Game over: Red Sox 9, Phillies 2 The Red Sox pounded 14 hits, Jonny Gomes and David Ortiz homered, Jacoby Ellsbury stole a team-record five bases and Jarrod Saltalmacchia drove in three runs as the Red Sox snapped a two-game losing streak.
The Red Sox will go into New York for a three-game series with a two-game lead over the slumping Yankees who have lost five straight. The game was played in 3:15 before 40,083 at Citizens Bank Park.
Top 9th: Red Sox 9, Phillies 2 – Jackie Bradley, a defensive replacement, comes up and snaps an 0-for-21 with a single. He eventually scored on Stephen Drew’s groundout as he’s pushed around the bases with a double by Mike Napoli, who came on to replace Ortiz defensively. Back to-back doubles by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jose Iglesias produced two more runs.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 6, Phillies 2 – There was a Cesar Hernandez base hit, but the Phillies are asleep tonight.
Top 8th: Red Sox 6, Phils 2 – Jacoby Ellsbury singled and stole his fifth base, advanced to third on an error by the catcher on the throw. The five steals (which give him 21) are a club record.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 6, Phillies 2 – Erik Kratz hit with a pitch by Clayton Mortensen. No action by the umpire who issued a warning to both teams after Jacoby Ellsbury was hit in the back with a pitch back in the sixth.
Top 7th: Red Sox 6, Phillies 2 – David Ortiz, playing first base tonight, homered to right. Ortiz has now hit 20 homers in 171 at-bats as a first baseman.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 2 – Craig Breslow comes on to pitch a rocking chair inning.
Top 6th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 2 – Jonny Gomes goes deep to give Boston a 3-run cushion.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 4, Phillies 2 – Morales gets a 1-2-3 inning in his final inning. He threw 79 pitches, allowed two runs, two walks, four hits with two strikeouts.
Top 5th: Red Sox 4, Phillies 2 – David Ortiz walked but he was erased on an inning-ending double-play by Stephen Drew.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 4, Phillies 2 – Huge chance for Phillies gone by the board. They loaded the bases on two walks and a single by Domonic Brown, but slow-footed catcher Erik Kratz knocked into a double play to end the threat. A key moment in this game.
Top 4th: Red Sox 4, Phillies 2 – Jacoby Ellsbury remains red hot with a single, his second hit and also stole second base. The Sox couldn’t drive him in.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 4, Phillies 2 – Morales gets the side in order.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 4, Phillies 2 -Pettibone strikes out Carp and Salty, walks Drew, but gets out of the inning unharmed.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 4, Phillies 2 – Morales has a strong, efficient 1-2-3 inning.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 4, Phillies 2 – The Red Sox flirted with more runs, but came up short. Jacoby Ellsbury stole his 17th base and moved to third on Dustin Pedroia’s infield hit, but David Ortiz flew out deep to center to end the inning.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 4, Phillies 2 – The Phillies get a pair back off starter Franklin Morales when Delmon Young hit an opposite-field homer to right with Cesar Hernandez aboard. It was Hernandez’ first major league hit and Young’s fourth homer.
Top 1st: Red Sox 4, Phillies 0 – With the Phillies starting youngster Jay Pettibone, the Red Sox cleaned up. Ellsbury and Nava combined for singles to put runners at the corners. The first run scored on Dustin Pedroia’s single. After David Ortiz walked, Mike Carp singled to right scoring a run. After Stephen Drew struck out, Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled to right scoring two runs.