After being crushed in the previous two games of the series, the Phils leave Boston with a victory, as they are able to hold on to defeat the Red Sox, 5-3.
Boston took an early lead in the second as Adrian Beltre hits an 0-2 cutter deep into left field for a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season, to give the BoSox a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single into center field, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as, with one man on base, and with still one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run home run to right, his fourth home run of the year, scoring Werth before him, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. Two batters later, with a man once again on second, and with still only one man out, Juan Castro hits an RBI single to right field, scoring Ben Francisco, who had earlier doubled, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. That would be the score until the top of the ninth, as first Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, and then reliever Jose Contreras in the eighth inning, would pitch themselves out of jams by getting BoSox batters to hit into a couple of double plays. Then, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Francisco hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Werth, who had earlier walked, stoled second, and then stole third, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. Then, in the bottom of the ninth, with David Ortiz on third, via a double and a fly out to right by Mike Lowell, and with one man out, Ortiz scored on a Carlos Ruiz’s pass ball, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Daniel Nava hits an RBI single, knocking in J.D. Drew, who had earlier walked, and had gone to second on defensive indifference, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. But that would be the final score as Brad Lidge records his fourth save of the season by getting Marco Scutaro to pop out to third for the final out.
Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up just one run on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight. His record is now 6-5 with a 3.74 ERA. Jose Contreras records his fourth hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. J.C. Romero pitches a third of an inning, giving up two runs on one hit, a walk, and a pass ball. Brad Lidge records his fourth save of the season by pitching two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Tim Wakefield took the lost, as he pitches seven and a thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 2-5 with an ERA of 5.42. Dustin Richardson pitches two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up no runs or hits. Ramon Ramirez pitches an inning, giving up a run on no hits and a walk, as he struck out two.
The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Ben Francisco and Juan Castro had the other five Phils’ hits, with Howard and Francisco’s hits being doubles, with both man scoring a run, while Francisco knocked in a run with a sac fly, with Werth and Castro’s hits being singles, with each knocking in a run and Ibanez’s hit being a two-run home run.
The Phils (32-29, 3rd NL East) have the day off today.