With Clay Buchholz scratched from his scheduled start, Alfredo Aceves made his first start since being optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket a month ago after a puzzlingly disastrous start against the Oakland As. He was strong in spot duty, allowing just one run over six innings and got plenty of help from a Red Sox offense that banged out 14 hits in an 9-3 win.
Dustin Pedroia (2 for 3) got the Sox on the board early with a two-run home run, his third of the year. Mike Napoli followed up two batters his eighth home run of the year, snapping out of a 9 for 42 dry spell with his first extra-base hit in nearly two weeks. After coming through with the game-winning double, Jacoby Ellsbury went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles. Stephen Drew, who had been 0 for 17 before getting an off-day Saturday, went 2 for 3 with a pair of walks, including one with the bases loaded in the eighth.
The Sox were able to take sole possession of first place as the Yankees fell to the Mets 2-1.
End of the seventh, Red Sox 8, Phillies 1: Fourteen hits from the offense and sox one-run innings from Alfredo Aceves is about as good as things could have gone for the Red Sox with Clay Buchholz scratched.
Clayton Mortensen came on in the seventh and pitched a clean inning and he’s back out for the eighth.
End of the sixth, Red Sox 8, Phillies 1: Coming in, Dustin Pedroia had played 450 ⅔ of the Red Sox 459 innings this season.
Manager John Farrell decided to give him a blow, sending Pedro Ciriaco to pinch run for him after he worked an eight-pitch walk out of Jeremy Horst.
End of the fifth, Red Sox 8, Phillies 1: Jarrod Saltalamacchia came throw with a single that drove in Stephen Drew, then John Mayberry fumbled with it in right field allowing Mike Carp to come around as well, and the Sox continue to pile it on the Phils.
The day off on Saturday seems to have helped Drew. He was 0 for 17 before doubling nearly going for the cycle yesterday, and he’s 2 for 2 today.
Stephen Drew now 5 of 6 with a walk since getting a day off on Saturday. #redsox
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) May 28, 2013
End of the fourth, Red Sox 6, Phillies 1: Ben Revere covered a ton of ground to get to a David Ortiz fly ball, but paid for it when the ground finally ran out on him.
He slammed his left arm into the garage door along the centerfield wall, tumbled to the warming track and came up grabbing his arm, clearly in pain.
He was still holding it when he came off the field. Ortiz was counting the extra bases while the ball was in the air. He looked stunned to see Revere make the grab.
It was a little surprising to see Revere come to the plate in the fifth, let alone rip one to right, but he did.
End of the third, Red Sox 6, Phillies 1: There were boos when Alfredo Aceves gave up a solo shot to Erik Kratz, but they were in retaliation to the cheers from Phillies fans. Besides that, the only other hit he’s given up so far is the ground-rule double to Jimmy Rollins with two outs in the first.
In the meantime, the Sox are giving him a lot of cushion. They hung three more runs up in the third. On RBI doubles from Mike Napoli and Jacoby Ellsbury and a run-scoring single by Stephen Drew.
End of the second inning, Red Sox 3, Phillies 0: Dustin Pedroia just turned another ridiculous double play. He’s making the absurd look routine in the field, and in case you missed it, Nick Cafardo was raving about how remarkable he’s been last week.
One scout said:
?Nobody is playing his position better in baseball right now than Pedroia. He?s playing out of his mind. The plays he?s making ? you just don?t see that stuff every day, but you see it with him every day. Honestly, I?m surprised he doesn?t get hurt with the some of the extensions and the ranging he does. That?s special right there.?
Over the weekend he turned a double-play from his stomach. From his stomach! He’s one of only 25 multiple Gold Glove winners at second base, but it’s crazy that he only has two. He owns the Red Sox records for consecutive games and chances with out an error (98 and 436). Since he las committed an error on Aug. 29, he’s been perfect on 321 chances coming into today.
End of the first inning, Red Sox 3, Phillies 0: When asked if pitcher’s still had the same fear for Dustin Pedroia even though his home run numbers were low, Jon Lester rolled his eyes and shrugged.
“He’s still hitting, what? .340?”
Lester said Pedroia was the type of player to run into 12 to 20 in a season.
He slammed into a Tyler Cloyd cutter for his third blast of the season to give the Sox an early lead.
Mike Napoli followed up with one of his own, and although Napoli’s more of a power threat than Pedroai, it had been two weeks since he had gone deep.
In his last 12 games, Napoli was hitting .214 with 20 strikeouts and just one extra base hit.
Pregame: For the first time since everything went wrong for him on an ugly night against the As more than a month ago, Alfredo Aceves is on the mound to start things off for the Sox, making a spot start for Clay Buchholz, who was scratched with irritation in his collarbone.
As unfortunate as Aceves’s last start was — seven earned runs (eight all together), four walks, seven hits, two balks in 3.1 innings — his comments after caused a stir and he was ultimately optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.
He threw a drama-free ninth inning in the Sox’s 8-1 win over the Indians, and before than he had been for the most part effective in four starts with the PawSox (2-1, 3.13 ERA, 21 strikeouts).
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