Game over: Phillies 4, Red Sox 3: A one-out walk by Stephen Drew set set up a little drama with Jonathan Papelbon against David Ortiz. But Ortiz flew out to right for the second out. Jonny Gomes kept things alive with a single to right. That brought Jacoby Ellsbury to the plate with two on and two out. He looped a double to left field that Domonic Brown dove for and couldn’t reach knocking in the third Boston run.
Daniel Nava grounded to first base for the final out. The game was played in 3:08 before 38,831.
Bottom 8th: Phillies 4, Red Sox 2 – Little insurance for the Phillies came in the form of a Domonic Brown homer off Koji Uehara.
Top 8th: Phillies 3, Red Sox 2 – Red Sox go down in order as Mike Adams strikes out two -Napoli and Salty in an effective set-up inning.
Bottom 7th: Phillies 3, Red Sox 2 – So many squandered chances by both teams. But the Phillies had a whopper here. They had the bases loaded, one out. Andrew Miller couldn’t find the plate until he met up with Ryan Howard. After Miller walked two batters, Howard swung at the first three pitches and struck out. Koji Uehara replaced Miller and he got John Mayberry to pop out.
Top 7th: Phillies 3, Red Sox 2 – Great opportunity for the Red Sox went by the boards. Jose Iglesias doubled to left field and pinch-hitter (for John Lackey) Jonny Gomes was hit by a pitch. But Ellsbury struck out on a questionable called third strike on a pitch low and outside and Daniel Nava grounded out to second.
Bottom 6th: Phillies 3, Red Sox 2 – Lackey escaped a potentially damaging inning when he he got Freddy Glavis to knock into a double-play after being ahead on the count 3-0. All the Phillies wanted here was to add to their lead. Delmon Young walked and pinch-runner John Mayberry stole second base. He was advanced to third on a ground ball out. After Erik Kratz walked and runners at the corners, Galvis made Lackey’s dream come true.
Top 6th: Phillies 3, Red Sox 2 – Daniel Nava socked his seventh homer off the Budweiser sign in right. The inning continued on a bad error by Howard at first when he dropped Freddy Galvis’ throw which would have secured the out on Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia reached and advanced to second base on Mike Napoli’s walk. After Salty lined out, Mike Carp knocked into a 1-6-3 double play. .
Bottom 5th: Phillies 3, Red Sox 1 – Lackey strikes out Frandsen and Howard in a strong 1-2-3 inning.
Top 5th: Phillies 3, Red Sox 1 – Stephen Drew walked. John Lackey executed a nice sacrifice, but the Red Sox could not execute the most important part – driving in the run.
Bottom 4th: Phillies 3, Red Sox 1 – Back-to-back homers by Domonic Brown and Erik Kratz give Phils a two-run advantage.
Top 4th: Red Sox 1, Phillies 1 – Kendrick retires the side. Napoli lined to left, Salty struck out and Carp grounded out to first with the pitcher covering.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 1, Phillies 1 – Ryan Howard stranded two runners with two outs after Kevin Fransden singled and Jimmy Rollins drew a walk with two outs.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 1, Phillies 1 – Kendrick retired the first two batters – John Lackey and Jacoby Ellsbury – but he walked Daniel Nava, who worked a nice hit and run with Pedroia who singled to center as Nava went to third. Napoli was up when Pedroia was caught stealing to end the game.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 1, Phillies 1 – Ryan Howard hit an opposite-field solo homer to lead off the inning. Delmon Young followed with a single but was erased on a fielder’s choice. Domonic Brown stole second, but Lackey managed to limit the damage.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0 – Lighter load for Kendrick this inning, facing three middle-to-bottom of the order batters (Carp, Drew and Iglesias) and retiring them all.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0 – John Lackey has been nothing but efficient lately and the first inning was no exception. Two ground ball outs and a called third strike to Jimmy Rollins
Top 1st: Red Sox 1, Phillies 0 – Jacoby Ellsbury tripled over Ben Revere’s head in center when Revere broke in on Ellsbury’s smash which was hit to the straight away centerfield expanse. He scored on Dustin Pedroia’s sacrifice fly to center. Mike Napoli had continued the inning with a single, but that’s as much as the Red Sox could muster.
We’re underway here at Citizens Bank Park. Game started at 7:07. Game time temperature is 88 degrees.