Seattle (and Randy Johnson) that day at Fenway. He, Ken Griffey Jr. and A-Rod are the only players who played in that game still active in the majors.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 7, Phillies 0
The Sox put two runners on but Wakefield and Ellsbury struck out against J.C. Romero.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 7, Phillies 0
Castro (boy, he’s a pesky one) doubled with one out. But Hoover grounded out before pinch hitter Ben Francisco popped up. That’s 18 consecutive scoreless innings for the Phillies and only six hits.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 7, Phillies 0
Sox went in order against Chad Durbin/ The only question now is how much they want to get out of Wakefield. These last five games have really given the bullpen a break. The So have used their relievers only five innings since Wednesday.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 7, Phillies 0
Chase Utley tripled to right field, the ball striking the wall above the outstretched glove of J.D. Drew. No problem for Wake. He struck out Howard and then got Werth to ground to third. Beltre fielded a tough hop, spun and made a strong throw that Youkilis dug out of the dirt as he fell.
That’s 17 consecutive innings without a run for the Phillies and only five hits.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 7, Phillies 0
Down goes Halladay! And he’s out! Youkilis homered to left, making him 21 of 56 (.375) against Halladay. Drew followed with a double to the gap in left. Singles by Beltre and Scutaro drove in a run before Wakefield sacrificed.
Ellsbury followed with a grounder up the midldle that Castro tracked down. Beltre scored and Scutaro kept on running and scored when Castro threw to third. That was it for Halladay.
If you read the pregame post today, I detailed how the Phillies have been abusing Halladay. It caught up to him today.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 3, Phillies 0
1-2-3 for Wakefield. He is working on a three-hit shutout. Meanwhile, the Phillies haven’t scored in 16 straight innings and the first five innings took 75 minutes.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 3, Phillies 0
Three up and three down for Halladay, all groundouts. Of his 15 outs, 13 have come on grounders.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 3, Phillies 0
Old Man Wakefield is mowing ’em down. Werth singled with one out but Ibanez lined to left and Castro grounded to third.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 3 Phillies 0
Martinez singled to right with one out before Youkilis walked and Drew singled to load the bases. Beltre followed with a grounder to third that looked like a double-play ball — until it went right through the legs of Dobbs. Two runs scored and Beltre got one RBI.
Hermida grounded out before Scutaro was intentionally walked. Wakefield grounded out to end the inning but the Red Sox will happily take two runs and clearing the pitcher.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0
Victorino doubled to left with one out. But Dobbs flied to left and Utley grounded to second.
I’m not much for mascot but the Philly Phanatic is great. He’s in the second deck next to the press box now dancing to some hip-hop.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0
Easy inning for Halladay. He got Scutaro and Wakefield to ground out and Ellsbury lined to second. Of his nine outs, seven have come on the ground. Halladay has an amazing ability to get hitters to swing at the pitch he wants and to beat it into the ground. He’s so economical. Hitters rarely seem to get a good cut on him.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0
Wakefied gets a fly ball and two pops to second. The Phillies have no runs on two hits, both singles, in their last 13 innings going back to Friday night.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0
Kevin Youkilis started the inning with a drive to center that Victorino could not grab at the fence. Youkilis steamed into third base and collapsed like he was taken out by a sniper. After Terry Francona and head trainer Mike Reinold came out, Youk stayed in the game and scored when Drew grounded to first.
Get this: The Red Sox have three triples this season and all are by Youkilis.
Get this, Part 2: Youkilis is 20 of 54 (.370) against Halladay in his career.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
Utley reached on an infield hit with two outs before Howard walked. But Werth flied out to deep right. The Phillies have not scored in 12 consecutive innings.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
Halladay got three grounders. Pedroia is now 0 for his last 17 and 4 for his last 36. He hasn’t had a hit since the first inning on Wednesday.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Phillies 0
The sun is out and the rain has stopped here at Citizens Bank Park. Interesting game as Roy Halladay takes on Tim Wakefield. Hope you enjoy it. We’ll have updates throughout the game and, please, feel free to comment.