CLEARWATER, Fla – – We’re underway here at Bright House Field.
The Phillies are starting Joe Blanton, who is major trade bait, against the Red Sox who may be in the market for a starting pitcher.
Top 1st: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0
Blanton struck out Nick Punto to lead things off. Dustin Pedroia then blasted a home run to rightfield on a 1-2 pitch. After Ortiz lined out to right, Cody Ross made the third out with a fly ball to center.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0
Jon Lester retired the Phillies 1-2-3 with a pair of grounders and a strikeout of SS Jimmy Rollins.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 2, Phillies 0
Saltalamacchia and Sweeney stroked back-to-back singles to right to start the frame. Salty scored on Jose Iglesias’ fielder’s choice grounder to shortstop where Rollins’ throw handcuffed second baseman Freddy Galvis.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 2, Phillies 0
Jon Lester is dealing. He’s retired the first six batters.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 2, Phillies 0
The Sox are retired in order by Blanton.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 2, Phillies 0
The Phillies put the first two batters on base – Luis Montanez with a single to left field and Galvis doubled to the left field corner. Cody Ross retrieved the ball and made a nice throw to cutoff man Jose Iglesias, who gunned Montanez down at the plate. Lester struck out pitcher Joe Blanton (the Phillies allowed the Red Sox to use a DH but didn’t use one themselves), hit Rollins with a pitch and retired Polonaco with a fly ball out..
Top 4th: Red Sox 2, Phillies 0
Jose Iglesias contributed a two-out single off Blanton.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 2, Phillies 0
Lester fans two more.
Top 5th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Lars Anderson, who could stick with the team as a bench player, doubled to right field. After Nick Punto struck out and Dustin Pedroia flew out, David Ortiz singled scoring Anderson. Ross then homered to left field, his third.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Lester has struck out seven through five innings and allowed only two hits.
Top 6th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
The Sox put two runners on base but couldn’t score. Iglesias walked, reaching base for the third time and Jason Repko singled. But Anderson popped out and Punto took a called third strike.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Lester dominant again. He struck out Hunter Pence and Placido Polnaco and retired the side. He has nine strikeouts.
Top 7th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Sox retired in order.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Lester gets through seven. What a day. He allowed two hits, no walks and struck out 10.
Top 8th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Ah, that youthful hustle. Rightfielder Ronald Bermudez gets a hustle single to the infield.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 0
Matt Alberrs relieved Lester and threw a 1-2-3 inning.
Top 9th: Red Sox 6, Phillies 0
Mauro Gomez homered to left.
Bottom 9th: Red Sox 6, Phillies 0
Ohlendorf gets a double-play grounder. Game over.